Mandala 2.0 offers a “true emulation” of an acoustic drum

Hand-crafted electronic pad now USB-compatible

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Mandala 2.0 has 128 strike positions
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The Mandala 2.0 software app ships with 4GB worth of sounds

Synesthesia Coporation have revealed that their Mandala 2.0 drum and synthesizer will begin shipping at the start of December. The product has been co-developed by Tool's drummer Danny Carey and is being billed as the only electronic drum to offer a genuine emulation of an acoustic one.

Designed to respond to your playing in several ways, Mandala 2.0 is described as a 'high-def' drum trigger. It features 128 strike positions (from the centre to the edge of the pad) and can output 128 strike velocities.

The Mandala 2.0 hardware ships with a 'virtual brain' software application, and it's this that hosts the extensive sound library. In fact, more than 4GB of sample content is included; this covers a wide range of both percussive and other instrumental sounds. It's also possible to load your own samples into the software.

Unlike Mandala 1.0, the new product is USB-compatible, meaning that it's easy to connect to your computer. In fact, you can hook up multiple Mandalas to create a complete drum kit, and the hardware is said to integrate seamlessly with today's DAWs.

Mandala 2.0 retails for $349 and can be purchased from Synesthesia's new product website.