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Synesthesia Announces Mandala 2.0 High-Def Drum And Synthesizer
World's Best Drum Becomes Virtually Any Instrument Imaginable In One Affordable Package

Musical ingenuity once again emerges from the hills of Laurel Canyon, as Synesthesia announced Mandala 2.0 a new version of its wildly popular, patented high-def drum and synthesizer, co-developed with professional drummer Danny Carey of the progressive rock band Tool.

Now a computer peripheral - its USB cable plugs into PC or Mac - the Mandala 2.0 is the only electronic drum that truly emulates an acoustic drum. It offers drummers and musical explorers the only drum pad that knows exactly where it's hit and how hard, across seven assignable zones with an immediate trigger delivering the fastest-traveling sound possible.

A new kind of synthesizer, the Mandala 2.0 packages a musical range so wide it simultaneously offers players the top of the line, most accurate model of a physical drum (via 3,000 professionally created, proprietary samples of the Black Beauty Snare Drum) along with a library of sounds derived from more than 100 other instruments. In all, the Mandala 2.0 features four gigabytes of sound samples. It's a synthesizer with drumsticks, with a drum pad so sensitive it responds even to a fingertip touch.

"The Mandala is anything you want it to be - it can be the best drum you've ever had, or any other instrument you can imagine," said Vince De Franco, Synesthesia founder and CEO, and inventor of the Mandala. "Use it as a compositional tool, or to create any sonic reality your heart desires it's the smartest thing you'll ever hit with a stick. It literally will be a different product for everyone who buys it, as simple or as complex as you want. Its lightning-fast trigger and ultra sensitivity help drummers play faster, more evenly and more expressively. Those who've used it tell us it helps them reach new levels of their talent, discover nuances in their playing and reignite their passion for drumming and for music."

Whereas most electronic drums have one zone in the middle that detects the strike, Mandala's creators invented and patented a technology that enables the drum pad to detect the exact location and strength of every point of contact across the entire pad. With 128 concentric rings from the center to the edge - each offering its own sound variation - the Mandala offers unprecedented musical breadth. This high-def drum and synthesizer is bringing to percussive music-making the same kind of high resolution experience that HDTV has brought to viewers.

The Mandala 2.0 retails for $349, and will be available November 1 online at and Each Mandala is hand-crafted and thoroughly tested before it is shipped. Expect two-week delivery.

Other key features:
* The accompanying software lets players synthesize a host of new sounds and expand their drum kits and sample libraries at will. The software automatically accommodates up to five separate drum pads. It's also designed to inspire and facilitate composition along with the included instruments, players can add their own samples to the library, and use the effects to mold and create their own sounds.

* The Mandala works seamlessly with most major music software, like Native Instruments Battery and Reaktor, FXpansion BFD, Ableton Live, Propellerhead Reason and Apple GarageBand.

* The Mandala offers full functionality as a programmable real-time MIDI controller able to manipulate external MIDI-compatible gear like synths, samplers, tone modules, etc., using MIDI notes, velocity controller and position controller.

* One Mandala drum pad can accommodate from one to seven different zones of sound each of which can be configured as a separate instrument, with an array of specialized settings. Players can have a snare, a bass and a cymbal (or a harp, marimba or organ, or any other instrument) all in the same drum head, all at the same time. One Mandala can act as one drum, as an entire drum kit, or as an eclectic combo.

Drummer Meets Physicist
Inventor and physicist Vince De Franco developed the Mandala with professional drummer Danny Carey from the progressive rock band Tool. Carey uses seven Mandalas every night on stage because, he said, it's "the only way I can trigger and control all the sounds I want to play.

"I told Vince I wanted an electronic drum that would trigger immediately, and that would let me load a gigabyte of sound samples," said Carey. "What he created is the most advanced electronic drum I've ever seen. And now this new version blows the last one away."

Carey used the Mandalas to trigger many of the sounds on the band's latest album, 10,000 Days. Every percussive sound in the track, Intension, is produced as a result of hitting a Mandala. Other professionals using the Mandala include Pat Mastelotto of King Crimson; Will Calhoun of Living Colour; Lol Tolhurst, co-founder of The Cure; and Matt Chamberlain who has played with Pearl Jam, David Bowie, Tori Amos, and many others.

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Synesthesia Announces Mandala 2.0 High-Def Drum And Synthesizer