The 1980s were a vibrant time for electronic music and devices, and aside from synths, electronic drum kits like the Simmons drums not only looked high-tech but also sounded wildly futuristic. The Knucklehead is a device which employs similar methods to synthesis to the classic drum synths of the Eighties.
The Knucklehead uses a ‘Twin T Filter’ arrangement with a very high Q resonance – which can be triggered into oscillation and then returning to stability to create the envelope and decay we’re accustomed to with acoustic drums and instruments. It uses a condenser microphone coupled with a cylindrical, tubular input passage which you see perpendicular to the board. This microphone is highly sensitive, allowing for minute sounds to trigger it and giving the instrument a fantastic dynamic range of expression.
You can see the Knucklehead as a standalone device as well as an instrument enhancer. It can be attached to other instruments to feed off the resonance and harmonics being played elsewhere as a perfect compliment. It can be comfortably attached to a lanyard for many mobile audio experiments! For ease of use, the seller recommends using this audio lead with the device, for the best percussive experience.
The Knucklehead is sold by ZeroCrossing who are based in New York city,