ddrum’s NIO Electronic Percussion Pad offers players “virtually endless options”

The Swedish company’s newest addition boasts all the capabilities of a full electronic drum kit.

ddrum NIO

ddrum has unveiled its new drum electronic drum instrument, the NIO Electronic Percussion Pad. With a similar nine-pad format to ubiquitous drum pads such as Roland’s SPD-500, the NIO comes pre-loaded with 30 preset kits (including five ddrum series kits) 20 user kits and hundreds of built-in sounds.

It offers 512 MB of storage for players to load their own sample kits, sounds or loops via USB Type-B and has two built-in trigger inputs for use with external drum triggers or pads. There’s also the input for a footswitch for more holistic electronic drumming.

Additionally, a Click and Record feature allows players to practice with a metronome and save their patterns, while the NIO’s quarter-inch headphone output enables private practice. Additionally, the eighth-inch stereo aux input allows audio in, so players can perform along with an external music source.

ddrum says, “featuring a broad surface of responsive pads, endless percussive options, and ample connectivity, the NIO is an ideal addition to acoustic or electronic kits in various settings, from at-home practice to live performance and studio sessions.”

The new instrument comes from the company that lays claim to the first-ever drum pad, though since then have built a formidable reputation as a manufacturer of acoustic drums. With ddrum also known for their range of quality electro-acoustic Hybrid Drums and drum triggers, the NIO promises considerable responsiveness and playability.

The NIO is priced at €399. More information and full specs can be found at ddrum.com.