In the last few years, I’ve been working on different ways a drum set can be put together. With electric drums, you can do so much more. Take, for example, this e-drum setup at the Keith McMillen Instruments booth. They were showing off their BopPad smart fabric drum, while bringing in a drumset feel, and finally adding the Pearl Malletstation (by Keith McMillen).
This is a great setup if you are a theatre or orchestra percussionist. It’s also a fun way for drummers to turn into solo shows. I really don’t do the setup justice too much, since I am sitting down at this setup for the first time. If you put a little bit of time and through into it, you could come up with some fun musical ideas.
A 4-zone pad that can be used with hands or stick. The fabric drum is a different style of sensor (unlike most piezzo drums) that can sense pressure and impact. You can strike the pad, run a finger across it, push it down while hitting, and the drum will react, depending on what sounds you put in it.
This is a 3 octave keyboard made for Pearl by Keith McMillen. This is powered by USB MIDI, so you can connect to an iOS device. This is an adjustable range device. With key caps, you can change the pad range from a C – to – C instrument, to a F – to – F.
Of course, the Malletstation can replace not only all of your keyboard instruments (like Marimba, or Vibraphone), but also cover many other instruments. You can also play a drumset with this keyboard.