REVIEW – Senstroke smart drumsticks allow drummers to play, record and learn from anywhere.
What is that?
These wands have sensors that allow you to switch even during a global pandemic and quarantine. Using the Senstroke app and your smart device, you can customize your virtual drum kit. There are even pedal sensors to clip to your feet!
What’s in the box?
- 4 sensors
- 2 foot straps
- 1 USB charging cable
- 1 basic drum adapter tube
- (Ours included 2 chopsticks; some packages require you to use yours)
- Item Weight: 0.64 ounce
- Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 0.8 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- ASIN: B07KQJ828W
- Batteries: 4 Lithium Metal batteries included
- Application compatibility: IOS, Android and Windows 10
- Returns: within 15 days
Design and functionality
When we asked to review these drum sensors, my son had just started Taiko drum lessons and wanted a way to practice at home. We had no idea we would test them during a pandemic as part of a “shelter in place” order.
The sensors arrive fully charged.
Each of the sensors is the same, so you can take the one you want and drag it onto your wand. Ours came with a set of chopsticks, but you can use your own as well. The sensors are cCompatible with size 7A or 5A chopsticks.
It’s a bit difficult to put them in place. If you are buying some for a child, you may need to help them with this part. But you can leave them on once you’ve positioned them, and even charge them like that, so it may be easier to just keep a set of chopsticks dedicated to that use, instead of putting them on and taking them out all the time. time.
For your feet, you slide the sensors on the rubber bands of the feet.
If you want to use a basic drum, you include the special adapter tube.
The sensor LEDs are:
- Short green light when on; solid green when paired
- Flashing blue when powered on and ready for pairing
- Flashing red when the battery is almost empty and needs to be charged
It takes about 3 hours to fully charge the sensors, and each full charge takes about 12 hours.
To use them, you need to download the Senstroke app. We had no problem using or downloading the app. The Senstroke application is free and compatible with smartphones, tablets under IOS (.10 and higher) and Android (.6 and higher) and Windows computers.
We looked at the intermediate package, called Standard Box. The Ultimate Box costs an additional $ 20 and includes a training pad, sensor housing, and a pair of drumsticks. The Essential Box costs $ 60 less, includes a training pad and a pair of drumsticks, but only 2 sensors and 1 foot strap, and no basic battery adapter.
Once you’ve downloaded and paired the app with the sensors, you can customize your drum kit. It was very user-friendly, my 11-year-old understood it intuitively without help. The app helps you out and tells you what to do every step of the way.
We used it with an iPhone which was great for portability. Some people (especially those with poor eyesight, like me) may prefer the larger screen of a tablet or computer.
As you play on your virtual drums, your device plays the corresponding sounds over time.
My son had fun playing with the video game style lessons. These are probably too basic for serious and more experienced drummers. But they’re great for playing around or just getting used to using the sensors.
My child also played with recording and playing his songs. As a beginner I don’t imagine he’ll use this feature too much, but, again, more advanced drummers would benefit from playing and criticizing their own performances or sharing their art with others.
You can practice on any surface. We used a few placemats on our kitchen table. My son noted that he couldn’t do a drum roll on the snare drum, for example, because there was no bouncing feeling like you were on a real drum surface. However, in all fairness we haven’t experimented with many different surfaces, so you might be able to find something in the house that looks more like a real drum. It was a very minor problem. Of course, you can’t expect hammering on a table or pillow to sound like a real drum. But overall, these are fun, a great distraction, and obviously a lot quieter, cheaper, and more portable than a real battery.
What I like
- It’s easy to customize
- You can use it anywhere
What i would change
- It’s a bit difficult to put the sensors in place the first time
This is certainly a great option, given the current circumstances, for drummers looking to practice, let off steam or have fun in these unprecedented times.
Price: $ 260 for the Box Standard ($ 280 for the Box Ultimate; $ 200 for the Box Essential)
Or buy: Senstroke website Where Amazon
Source: The sample for this product was provided by Senstroke.