People are starting to get on the hype train new activity from TOOL, which would seemingly include an upcoming tour and new album. But what I’m curious about most is the Mandala drum V3 System, which basically seems like a fancy drum sound library and program-spefic pads. What seems to differentiate Mandala from other similar products is that its’ creators have focused on making the samples as sensitive as possible to the pressure someone applies to the pad.
If that sounds like something you’d be interested, check out the project’s IndieGoGo and Facebook pages.. I’m not quite sure what TOOL’s role with this thing is, as it seems to be the brainchild of audio engineer and TOOL associate (?) Vince De Franco. Check the band’s statement and a preview video below:
TOMORROW’S TECHNOLOGY TODAY – THE FUTURE OF DRUMMING
YEARS IN DESIGNING AND PERFECTING…
KEPT UNDER WRAPS UNTIL NOW…
INTRODUCING THE MANDALA DRUM V3 SYSTEM:
The crowdfunding campaign is for the “Mandala Drum V3 System” which is: new position and force sensing pads, new module, new software and our new MDA file format instrument library. One MDA file can hold 1000’s of samples of a single drum…like Danny_Carey_Snare.MDA would load up and if you hit our pad right there with that much force it will play the same sound as if you hit Danny’s snare right there with that much force. The pads are slimmer and quieter and all nine rim zones are now separate triggers. Also, the software can run as a plugin or a standalone now and we are offering anywhere from a single pad system up to a full kit with all hardware. We’ll be capturing as many great drummers’ drums and cymbals as MDA files as possible from here on out.