Practicing stick skills isn’t always as easy as the average drummer would like it to be. For instance, you have to choose your time and place carefully so you don’t disturb the neighbors. Plus, you can’t just up and move your drum set wherever you want. That’s what the French startup Drumistic is trying to fix with its product. They believe that its sensor-based system offers a more natural, accessible and fun experience and that it will revolutionize drumming all together.
This new connected solution which offers incredible precision (drumsticks movements, hitting zones, drumstick impact) will let you drum whenever and wherever you want. You can easily record yourself and export your playing sessions in different formats and make progress with interactive and personalized lessons. Each time your drumsticks hit your hitting zones, you’ll hear the sound of a real drum.
Work on the Drumistic project began in 2015, with the first prototype arriving early the following year. More prototypes and a smartphone app followed, and plans for production have spawned a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. The setup is made up of two parts – wireless sensors that attach to real drumsticks or are placed on the player’s feet and a smartphone app that ties everything together.
The thumbdrive-sized sensor slides over any classic drumstick when encased in a black jacket sporting a loop to the bottom. A naked sensor can also be attached to a foot using an elasticated band. The sensors register movement and transfer data over Bluetooth to a companion iOS/Android app running on a smart device.
The app divides the area in front of the player into custom hit zones, which are mapped to different drum sounds output via the smartphone – in essence, drummers could have a cushion serve as a hi-hat to the left, coasters on a coffee table out front act like toms or snare and foot sensors used to sound double kicks.
Stick playing could even sync up with personalized lessons running on a smartphone, with the app reported to have hundreds of lessons and exercises pre-installed, and will offer tips at the conclusion of each training session.
The Kickstarter campaign runs until May 13, with pledges starting at €119 (US $125). If all goes to plan, shipping is expected to start in March next year.