Video: Turn Your Drum Kit Into a Sampler Workstation | Evans Hybrid Sensory Percussion

Imagine if your drum kit's snare could sound like any snare on the planet. That you could map your favorite 808 knock from a sample library to your acoustic kick. Or that you could trigger a melodic passage not from some separate pad controller, but from the edge of your own tom.

Imagine no more. The Evans Hybrid Sensory Percussion system allows you to do just this—and a whole lot more—creating what might just be the ultimate acoustic-electronic hybrid drum setup.

Evans Hybrid Sensory Percussion

With a set of trigger-looking drum sensors, an interface, and powerful software, the Sensory Percussion system allows you to map up to 10 zones on each of your acoustic drums, to control samples, melodic passages, and backing tracks.

With the software, you can choose from a range of drum sounds, effects, synths, and more—or upload your own samples. And this is no crude on/off arrangement, as the system and its sounds can be sensitive to speed, velocity, and the precise location of your hits. The possibilities are, truly, endless.

If you're thinking, "Haven't I seen something like this before?" you very well could have, as Sunhouse pioneered this technology back in the 2010s. Evans and Sunhouse have now joined forces to bring this tech to a wider audience.

As sampled drum sounds have become so dominant in so many forms of music—from hip-hop to metal—live drummers have been forced to reconcile how they approach their instrument. Do you run backing tracks from Ableton? Rely on an SPD or a similar sidekick pad? Build a fully hybrid kit with some e-drums and some traditional?

What the Sensory Percussion system allows is for you to play just the acoustic drums you love—with all the technique and feel you've developed—while also adding your own modern sounds to the mix.

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