Sunhouse recently released a major software update, Version 1.1, for the company’s Sensory Percussion system, which uses dynamically sensitive contact microphones on acoustic drums to pick up drum head vibration and relay that information to the software, which translates the vibration into a programmed sound.  Software sounds can be assigned to various positions on a drum head, which can have as many as 20 zones.

Enhancements in Version 1.1 include Velocity I/O, MIDI In control, an updated threshold panel, and improved crosstalk cancellation.

Using Velocity I/O, users can designate a sample to play at the same volume no matter how hard a drum is hit, or have a sample programmed to play if the drum is hit above a certain volume. With new MIDI In control, the drummer can assign MIDI controllers to any knob or button. Currently two types are available: note on/off and control change. Plus. MIDI IN allows using a foot pedal to switch kits.

Sampler-Level Filters are new highpass and lowpass filters on the sampler. If a user is stacking samplers on a pad (for example, one sampler for synth sounds and one for percussive sounds), he or she can now apply a filter to only one sampler instead of the entire pad.


With Kit-Wide Controllers, users can create Velocity and Speed controllers that accept input from the entire kit. Set-level assignments let you set controllers to persist across kits. This is most useful for kit switching, and also in instances when users want to have the same send controller on all kits. Button Assignments let you assign controllers to buttons including mutes, solos, and so on. The new Refreshed Threshold Panel provides for setting a threshold using the red line, or setting a parameter to adjust for resonant drums, such as loose kicks and floor toms.

Sunhouse improved crosstalk in Version 1.1. There is now also an option for setting the degree of crosstalk filtering wihin the system. The Input Routing feature lets you choose which channel on an interface goes to which channel in Sensory Percussion.

Sensory Percussion is also releasing new preset samples and kits including SIMIO, a kit from the yet-to-be-released sound pack Astrologia Sintezilo. The kit comes with all new earthy additions to the Worldly Sounds pack, such as live recordings of forest rocks, logs and leaves, layered beneath the chordal sounds of a sample synth patch designed at Sunhouse.

Software updates will be emailed to existing users for free. New users will automatically be given Version 1.1 with a purchase.

For further information, visit the Sensory Percussion by Sunhouse website.