Cubeat Drum Kit MIDI Controller, mere £40 at Gear4Music
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Cubeat Drum Kit MIDI Controller, mere £40 at Gear4Music

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Found 17th Jun 2016
Astounding quality, just received it and couldn't believe how well it was made. Further digging around the web revealed that this comes from Simmons Drums guys so that explains it. Excellent response and decent dynamics, you get everything needed to connect to any generation iPad or a computer, drumsticks, bass pedal, hihat pedal and six perfectly sized pads with rechargeable battery built-in. Stupendous price for such a bit of kit. Their free app gives you beginners lessons, play along songs and few drum kits, but connecting it to a computer and beating Garage Band's drums releases this thing's full potential. Every drum kit suddenly sounds amazing. Highly recommended if you're doing music, but also as a smashing prezzie for kids, budding drummers and anyone into music. Totally lovin' it!
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Thanks for posting Jev. Since you have one, can I ask, how noisy are the pads to hit? It's difficult to tell if they are made from hard plastic or from a more quiet rubber or silicone material. Also, does it lend well to finger drumming as well as using sticks?

Cheers!
Bear in mind I am writing all this as a guitarist who wanted a convenient way to play drum beats when working on songs for fun, either by myself at gome or on occasions where we can't all make it to the rehearsal studio and go to someone's house instead. Originally got a basic Medeli drum kit (same manufacturer for the Cubeat; they make some of the low end models for the big e drum manufacturers, too - mine is the DD505 or something like that), but still inconvenient to lug about when you don't drive - hence my interest in small drum pads, which all seemed way too pricey for what they offered, until I saw this a couple months back!

I bought one from G4M with an additional 3 year warranty (and this being a very reputable online retailer, I trust it) for about £50 with next day delivery. Bit of weight to it but VERY slim and portable for what it is - can easily go in a rucksack, or even a shopping bag wrapped in bubble wrap (to be safe) if needs be. It really is a fantastic deal IF you use it as a MIDI controller. 6 pads plus kick and hi hat pedals at this price is a bargain if you want to set up simple home 'software' jams. Something equivalent in functionality from Yamaha or Alesis would probably cost 3-4 times more!

Not sure of the material, but the pads aren't really loud when hit, and having tried it out for fun in a rehearsal studio with Superior Drummer 2, the velocity response is fairly wide and responsive IMO, sometimes *slightly* erratic, although I expect actual drummers may find it only adequate overall; however, I am still able to distinctly vary the dynamics of a simple drum beat, and that's the basic need. The pads are NOT responsive to finger drumming, I've found. One real negative I have noticed is that drum rolls don't really work - doesn't seem to be able to trigger fast enough. The drum mapping was fairly intuitive and pretty much plug and play, no manual mapping needed. Occasionally more than one pad can trigger if you hit the plastic frame around or between pads.

All in all, it isn't a particularly high quality device, but combined with a long and cheap extra warranty from G4M, an online retailer that's been around for relative ages, this really is a bargain MIDI controller and deserves more heat. For price it's just great and can really open up bedroom/house jams for bands with limited space but the right hardware and software set up combo. I just can't believe the main promoted purpose of this is as a learning drum pad for iPad users - totally the wrong angle to be pushing!
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As andreprashad said, rubbery pads for playing with sticks rather than fingers. Great sturdy feel though.
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Bear in mind I am writing all this as a guitarist who wanted a convenient … Bear in mind I am writing all this as a guitarist who wanted a convenient way to play drum beats when working on songs for fun, either by myself at gome or on occasions where we can't all make it to the rehearsal studio and go to someone's house instead. Originally got a basic Medeli drum kit (same manufacturer for the Cubeat; they make some of the low end models for the big e drum manufacturers, too - mine is the DD505 or something like that), but still inconvenient to lug about when you don't drive - hence my interest in small drum pads, which all seemed way too pricey for what they offered, until I saw this a couple months back! I bought one from G4M with an additional 3 year warranty (and this being a very reputable online retailer, I trust it) for about £50 with next day delivery. Bit of weight to it but VERY slim and portable for what it is - can easily go in a rucksack, or even a shopping bag wrapped in bubble wrap (to be safe) if needs be. It really is a fantastic deal IF you use it as a MIDI controller. 6 pads plus kick and hi hat pedals at this price is a bargain if you want to set up simple home 'software' jams. Something equivalent in functionality from Yamaha or Alesis would probably cost 3-4 times more!Not sure of the material, but the pads aren't really loud when hit, and having tried it out for fun in a rehearsal studio with Superior Drummer 2, the velocity response is fairly wide and responsive IMO, sometimes *slightly* erratic, although I expect actual drummers may find it only adequate overall; however, I am still able to distinctly vary the dynamics of a simple drum beat, and that's the basic need. The pads are NOT responsive to finger drumming, I've found. One real negative I have noticed is that drum rolls don't really work - doesn't seem to be able to trigger fast enough. The drum mapping was fairly intuitive and pretty much plug and play, no manual mapping needed. Occasionally more than one pad can trigger if you hit the plastic frame around or between pads.All in all, it isn't a particularly high quality device, but combined with a long and cheap extra warranty from G4M, an online retailer that's been around for relative ages, this really is a bargain MIDI controller and deserves more heat. For price it's just great and can really open up bedroom/house jams for bands with limited space but the right hardware and software set up combo. I just can't believe the main promoted purpose of this is as a learning drum pad for iPad users - totally the wrong angle to be pushing!



Thanks very much for that great write-up Andre. You've persuaded me to go for it. I use a Novation Launchpad, but I find the pads a little on the small side for me to do fast rhythmic stuff, so this seems like it could be useful for triggering samples. I quite like the idea of having MIDI assignable pedals/foot switches, especially if I could get them working with Loopy on the iPad. Having its own rechargeable battery and lightning cable makes it seem decently portable too.
Only thing that puts me off is the response-rate that you mentioned seems a bit slow.

Undecided, but as the above poster says, great write-up Andre
Thanks OP. Ordered! Looks like a bargain for a very fun and useful bit of kit!
Hope you buyers get some good use and fun out of it! It's been around this price from G4M for a while (at least, I haven't checked it frequently enough to notice fluctuations) so the undecided probably have time on their side.
Here's a good video of the same product rebranded as the Simmons Stryke6. Shows off it's capabilites well. Looks like it's responsive enough for fast rolls and good dynamic range with velocity sensitivity.

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