Read what our customers are saying after playing the Hyper-Bass pedal.
About a year ago, I suffered from an anterior spinal infarction, in Lehman’s terms, a stroke to my spinal cord. I could not move my legs. I am a drummer, and thought that I would no longer be able to play the drums again and I was very disappointed. I have been in an intense physical therapy program and have gotten a good amount of movement back in my legs. Yet, I was still not able to play my drum set. My brother looked into finding me an alternative, and came Ron and his Hyper-Bass pedal. I started to play with this alternative pedal. Because of my limited movement, I found it quite difficult at first, but I was not going to give up on drumming that easily. After a couple of days of practice I found this pedal to be amazing. I am now drumming again; it feels great to do so, and all thanks to Hyper-Bass for making this possible.
I have used the Hyberbass pedal as both a single and double kick pedal as well as a a pedal Hihat and tambourine (like a real Hihat with a tambourine on the top) and using two as double kick and I have to say that the Hyperbass kicks ASS!!! Dont hesitate to work with Ron- he is class!!!
I use my hyper-bass pedal as a regular pedal, using only with the bottom trigger. I chose it because you can select between three spring tensions, and three levels of beater-hardness. The pedal really works well: it’s smooth, quiet, and it triggers well. Using one with the bottom trigger only is really a great and inexpensive alternative to a conventional pedal/kick trigger.
I play guitar and piano and have always had a heavy foot when it comes to keeping time. The last couple of years, I have experimented, using a Roland TD-6 drum brain. I have approximately 7 pedals that I now use. Since purchasing your double trigger, I intend to convert all my pedals to your trigger except for the base drum pedal. I am extremely happy with the triggers (Hyper-Bass) and their mechanical functionality. I would recommend this component to anyone, and especially single instrument players who want to add a more dynamic foot pedal rhythm to their sound.
Indeed, I’m almost reluctant to tell you how awesome the Hyper-Bass pedal is, because I don’t want to give away my big secret! I can play sixteenth bass-notes so freakin’ fast now – and EFFORTLESSLY – it’s just nuts. People are constantly amazed. And yet it’s still musical and in-time. This is a brilliant invention.
Before I heard about the Hyper-Bass conversion kit, I began to draw-up plans in my head for some sort of double-trigger kick pedal. When I read about Hyper-Bass and saw the images and demo on their website, it was exactly what I was looking for—better than I had imagined. I have the conversion kit mounted to a DW9000. Works like a charm!
A couple years ago, I purchased a Roland SPD-S sampling percussion module. I have been using it with increasing frequency in a variety of musical projects, both original and cover bands. It got to the point where I needed to sample sounds with my foot during song parts in which both hands are busy. So I started researching the current technology for trigger pedals. I realized that had I wanted to, I could use a generic bass drum pad (like the Yamaha KP-65 that came with my DTXPress III kit) and any old bass drum pedal, but with my current setup (that already includes a double pedal, hi hat, and external percussion Gajate bracket pedals on my left), I lack the real estate and vertical space to accommodate such a setup. So I kept looking. I have to say I was pretty disappointed in the lack of options in the trigger pedal market (until I found the Hyper-Bass). Unlike bass drum pedals, there are not very many trigger pedals to choose from.
When you rule out the plastic “Rock Band”-type toy pedals used for gaming, it pretty much comes down to the main 5 — the Pintech Ergo-kick, the Roland KD-7, the Fat Kat pedal by DrumTech (of MIDI KITI fame), the Hart Dynamics HammerKick, and the Alesis StealthKick. I ended up ruling these out one by one. Besides being somewhat hard to find (I do not think they make the Ergokick any longer), the reviews I read about the Pintech were not very positive, and lots of double triggering was reported. The KD-7 is widely available both new and used, and fairly popular, but was also designed many years ago, requires a separate pedal, and does not appear to be double-pedal friendly. The HammerKick looks like a good design, can accommodate a double pedal, but just as the others – it requires a separate pedal. Those 4 pedals all require an existing bass drum pedal and an inverted beater. Some pedals (KD-7, Ergokick, HammerKick) include 1 inverted beater, and Alesis even supplies the entire kick pedal. But the main problem for me is that I do NOT want to have to cart around another bass drum pedal and a separate trigger mechanism. That takes more time to set up, it takes up more valuable floor space, and also runs the risk of the pedal coming loose in the middle of a song (this happens to my bass drum, so I am sure it would happen to a trigger). I have also found that these types of pedals tend to “rock” side-to-side when played extensively. So I really wanted a self-contained, beaterless unit that triggers on its own. The FatKat was the only one of these pedals that did not have a beater – since it was a self-contained unit. I really like that design idea, since it is a vertical space saver and can lead to a quicker setup. It also seemed to be the most popular pedal among drummers from the past, yet is no longer being made. (To find one, a drummer has to trawl eBay and then expect to pay at least $150 for a beat-up model that was likely made twenty years ago).
Then I found the Hyper-Bass trigger pedal. I wasn’t sure if it would work with my SPD-S, so I wrote to the owner, Ron. He assured me it would work, but just to ease my mind, he sent me one of the 2 trigger mechanisms he uses in the pedal to try out. It worked perfectly with the SPD-S. With that, I was sold. This is the trigger pedal I have been looking for. Not only is it a self-contained unit without a beater – it contains 2 separate triggers so it can trigger sounds on both the upstroke AND the downstroke. As you can imagine, the sonic possibilities are endless. For example, you can program both triggered sounds to be a bass drum sound, and then play ripping fast double bass parts with one foot. For cover band applications, I was most interested in programming both triggers for a shaker or tambourine sound, so I could play sixteenth note patters during, say, the chorus of a song. According to the website, if I don’t need both sounds, I could simply unplug the top trigger (or use an A/B switching pedal if I need to alternate). I learned Hyper-Bass also offers “conversion kits” for those who prefer the feel of their own bass drum pedals. After much contemplation, I decided the Hyper-Bass trigger pedal was more geared toward my needs.
Recently I finally bought a self-contained Hyper-Bass trigger pedal unit, and am SO glad I did. I have never been more relieved and pleased with a hardware gear purchase. Even after knowing what it is purported to do, and seeing the pictures, and contemplating getting it for months, I am still in awe. This thing is simply killer. It is everything that is advertised and more. The pictures and video on the website do not do this thing justice. This is a serious piece of equipment. What a well-built piece of metal! It is everything I needed. It is VERY solidly built. The pedal is solid, black powder coated metal. I love how it looks and it is very sturdy. It even comes with 3 different springs to accommodate different feels/preferences. I just started scratching the surface of using it with my Roland SPD-S, but just as Ron said — IT WORKS! Like a charm! It does everything Ron says it can do. I am still getting used to the feel, as the directions said would be the case, and am considering swapping out to a medium spring, but WOW! What a product!