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  • Electro Harmonix Super Space Drum

    I would like to know, if someone here have testing this drum modul??! want to know if an electro drum pad or trigger is connected to the module, does this little analogic module react with sensitivity?? I mean: if I play with softest touch, does the sound will react softly?? Does the modul will react to soft to louder hits with Edrum Pads?

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    Mikevdrums,

    Originally posted by Mikevdrums View Post
    I would like to know, if someone here have testing this drum module??! Want to know if an electro drum pad or trigger is connected to the module, does this little analog module react with sensitivity?? I mean: if I play with softest touch, does the sound react softly?? Does the module react to soft to louder hits with e-drum pads?
    I do not own one of these devices, but you can see examples of the extremely limited dynamic response in videos on YouTube. The dynamic response is so limited that there are really only two levels, and even saying this is pushing the limits of the device. Essentially, there is a trigger threshold knob labelled Sensitivity. Once you trigger over the threshold, the sound occurs at full volume. If you happen to trigger at the exact threshold point, a softer sound occurs, but as soon as you go over that point the sound is full volume. I suspect triggering the soft sound is tricky to do reliably, so really there is no dynamic response. And if you trigger under the threshold point, no sound is produced. You can see this behavior in videos I've provided below.

    Note in video (5), the Crash Pad version of the device, you can see and hear the two distinct dynamic levels. The Crash Pad seems slightly more dynamically responsive than the Super Space Drum. In video (6), again, you can hear these two dynamic levels in the Super Space Drum, but they are difficult to get reliably, and striking softly often results in no sound at all. You can see this in all the videos. When struck softly, notice sometimes there is a sound yet often no sound occurs. So basically, if you want a reasonable degree of playing dynamics, I would not consider these devices. Both devices do sound fantastic, though! There is also another device in this set, called Hand Clap, so there are actually three devices: Super Space Drum, Crash Pad, and Hand Clap.

    Side note. Adding more confusion, the Super Space Drum itself has three versions! The original (Space Drum) has pitch sweep and two fixed decay settings; there is no modulation section. The second version (Super Space Drum) has pitch sweep, two fixed decay settings, and a modulation section. The modulation section adds a huge range of new tonal possibles and is the highlight of this device, in my opinion. The third and newest version (also called Super Space Drum) has pitch sweep, continuously variable decay from very short to extremely long, and a modulation section. This third version is the most flexible of all three, specifically because it allows you to shorten the decay for attack-oriented percussion sounds not possible with the previous two versions and because it includes the modulation section from the second version.

    I found videos of the third version of the Super Space Drum, but these videos were poor and did not demonstrate the device well. As best I can tell from downloading the manual, this third version adds no additional dynamic response so it plays exactly like the other versions in the videos below.

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    (1)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJsY5qd4Mqw


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    (2)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcgWfpC2-FU


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    (3)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5B4xMTnzw8


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    (4)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwuL6tKUZFw


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    (5)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=We-dlzRItZc


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    (6)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxW0bOIEBsI
    Last edited by TangTheHump; 11-11-20, 02:58 PM.

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      Wooow thank you TangTheHump!! Thank for the detailed awnser! I search a modul with analogic sounds (for have sounds like SIMMONS SDSV...) and this electro harmonix was an very good alternative...!! but if the dynamics are not here, it’s definitively not useable in a drum configuration! (To my point of view)

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        Mikevdrums,

        Originally posted by Mikevdrums View Post
        Wooow thank you TangTheHump!! Thank for the detailed awnser! I search a module with analog sounds (for have sounds like SIMMONS SDSV) and this Electro Harmonix was a very good alternative...!! But if the dynamics are not here, it's definitively not useable in a drum configuration, to my point of view!
        You are welcome and I'll say thanks back, because you caused me to research the entire Electro Harmonix drum pedal lineup. I was not familiar with these devices previously. The modulation section of the 2nd and 3rd versions of Super Space Drum seems really interesting. It's just a simple low frequency oscillator with rate and depth controls, but the frequency range goes from sub-audible (for vibrato effects) to fully-audible and beyond (which allows creating frequency modulation style synthesizer effects). I agree with you that it's a shame these devices don't have a full range of dynamic response, because this limits their application more to specialized effects rather than drum replacement.

        Although not a standalone drum module per se, you might be interested in the analog modelled Nord Drum 3P. In addition the the six built in pads, there are two trigger inputs. Food for thought. You can find the Nord Drum 3P here:

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        Nord Drum 3P
        https://www.nordkeyboards.com/products/nord-drum-3p
        https://www.nordkeyboards.com/products/nord-drum-3p
        Last edited by TangTheHump; 11-12-20, 03:41 PM.

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          You’re welcome my friend!!! Thanks for the link!! I know this drums multipad... but I’am sad to can’t find only the brain module version of this! Because I want to trigg my SIMMONS SDS1000 Pads (I buying it this is second hand last summer, probably from 1986, the hexagone pads are like news, I use it with SDSV samples in TD-17... but sample are not in live like real analogic sounds! I hope NORD will show us a Nord Drum 4 soon!!! Or probably an other concurent will made a an another analogic drum modul!

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