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Rating and Reviews: Korg WaveDrum Mini Synth

Backpack-sized and battery-powered, Korg's portable Wavedrum percussion synth includes a built-in speaker and a sensor clip that lets you play on any surface.

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"Great fun but not a pro instrument like the original wavedrum." submitted November 30, 2011

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Musical Background: I'm a singer but I play piano, djembe, guitar, and bass.
Music Style: All kinds. I'm a cross between James Taylor and Michael Stype.
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Sound: It has very good sounds but the internal amp and speaker are so weak that your hand-strike is usually louder than the drum. If you want to stay light and portable, I recommend getting the Roland Mobile Cube Battery-Powered Guitar Amplifier (5 Watts, 2x4 in.) if you want to jam with friends or just be heard. If its just you by yourself, the headphones output level is very good. Feature: Great portable drum machine, lopper, and electric drum. Ease of Use: The head is very sensitive to finger pressure for different sounds. Its nowhere near as good as the full Wavedrum but that beast isn't this tiny or inexpensive. Its more of a carry around with you every drum for fun and jamming. Value: Yes, great at what it is. The internal amp could be a lot louder. But, like I said, the headphones work great and if you have an amp or are in a studio, you can just plug into the board. The Wow Factor: It has some limitations but is is really fun. Two biggest limitations are that the internal speaker is just too quiet to use. Use an amp or headphone. The second problem is that the temp is fixed for each of the internal drum loops. That's very limiting. Now if you build a drum patch layer by layer on the fly, you can have whatever tempo you want. But, keep in mind, you can't store anything you create. Everything goes bye bye when you turn off the power. Overall: It would approach it as more of a fun instrument than a professional one. Its way better than anything you've seen in best buy for instance. I guess its between a toy and a prod drum. Its just great for the times when a jam session breaks out and you don't want to have to always carry a djembe or something else. I keep my wavedrum mini in an mid-sized fanny pack in the trunk of my car for spontaneous drumming.
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"really fun instrument" submitted May 28, 2012

By Jules B in San Diego, CA
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Musical Background: jam at home and in drum circles, just as a hobby and to chill...
Music Style: all of 'em!
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Overall: Got the wavedrum mini a couple of weeks ago and I love it! It's so fun to play along with the many loops and various drum sounds. Fun is the best way to actually describe the wavedrum mini experience. I am a hobbyist drummer and I don't know if actual hard-core drummers would appreciate this as much as the one who kind of dabbles in percussion (the actual Korg Wave Drum may be better for them). I really like that with the batteries, I can take it anywhere to play. I do recommend hooking it up to an amp, however, if you are jamming with someone else as its speaker isn't super loud. Overall, a very enjoyable way to get your groove on!
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