You may recall that, back in Drummer 113, we took a look at Korg’s latest expansion to its Wavedrum family, the Global Edition, which we surmised as “…a superb bit of kit: amazing technology and editing capabilities combine to give some of the most authentic sounds found on any percussion module.” We also stated in our review that due to its sheer amount of options we would be spending some more time with it to experiment further. After doing so, I’m pleased to say that my initial verdict on the Wavedrum was correct: the more you use it and become familiar with it, the more you realise what an incredible instrument it is!
Simply playing with the pre-loaded sounds is enough to keep you busy for a long period of time. The amount of creative inspiration that you get from the 400 on-board sounds, which consists of 60 algorithms, 200 PCM sounds and 140 loops of different tempos, is incredibly satisfying. It’s as you really start to get into the instrument, however, you realise just how much can actually be done. The vast editing capabilities means that you can change almost every facet of each sound, from its tuning to how much and what type of reverb it has applied to it, through to altering the actual waveforms of each sound. You get a staggering amount of options to tailor the sounds, with each step of the process providing clear and instant results.
Although on the face of it this may seem like quite a complex process – especially as the included manuals aren’t perhaps the easiest to follow if you don’t have any experience in this field – in reality once you start experimenting it’s not long at all before you start to understand the various functions and options available to you. For example: if you take one of the snare drum programmes, it’s not long before you can manipulate the sound so that it replicates the tones of your ideal snare that you’ve been hearing in your head since you first heard the open barrages of Bonham with Led Zeppelin or the tight funkiness of Garibaldi with Tower Of Power. I really can’t recommend this superb instrument highly enough, and am convinced that it would make any player who had the good fortune of owning one a much more inspired, creative and forward-thinking drummer.
Words: Nick Carter Images: Thru-A-Lupe Photographic