Aerodrums

Aerodrums is an air-drumming instrument. It runs on your computer and understands your drumming intent by watching you drum through a high speed camera. Aerodrums fits in a backpack with your laptop, feels and sounds as good as a real drum kit, can be silent to others around you, and is affordable. Here is a teaser video illustrating some of Aerodrums’ advantages:

Aerodrums uses a subset of the Natural Drum Kit sample library, providing very high quality sound and expressiveness on par with a real drum kit. Midi support is available as a free downloadable software update. With it you can drum into any sampler or Digital Audio Workstation.

You will need a computer and a Sony Playstation 3 Eye camera to run Aerodrums. The minimum specifications for the computer are as follows: Intel Core 2 Duo 2Ghz, operating system: Windows Vista, 7 or 8 or Mac OS X 10.6 and up. At this time, the Mac software requires a download (45Mb).

Aerodrums is available in the EU on Amazon.co.uk for £100/€120. Purchase Aerodrums in the EU.

Aerodrums is available in the US on Amazon.com for $160. Purchase Aerodrums in the US.

The camera is available on Amazon for between $6 and $30: US, EU.

Here is a detailed list of the drums, cymbals and percussion that are sampled in the subset of the Natural Drum Kit library that Aerodrums uses:

  • Snares: Yamaha Peter Erskine Signature Model, 10 x 4 and Pearl Masters “All Maple”, 12 x 7.
  • Kick drums: Gretsch USA Maple, 20 x 16 and Gretsch USA Maple, 14 x 11 floor tom, positioned and played as a kick.
  • Hi-hats: UFIP 13″ “Bionic Series”
  • Splashes: UFIP 8″ and 12″ “Natural Series” splashes.
  • Crashes: UFIP 15″ and 18″ “Natural Series” crashes.
  • China: Zildjian 19″ “K Series”.
  • Ride: UFIP 20″ “Natural Series”.
  • Toms: Gretsch USA Maple 8″, 10″, 12″, 14″, 16″, one set of samples tuned for a bop sound and another set for a rock sound
  • Cowbell: Meinl 8” “Original Real Player” steelbell
  • Tambourine

Please refer to the Natural Drum Kit manual for more detail about the samples.

Aerodrums is not associated in any way with, or endorsed by, any of the brands named above. The Natural Drum Kit samples are licensed from Atelier Robin inc.

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