\"The Mandala helps people find their rhythm – whether it\'s the beat of a drum, or of a sound they haven\'t yet created. Use it as a compositional tool, or to create any sonic reality your heart desires. It\'s got percussive sounds down cold – and that includes percussion instruments like the piano, the vibraphone and the triangle. Its range gives people a rich, satisfying way to experiment. It literally will be a different product for everyone who buys it. It\'s the smartest thing you\'ll ever hit with a stick.\"
Whereas most electronic drums have one zone in the middle that detects the strike, Mandala’s creators invented and patented a technology that enables the drum pad to detect the exact location and strength of every point of contact across the entire pad. With 128 concentric rings from the center to the edge – each offering its own sound variation – the Mandala offers unprecedented musical breadth. According to Synesthesia, this high-def drum and synthesizer is bringing to percussive music-making \"the same kind of high resolution experience that HDTV has brought to viewers\".
The Mandala 2.0 retails for $ 349 (less than € 250) and is available November 1 online at https://mandaladrum.com and www.musiciansfriend.com. Each Mandala is hand-crafted and thoroughly tested before it is shipped. Expect two-week delivery.
Key features include:
The accompanying software lets players synthesize a host of new sounds and expand their drum kits and sample libraries at will. The software automatically accommodates up to five separate drum pads. It’s also designed to inspire and facilitate composition – along with the included instruments, players can add their own samples to the library, and use the effects to mold and create their own sounds.
The Mandala 2.0 works seamlessly with most major music software, including Apple GarageBand, Ableton Live, and Native Instruments Battery and Reaktor.
Mandala’s easy-to-use software comes with more than 100 presets for out-of-the-box functionality. Players also can create their own configurations as they explore and discover its astonishing audio range.
One pad can accommodate from one to seven different zones of sound – each of which can be configured as a separate instrument, with an array of specialized settings. Players can have a snare, a bass and a cymbal (or a harp, marimba or organ, or any other instrument) – all in the same drum head, all at the same time. One Mandala can act as one drum, as an entire drum kit, or as an eclectic combo.
Drummer Meets Physicist
Inventor and physicist Vince De Franco developed the Mandala with professional drummer Danny Carey from the progressive rock band Tool. Carey uses seven Mandalas every night on stage:
\"It’s the only way I can trigger and control all the sounds I want to play. I told Vince I wanted an electronic drum that would trigger immediately, and that would let me load a gigabyte of sound samples. What he created is the most advanced electronic drum I’ve ever seen. And now this new version blows the last one away.”
Carey used the Mandalas to trigger many of the sounds on the band’s latest album, \'10,000 Days\'. Every percussive sound in the track Intension is produced as a result of hitting a Mandala.
Other professionals using the Mandala include Pat Mastelotto of King Crimson, Will Calhoun of Living Colour, Lol Tolhurst, co-founder of The Cure, and Matt Chamberlain, who has played with Pearl Jam, David Bowie and Tori Amos among many others.
Watch a demo of preset #00 out of 83 total. It\'s a synth sound and the pan delay effect is turned on. Also, a filter opens up as the sticks hit from center to edge. All sound is straight from the Mandala Pad and Brain:
Synesthesia\'s Mandala™ 2.0 is a drum, it’s a marimba, it’s a harp, it’s a guitar … it’s all of those things, and much, much more – at once.
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