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After the successful launch of the original HAPI drum we immediately began work on a larger, more versatile drum. A drum that would offer even more musical possibilities. It all started with designing a new mold that would provide more surface area for notes while barely increasing the weight. Once the mold was finished we experimented for a year with different note layouts and scale arrangements. Our patent pending note layout is a fine tuned arrangement so the best harmonics, ease of play, and resonance are all realized together. We think you will agree that the sound is out of this world! We proudly introduce to you the HAPI UFO (unique frequency orb) Drum.
Our HAPI UFO drum has 11 notes and is in the C Major Scale: D3, E3, F3, G3, A3, B3, C4, D4, E4, F4, G4. There are nine Pentatonic Scales in this single drum. They are C Major, D Minor, D Pygmy, E Minor, F Major, G Major, A Minor, A Akebono, A Pygmy. It also has one Hexatonic Scale, A Integral. The center note of C4 ties all the other notes together. The top shell of the drum is tuned to a higher harmonic support of C5. This helps unite the notes into a chorus of beautiful sound. C Major is one of the most commonly used key signatures in music. The white keys on the piano correspond to C Major, its relative minor is A Minor. C Major is often thought of as the most straight forward key owing to its lack of flats and sharps. Made from specially selected musical steel using our custom molded shape. It is easy to play with infinite musical possibilities. With the isolating rubber feet located on the bottom of the drum you can set it on any surface to play.
Dimensions: 15" wide by 8" tall and weighs only 12.75 pounds.
Color: Hammered Copper - color and texture can vary slightly from drum to drum due to the hand mixing process of the paint.
Includes: 1 UFO drum, a pair of mallets that are specifically handmade for our drum, a handbook that has mallet, hand playing techniques, and practice exercises. You can enjoy playing the UFO with your hands or the included mallets. Travel bag sold separately for $34.
Our HAPI UFO Drums are microphone compatible with our internal Duo.Flex Microphone for professional sound recording (sold separately). A microphone is not necessary to enjoy this drum, but it is great for studio recording. We are very excited about the release of our new Duo.Flex Microphone! Many hours of prototyping and design went into developing this versatile microphone. The sound quality and performance of this new mic will help take your playing to the next performance level! It is designed to capture the acoustic sound of HAPI Drums and other instruments for live stage performance and studio recording. It is feedback resistant for stage performance and has two condensed mics for gathering sound from different areas of the instrument. The Duo.Flex Mic comes with removable Velcro straps for attaching it to all sorts of instruments you may wish to record. An adjustable audio level slider on the mic is used for fine tuning of the input signal strength. This allows for optimal sound levels for different drums played with hands or with mallets. It also allows use with a variety of other instruments which may require different volume adjustments.
Posted by Unknown on 15th Jul 2014
I just received my Hapi UFO and I'm in love. This is a great instrument and I feel like I'm just beginning to scratch the surface. At first it seems pretty simple: Hit the tongues with a mallet or your fingers and make noise. It soon becomes clear that there's a lot more to this than meets the eye.
My first attempt was met with a dull thud that rang out for a few seconds. I quickly learned that you need to slap the tongue with the pad of your finger, not tap it. When I figured out how to make the noise I wanted I learned something else: dissonance is possible. Unlike the smaller Hapi drums which hold only 1 pentatonic scale, the UFO holds the full C major scale from D3-G4 (+C5). This gives it a lot of versatility but makes it harder to jam on at first. However, it comes with a handy sheet that shows the note layout and has a list of pentatonic scales. When you're working with just 1 scale it becomes much easier to jam, and it feels like there are few to no wrong combinations within the scales (A pygmy and A akebono are my favorite to play in so far). Switching between scales isn't too hard once you get used to them either. There are so many ways to play this as well, whether you want to just make some nice ambient meditative sounds or do something more percussive, it's just a matter of practice and creativity. You can hit multiple notes at once, hold your finger on a note a microsecond longer to mute it, slap it with your hand, slap it while keeping your wrist on the drum to produce a sharper/muted sound and finger roll (which is hard to do smoothly but produces a cool sound). And that's only what I've discovered within the first couple of days of playing with it.
All in all, I'm very Hapi (HA!) with this purchase. A few misc. things: The drum looks great, but I'd say the shade is a little darker than it looks in the picture. The mallets feel well constructed and make very clear and beautiful notes, but I don't see myself using them much. The drum itself feels very solid, I fear that dropping it would detune it but I doubt any permanent damage would occur (though you might break your foot). It is pretty heavy, a good 12 pounds. I also got the carrying case for it and I have to say it feels well constructed. Some constructive criticism though: $34 is a little steep for the case as it is. If it had the following features I feel it would be perfect: A handle on the top under the shoulder strap, the should strap should be adjustable, there should be some kind of simple sliding shoulder pad, a pocket or 2 wouldn't hurt (maybe 1 on the outside and 1 on the inside?) and a couple of holsters on the inside for the mallets.