A partner or offspring taking up the drums can be a mixed blessing, even if your home is vast. My younger daughter was thus cursed when her other half decided to learn and was soon touring in a band. The sizeable practice kit in their living room is quite a bone of contention chez eux.
So when I saw a startup, Aerodrums, advertising virtual drums on social media, I called in a set. Yes, virtual drums – air drums you play using sticks alone.
The kit comes with a camera and LED light – these you set up on a stand and train on the player, who wears reflective foot patches and uses drumsticks with special ends. The camera interprets drumming moves and creates real-time drum sounds to match. You can either channel the sound through an amp or through headphones.
And it works well with practice. The room lights need to be well down for the camera to pick up every nuance, and you need time to get the hang of it, but it’s a viable and likeable product – which will bring delight to the drummer – and, used in headphone mode, their family.