Meinl Split Tone Pad Anika Nilles

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Exercise Pad

  • Anika Nille's signature model
  • With different surfaces
  • Middle zone has normal rebound behaviour
  • Red zones have a higher sound than the main surface - if these are played with the right or left hand only, this splits the exercises into two different sounds
  • Soft, oval zone on the top offers a muted sound
  • Playing surface on the back has less rebound due to a special surface - with it you can warm up quickly and gain extra power
available since November 2020
Item number 499712
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Extras 4 Zones
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$62
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More than a standard practice pad
Pavol D 02.10.2022
Well, it's a practice pad. What possible can be big differences between various practice pads? Sound is not important, rebound and feel more so.

I've used several practice pads to date, some robust and heavy, some tiny and light travelling away from me when practicing :D

This one is somewhat different and now I split practice pads into 2 categories.

Category one - muscle and memory training. For this I have used practice pads with a single sound/feel surface to practice rudiments, dynamics, accents, which worked well for a quiet(er) one drum application or drum set application (just add a few quiet cymbals).

Category two - muscle, memory and ear training. This is where Anika's pad fits. Playing patterns with hands partially alternating and partially simultaneously at the same time on different surfaces on the same pad makes so much difference for the ears to hear patterns. I do not have to concentrate so much to capture a pattern of my right hand vs left hand. I do find myself drifting from one hand pattern to another hand pattern seamlessly now. The main side of the pad offers 3 different "sounds/surface" zones at the same height level (see description for more details of the pad or visit Meinl website and videos). The other side of the pad surprised me equally well if not more. It's really quiet and offers that workout surface when your hands need to do all the work without rebounds to gain strength. A while ago I was considering the 10" Reflexx, now Zildjian pad. I think Anika's pad is very close to it so I have no regrets. The only thing that I would change at cost, if I was Meinl product manager, would be to make it slightly but only slightly heavier / robust by increasing the thickness of the middle wooden layer.
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Ehsan H. 24.01.2022
After seeing a similar drum pad like the Drumeo practice pad, upon seeing this one I was very interested in seeing how this one would be.

Coming through the post this comes with a canvas bag, a sheet from Anika with a really great exercise for this pad, and of course the pad itself. It's weighty which was already a good sign for me.

The main pad had a very nice bounce to it, the feedback from the stick hitting it felt like I was hitting a snare head. The thickness here really helps it have that feel. Volume-wise it's not so indifferent as a regular pad you've used.

The red spots allow you to hit notes accented at a higher volume and are also a very nice addition if you want to work on the exercises Anika sends you with this pad. I quite like this especially because it has a nice higher-pitch sound which has a nice punch no matter how hard or lightly you hit it.

The top-muffle area is also a nice addition to the pad if you are simply wanting to practice ghost-notes or even just mess around with some rudiments on all areas of the pads. However, my only gripe with this is that the material seems too light so I feel like if I hit a stroke at a medium-volume stick height I feel like I'm hitting past the muffle and into the wood itself. The same can be said for the backside which the whole backside is this muffle material. I would change this to be more resistant and maybe denser felt so that it really does make it for better quiet playing. With that being, it can be managed by just playing more lightly!

Overall, I'm pretty happy with this and would recommend this to anyone who wants more 'features' out of their drum pad. Good job Anika and Meinl!
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Vielseitiges Pad mit ein paar Schwächen beim Spielgefühl
Ingramosch 02.02.2021
Ich habe mir das Plit Tone Pad besorgt, um mein altes Pad auch für meine Schüler im Proberaum zu nutzen. Das Split Tone Pad sollte dann als "eierlegende Wollmilchsau" für mich für zuhause diesen.

Im Großen und ganzen erfüllt es diesen Zweck auch sehr gut - durch die verschiedenen Soundoptionen auf der Hauptoberfläche lassen sich viele Ideen von verschiedenen Verteilungen bis zu Grooves effektiv üben.

Vom Spielgefühl steht es meinem alten Yamaha Pad auf der Hauptoberfläche etwas hinterher, zudem ist das Pad auch ziemlich laut. Die Oberfläche ist also verhältnismäßig hart, hat aber nur mitteläßig viel Rebound.
Wünschenswert wäre gewesen, wenn sich die roten Spielflächen deutlicher vom Sound unterscheiden und etwas "bouncier" gewesen wären.
Die "Low Rebound" Oberfläche auf der Hauptseite ist hingegen relativ dünn, sodass man leicht auf die Mittelplatte durchschlägt und auch hier der Sound relativ laut und hoch ist und der Rebound dennoch relativ hoch - auch hier wäre ein weicheres Spielgefühl und leiserer Sound angenehmer gewesen.
Die Rückseite mit der Low Rebound Fläche hält da schon eher, was sie verspricht und erweitert das Pad um noch eine weitere Soundoption.

Insgesamt ein gutes Pad, was aber an ein paar Stellen besonders für den Preis ein leichtes "Meh"-Gefühl liefert :)
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Pad intéressant et addictif
lo_ren 19.06.2022
Un peu déçu au début je m'attendais à davantage de différence de son entre les partis rouge et normal cela manque de contraste à mon gout néanmoins il est agréable à jouer joli et le gros plus de deux faces d'entrainement avec le côté verso en mousse pour avoir moins de rebond est vraiment bien)) DOnc non je ne regrette pas cet achat et la pochette de rangement plutôt sympa et les qques exercices proposés sont super bienvenues aussi°)
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