About this project
For this Kickstarter Gold project, we’re offering a special limited-edition version of Sensory Percussion paired perfectly with a beautifully made custom drum from C&C Drum Company. Both the sensor and the drum come in a special edition “coconut” color that will only be available during this Kickstarter campaign.
Sunhouse is a new kind of music tech company.
Founded by siblings Tlacael, Tenoch & Tonantzin Esparza, Sunhouse uses the latest advances in sensor and signal technology to reinvigorate live performance and expand the sonic possibilities of music making. Our operation is based in New York City and all of our technology is designed and manufactured in the US.
Join us in our quest to break down the barriers between digital sound and musical performance.
Sensory Percussion is a modern take on electronic drums that captures the true expressive nature of drumming. While standard trigger systems turn your drum into little more than an on/off button, Sensory Percussion listens and reacts, responding to the essence of your performance in real time.
The Sensory Percussion system is an overlay onto acoustic drums. It’s a hardware sensor that clamps to the side of a drum (snare, tom or kick) and connects to our Mac/PC software via a standard audio interface.
Sensory Percussion understands where and how you hit the drum. It not only lets you map different parts of the drum to any sound desired (from samples and synthesizers to digital audio effects), it also lets you control those sounds in an intuitive, expressive way. Sounds follow your playing in real-time—so rather than twiddle knobs and push buttons, you can control the experience simply by playing the drums.
The result is a new instrument that lets you control electronic sounds in a way never before possible: with the drumsticks and drums you already own and love.
Sensory Percussion doesn’t work like the usual e-drums and triggers.
Sensory Percussion uses a combination of software and hardware to create an overlay on acoustic drums that turns your kit into an expressive controller for digital sounds. SP does trigger sounds—but it can also do so much more:
1. Assign sounds to different parts of the drum or even different drum strokes. Use the entire surface of the drum—rim shots, cross-sticks, different parts of the head and rim—for a flexible, fully responsive playing experience.
2. Blend smoothly between two or more samples. Play between samples mapped to different regions—the system knows where you’re hitting and can blend between the sounds, erasing the sonic borders common to e-drums and sample pads.
3. Apply effects to different parts of the drum. Pitch shift the entire kit, control filters to drop the bass... or use reverb and delays to make a full-fledged dub kit.
4. Apply effects controls across multiple drums to achieve higher levels of sound control. Pitch shift the entire kit, control filters to drop the bass... or use reverb and delays to make a full-fledged dub kit.
5. Use smart cross-talk cancellation to maintain high sensitivity in the presence of loud ambient noise (i.e. kick drum vibrating the snare drum).
And this is really just scratching the surface of Sensory Percussion's capabilities. Once you've mastered the basics, Sensory Percussion becomes an open platform for creativity—the possibilities are literally endless.
Sensory Percussion lets you control 10 independent sound zones per drum:
Sensory Percussion can make literally any sound you want it to! The built-in sampler with sophisticated sample controls like layering, cycling, velocity, timbre or speed control and pitch shifting along with the many built-in effects allow you to shape and mold samples into fully produced music painted onto your drums.
The software ships with 10 sound packs comprised of over 1 GB of samples and 49 preset kits. The packs and kits range in character from earthy and organic to phantasmagorically electronic, with a set of kits derived from a meticulously recorded acoustic C&C Maple Gum jazz drum set.
Our library of sounds is arranged thematically by vibe and contains a wide spectrum of ingredients for our users to create their own virtual drum kits from scratch, but of course they can load in their own samples, as well.
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Here is a video showing the C&C drum with Sensory Percussion. The audio mix changes so you can hear: just the drum, just Sensory Percussion, and the drum with Sensory Percussion. This was done with an acoustic drum head and quiet mesh head.
Sensory Percussion uses a combination of sensors to directly capture the vibrations of your drum. There is one sensor for the head of the drum and one for the rim/shell and volume controls for each on-board. It is designed to isolate your drum from ambient noise so you can use it on stage and in loud environments. Though it has multiple sensors, it operates like a traditional phantom-powered mono microphone and uses standard XLR connectors.
Sensory Percussion’s software analyzes the signal from the sensor and can tell where and how you are hitting the drum using our proprietary algorithms. The software supports one to four sensors at a time.
C&C Drum Co. is an independant company in Gladstone, Missouri that make some of the best hand-made drums out there. Check out the artists using C&C drums.
The drum offered during this Kickstarter Gold campaign is matched perfectly with Sensory Percussion. Both the sensor and drum will be produced in a limited-edition coconut color. The drum is 13” diameter by 6” tall and is made from the same top quality materials and craftsmanship found in all C&C drums. When used with traditional acoustic heads, you’ll find it has a fast, warm, open tone. The hardware on the drum is C&C die-cast single-ended Deco lugs. All drums will be hand-made in Gladstone, Missouri USA.
"Spritual Leader" performed live by Ian Chang, a Sunhouse and C&C Artist. The lights are being controlled with Sensory Percussion:
Jazz great Gregory Hutchinson talks about Sensory Percussion:
Kendrick Scott performing live his piece "Philando" as part of Sunhouse's 2016 Summer Residency.
Warpaint drummer Stella Mozgawa at the Sunhouse HQ Studio:
Ian Chang (Son Lux) showing off a new Sensory Percussion preset called Goblinoid Circuits:
Marcus Gilmore (Chick Corea) at the Sunhouse HQ studio:
Nate Smith at the Sunhouse HQ:
A video by drummer Lenny Reece (Kimbra, DJ Premier):
Risks and challenges
Not many real risks here! We’ve been manufacturing and shipping Sensory Percussion to happy customers (including our original Kickstarter backers) for a year now. And C&C is an experienced drum company that distributes all over the world. They definitely know what they’re doing. That being said, there are always unexpected circumstances that can cause delays in manufacturing. But we feel very confident that we can deliver on-time and as expected.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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