New App, DrumsAnywhere, Turns Your Table Into A Drum Kit


DrumsAnywhere is a new application for Windows that turns your table into a drum kit.

The app detects hits captured by a simple microphone and translates them into a variety of drum sounds. DrumsAnywhere uses a detection algorithm called WaveTrack that analyzes the reflections generated by a hit on a surface as well as its accurate location.

Here’s a demo of DrumsAnywhere in action:

To use DrumsAnywhere, you need to connect to your computer any contact microphone (piezo), which you place on the surface you’ll play on. You’ll then indicate in the software the different locations of your virtual drum elements by tapping on user-defined locations so that the software can analyze them. You can use drum sticks, pens and even your fingers.

The software is ASIO compatible and velocity-sensitive. The developer says the latency is very low. DrumsAnywhere also supports MIDI so it can be used as a controller and send MIDI data to another software, to record your performance in your DAW, for instance.

DrumsAnywhere is available in two versions:

  • The Lite edition ($49.99) includes 4 drum pads, 3 drums/percussion libraries but MIDI is not supported.
  • The Pro version, available for $89.99, supports MIDI, allows for using your own samples along with the 9 included libraries and you can play on 8 drum pads.

Details are available at the DrumsAnywhere site.

via Argiris Kranidiotis

13 thoughts on “New App, DrumsAnywhere, Turns Your Table Into A Drum Kit

  1. What is the difference between this and pulse controller and if you want do it for free and forget buying into sound libraries you could create yourself. Yes make your own!

    1. I have a Pulse Controller.

      The difference looks like (I don’t have Windows so going off the marketing material) is that Pulse is a single instrument pickup. It doesn’t detect different hit sounds like this claims to. Pulse provides a single note trigger an velocity. It can play a scale but only as an arp or random on each trigger.

      This looks cool if it works as intended, like a midi version of a Wave Drum. Too bad it’s Windows only.

      1. I too own a Pulse Controller and have found it to be pretty useful in my projects. The main differences as I see them are:

        – Pulse Controller is a complete package, so you get a piezo and software for ~$60. With DrumsAnywhere, you have to provide your own piezo.

        – Pulse Controller doesn’t include built-in kits, but has a virtual MIDI OUT that you can use to trigger sounds in your DAW. For MIDI OUT on DrumsAnywhere, you have to get the “pro” version – $100.

        – Pulse Controller is a single input, but has some really useful play modes that make the most out of this, like the Scale feature. Nice for noodling around and discovering melodies and sequences you wouldn’t normally think of. Curious to see how accurate is DrumsAnywhere ability to recognize “locations of sounds” from a single piezo.

        – Pulse Controller is Mac/Win, DrumsAnywhere is Win only.

    1. Who said it was ‘new technology’? It’s a new program for Windows – there are similar apps for iOS and OS X.

  2. Dear sirs,
    When you attatch the piezo to your computer and start tapping on you table for the sound of drums, where does the sound come from?

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