If you’ve ever picked up a heavily distorted guitar and yelled into the pickups, you’ll dig the Drum Thing by Electro-Faustus.
Electro-Faustus bills itself as a "noise device" builder. Whereas some companies pride themselves for making replicas of famous effects, Electro-Faustus wants to offer something new.
For the past few weeks, I’ve been checking out the Drum Thing, a passive, battery-free, output-only percussion box. Think of it as a sound-hole pickup in a metal box that you can stomp on, brush, tap on, sing into or all-out scream at.
I found two distinct uses for it: tapping on it to build metronome-like practice loops, and placing a ton of effects pedals after it and creating maddening noise loops.
Clip No. 1 demos a purely clean sound. I just plugged the Drum Thing into my computer and tapped away.
Clip No. 2 is where I built a helpful practice loop. I recorded two tracks of the Drum Thing. My “snare” is the clean sound of the Drum Thing. My “kick drum” is the Drum Thing with a Boss octave pedal after it to lower the pitch. On top of all that I recorded a rhythm guitar track I could solo over.
For Clips No. 3 and 4, I had some fun with my Digitech Synth Wah and an overdrive pedal after the Drum Thing, creating some wild rhythmic ambience.
Street Price: $59.95. There's a smaller version, the Drum Thing Mini, for $39.95.
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