KORG WAVEDRUM ORIENTAL
KORG WAVEDRUM ORIENTAL
WAVEDRUM ORIENTAL Dynamic Percussion Synthesizer - The Limited Edition WAVEDRUM ORIENTAL boasts a massive infusion of popular, unique, and accurate Arabic percussion sounds, all eminently playable from the dynamic rim and real drum head surface.
The WAVEDRUM is distinguished by its revolutionary synthesis technology, and by an interface that allows a direct physical method of performance, making it the ideal instrument for replicating and articulating these exacting Arabic sounds.
"It's inside that the changes have been made, with nine new algorithms being used as the basis for the 50 new sounds."
Other than the additional sounds, the Wavedrum Oriental is exactly the same as the original 'second generation' Wavedrum.
The same tensionable head sits in the middle of the comfortably-sculpted chassis, with a modest control panel at the top. Controls are limited to six buttons - for patch/bank selection and editing - volume control, a three-section LED and continuous control value pot.
In terms of connections, the Wavedrum is similarly economical, with just left and right outputs, aux-in and headphone output. There's again no provision for MIDI connectivity on this Oriental version, something that doesn't bother us in the slightest given its pre-eminence as a standalone instrument.
It's inside that the changes have been made, with nine new algorithms being used as the basis for the 50 new sounds that the Oriental offers. There are three new basic types of algorithm here; one used for single-skinned (thin) hand percussion, one for single-skinned instruments with jingles and one for double-skinned drums with a snare.
It's no surprise to find that the new algorithms deliver sounds that are completely in keeping with the three-dimensional quality of the existing Wavedrum soundset.
It's an incredible instrument capable of real sensitivity and an acoustic-like response that sets it apart from anything else currently available, and the new sounds live up to expectations.
The name of the unit is somewhat misleading, though. 'Oriental' here refers to 'The East', but not the Far East, so if you were expecting gamelans and taiko drums, you'll be disappointed.
Instead, it specialises in Middle Eastern instruments; darabukas, bendirs, reqs and the like, all of which feel predictably lifelike. Combining rim sounds with the 'main' head instrument on each Wavedrum patch allows for real expressiveness, as does the ability to pitch-bend sounds by increasing pressure on the head, etc.
Last year's Wavedrum was great, this one is even better, with a broader range of sounds that sit perfectly with the 'standard' Wavedrum tones.
We can't help feeling a little mis-sold with the 'Oriental' tag, given the lack of Far Eastern percussion, but what is here is extremely impressive.
There's no massive leap (or any change at all) in terms of editing ease - it's still a case of poking around being guided by arcane abbreviations from the LCD screen, but the weirdness of the Wavedrum is what makes it special.
The number of preset programs has been increased from the previous 100 and now stands at 150 preset programs.
Together with the 150 user programs, you can now choose from a total of 300 variations.
The appearance has also been enhanced. The body is a white tone reminiscent of a high-quality darbuka's ceramic body, complemented by a deep red wine-colored rim suggestive of the riches of Arabian culture.
As the standard-bearer of a new musical movement, or as the perfect instrument for the percussionist seeking a broader range of sounds, the Wavedrum Oriental will deliver performances that are both traditional and creative.
Synthesis: DSP + PCM Combination
DSP Algorithms: 45 Total
PCM Instruments: 300 Total; 150 Head, 150 Rim
Programs: 300 Total; 150 Preset, 150 User
Loop Phrases: 140 Total; Various genres and tempos
Effects: Reverb, Delay
Panel Controls: Volume knob, Value knob
Write button, 1-4 buttons, Bank/Mode button
Input/Output jacks: Output: L, R 1/4-inch unbalanced
Phones: Stereo mini phone jack
AUX IN: Stereo mini phone jack
Display: 3-character 7-segment LED
Sampling frequency: 48 kHz
A/D, D/A conversion: 24 bit
Power supply: DC9V 1.7A
Dimensions: W x D x H: 13.74" x 13.54" x 2.95"
Weight: 4.41 lbs.
Included items: AC Adapter, Tuning key, Allen wrench
Options: Percussion Stand STWD
Soft Case SCWD
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