SDrum pedal review (and jamman)

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by Papapotrero, Sep 24, 2017.

  1. Papapotrero

    Papapotrero TDPRI Member

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    This is such an amazing pedal, I had to take a moment to post a quick review. The sdrum is incredibly easy to use, yet still has tons of options. But most importantly, the ability to add a fill or change to a differrent pattern without having to time the stomp is incredible. While jamsync was new to me, maybe not to others around here, I've found it to be an amazing solution to a big problem I was having. Playing along with a backing drum track, or even a this new drum pedal, I just can't ever get the looper timed perfectly. It can be pretty close, but after 12 or 15 bars it wanders off. I trade it in for a jamman looper so I can use it with the sdrum...and it is perfect. Just perfect. And both pedals allow you to clear a loop or drum pattern SILENTLY which is a huge benefit. I get the feeling that these Harman and digitech folks just really pay attention to important details when designing this stuff because both pedals solved all kinds of problems I was having instantly. Great job, guys!
     
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    I agree. Having a lot of fun with mine as well. The jam sync is brilliant.
     
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    Yep, this drum machine and a truly synced, true stereo looper is direction I had been hoping they would move in. When I play in stereo or wet/dry I want my loops to play back in exactly that mode, there are times I'll loop and then add extra effects after loop but that's another scenario.

    If I'm playing wet/dry through 2 amps I want Loop to come in exactly like I'm playing it, dry left, dry+delay/reverb right, not some watered down mono version of it.

    Trio was a big fail for me simply because of this shortcoming.
     
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    I just got the SDRUM, and it's just what I need for practice and home demos. I'd much rather scratch in my own pattern than be locked into a preset beat. The extension footswitch brings extra options like throwing in a fill. It can be a little fussy with interpreting the strum input; it sometimes wants to hear my kick strum as a snare trigger. But if you're careful about your palm muting, you can get good accuracy.

    My own take is that if you wanted a drum pedal for practice, writing and demos, the SDRUM is the ticket, while if you're more focused on live performance, something like the Beat Buddy might be more convenient.
     
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    Papapotrero TDPRI Member

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    Agreed on strumming (no beat buddy experience). Sometimes everything sounds “treble”’to the sdrum. But such a minor issue. I just get down on my knees and use the finger pads when that happens. To your point, probably not perfect in a live setting. But admittedly, I basically get my sdrum banks exactly where I want them before I would ever engage them anyway.
     
  6. redknives

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    How does the functionality of the SDRUM pedal differ from the Trio pedals? Is is more of a dedicated drum pedal with a better interface and interaction with the player?
     
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    Haven’t used trio, but I think it is more of a band in a box. Takes your lick or phrase and automatically generates drums and baseline. Sdrum is much more of a drum machine. You strum or tap out what you want the drums to sound like and can tweak tempo, several drum parts, and all kinds of drum sounds. Most importantly, it knows when a measure ends, so you can stomp in anticipation of the next part and don’t have to get the timing exactly right.
     
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    Hi to all. No doubt its me being a bit of a technophobe but can anyone explain in simple bullet points how to save a created song into one of the 36 available slots and how to retrieve them as well. I think the Sdrum is a great machine but I'm stuck with only 1 beat until I can find out how to save it. Any advice would be much appreciated
     
  9. doolbon

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    Song is automatically saved until you erase it. To create and beat in a different slot, push song button. Rotate hats/ride knob to an empty slot (non lit). Push hats/ride knob once. Record new beat.
     
  10. Kebmel

    Kebmel Tele-Afflicted

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    I just bought a Trio plus, it has all the functionality in the one box I have been looking for
    after using separate loopers, drum machines etc. I haven't actually taken it out of the box,
    yet but I've watched most every YT clip and pretty sure I know how to use it.

    I was tempted to buy the SDrum or Beat Buddy but the Trio Plus won out.

    I use a Jam Man Solo XT with a micro SD card for all my duo's backing tracks.
    I love these Harman products, they do exactly what you want them to do.
     
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    Thanks for that. I'll give it a try
     
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