To the purist, drums and electronics go together like liver and custard. But we're not purists. And we quite like liver and custard. Besides, the days when the only sounds electronic drumkits could muster were pathetic, disco-ey 'poos' and EastEnders-style 'dums' are definitely over.
Unfortunately most of today's electronic drumkits cost a small fortune. Not so the USB Drum Kit. Coming in at less than the price of a decent cymbal, this ingenious set up plugs directly into your nearest USB port and plays through your computer's soundcard and speakers. Clever, eh!
Hear the drummer get wicked
Whether you're a total novice or a seasoned skinbasher, the USB Drum Kit is an ideal practice kit as it can be played through headphones for virtually silent practice. The only noise housemates will hear is the tippity-tap of sticks on the kit's rubber trigger pads.
And what about all those thwacktastic drum and cymbal sounds? Well, the USB Drum Kit's 'brain' contains 233 realistic drum sounds and 50 preset rhythm patters, so you can have a bombastic rock kit one minute and a crisp funk kit the next. You can even compose complete arrangements and create and save your own customised patterns and songs.
Easily mounted on a compact rack system, the USB Drum Kit's six playing pads are velocity-sensitive so you can create Dave Grohl-levels of percussive pandemonium or give it a little less wallop, Charlie Watts-styley. The pads can also be 'choked', which, for all you non-drummers out there, means they can be caught with one hand in order to instantly kill any sustain. (Think opening bars of Eye of the Tiger).
Two equally responsive pedals take care of all your bass drum/hi-hat action and we'll even throw in a full tutorial system/CD video to get all you wannabe Keith Moons on the road to superstardom. For those about to rock, we salute you!
Connects to your PC/Mac via USB
The product is despatched without any added packaging around it, so there is nothing to disguise what it is. Please bear this in mind if you intend to give it as a present!
NB - This is the Ion IED05 USB MK2 Drum Kit. This new and improved version is now compatible with Mac! You can now enjoy the USB Drum Kit directly in GarageBand. Product visually varies ever so slightly from the one pictured.
Shipped flat-packed, simple assembly required
Laptop in main image - not included
Compatible with both Windows and Mac (unfortunately the crash choke doesn't work on Mac)
Requires a USB 1.1+ port
Includes CD of learning software and tutorials great for new or experienced drummers who wish to improve their performance.
Easy USB installation.
Complete drum rack easily configures to optimum personal playing positions.
Pads have choke capability while playing crash or ride cymbals.
Advanced sampling technology for high quality audio.
161 sound combinations from 17 sound banks.
7.5 pads with sensitivity adjustment for true drum feeling and response.
The USB Drum Kit (Pedal to the Hi Hat) does function in the same manner as a conventional Drum Kit, allowing the Hi Hat to produce a sound as if it is Open or Closed.