Yamaha Design “Synapses” EAD10 / DT50S / DT50K
A drum trigger combined with a module and microphone system that allows drummers to express themselves freely.
Deliberations on the form that drum peripherals should take led to the creation of a module that uses analog-style operations, sensor units able to withstand the most vigorous performances, and a trigger that conforms almost seamlessly with the drums.
The sensor unit, which collects the sound from the drums, has a functional construction comprising metal plates of differing thicknesses. The U-shaped front face has been designed to protect the microphone from the stick strikes that are anticipated during play, while the entire upper surface is made of punched metal to ensure that no sound is missed.
The module—the “brain” of the EAD—has been designed so that almost all effects and volume levels can be controlled from just six large knobs. LED indicators offer at-a-glance comprehension of the encoders, and users can try a range of different effects to match the feeling of the tune they are playing.
Attached to the snare, toms, and bass drum, the EAD10 adds digital drum capabilities to an acoustic drum kit by combining drum triggers with a digital drum module. To avoid disrupting the overall appearance of the kit, these triggers have been designed with the form of a familiar drum component, and integrate perfectly with the drums they are attached to.
The module and sensor unit can be attached easily and allow practice, performance, and recording in an monitor environment capable of delivering high-quality sound, without the need for the complex mic-ing and specialist knowledge in PA systems that this would have required in the past.
- Toshihide Suzuki
- Yamaha Design Laboratory