If you’re the type of person that drums on practically every playing surface of your house then this is for you!
The Korg ClipHit is a very inventive electronic drumming device that allows you to make virtually any surface playable! If you’re looking for a creative way to get your drumming practice in, then this might be the option for you.
Big music tech companies often tend to play it safe with offering pretty standard types of music hardware in their product ranges. Korg decided to break the mold with the ClipHit, by coming up with something very different. It’s something more akin to a KickStarter project.
Want to turn a cardboard box into a triggerable playing surface? Go ahead! The same goes with tables, coffee mugs, books, and many different objects. The object just needs to have an area where the clip can grab onto.
The Cliphit includes three clips as well as one kick switch (expandable with an extra pedal for hi-hat)
How it works
Attach each clip to a playing surface, plug in all the inputs into the back, and away you go!
The ClipHit includes a built-in speaker and volume control.
The clips are nicely velocity sensitive and allow the detection of relatively subtle strokes. It can nicely detect playing with your hands, so you don’t even need to use drumsticks!
Check out the video above to see it in action.
There are eleven built-in kits that trigger different samples for different styles of music. These can be quickly switched using a knob next to the power button.
You can cycle between standard sounds, rock, pop, percussion, and EFX sounds. The variety of the sounds, coupled with the opportunities to trigger practically any playing surface should probably keep you entertained for a while!
The sound quality is pretty good for a device like this. Though you should not expect a wide array of top class drum samples! This is a compact little device mostly designed for fun and casual playing.
What’s the Korg ClipHit Used for?
This device is a nice option for very portable practicing. If you live in an area with little space, then you can set this up in no time and get practicing away.
It’s also a very fun little device to show friends as it will always get the same surprised reaction from people.
4 AA batteries are required to power it. Alternatively, you can use a DC 9V connection to power it.
Is it Worth Buying the Extra Pedal?
If you’re just using this for fun then you could get away without the hi-hat pedal. Though I would suggest that you buy the extra pedal if possible.
Alternative Drum Practice Options
The ClipHit is so unique that there is not much to compare it to. However, if you’re looking for some interesting ways of practicing on the move then keep up to date with virtual drumming trends.
FreeDrum is a cool innovation that allows you to attached gadgets to your drumsticks and drum away virtually!
If you’re looking for a physical and compact drum practice option then check out our article on electronic drum pads.
To go one step further, you could also check out our article on how to practice drumming without drums!
Can I Get Quality Practice Using This?
You can practice things like standard drum beats and have fun. Though you will probably plateau fairly quickly with the limitations of not having a physical drum set on front of you.
If you’re serious about working on your technique then make sure to balance your sessions by spending some time on your practice pad!
So there we have it, probably one of the strangest drumming items that we’ve written about to date. Though it’s actually very cool. Even stranger is that it’s come from such a big music company!
If you’re looking to create your own drum kits out of everyday objects in the home, then check out the Korg ClipHit.