Freedrum Electronic Drumsticks

 

1. Charge your sensors

Charge all your sensors using the charging cable provided before using the product. While charging, the LED will shine red. The LED will turn off when charging is complete.

2. Download Freedrum Studio

While your sensors are charging, download the Freedrum Studio app.

  
Windows is not supported yet.

3. Attaching your pedal sensors to your legs

Once your sensors are fully charged, take the circular ones and attach them to your legs. The best position is just above your knee. Ensure the (L) icon is on your left leg and the (R) icon is on your right leg. The icons should be on the insides of your legs like shown in the image. It's also important that the pedals are facing upwards like in the picture shown.

  

4. Turning on your sensors

Once your sensors are attached to your knees, you can turn them on by pressing the large circular area once. You can turn on your drumsticks by pressing the button located within the oval ring once.

5. Connecting to your device

You connect your Freedrum using the Freedrum Studio app. There are two ways to connect Freedrum to your device.
1. In the device connection menu on startup, select "Freedrum".
2. If you have already used the app before and you see a drum kit (this is the tab called "Free Play"), you can connect by tapping the circular button on the bottom-right.

  

You should see "Freedrum" appear in the list. Press "Freedrum" to connect and tap continue. With the Freedrum Electronic Drumsticks, you'll only need to connect to one Bluetooth device, which is different from the Original Freedrum that required connecting to four separate devices.

6. Calibrating your drumsticks

When you begin playing Freedrum, you must calibrate your drumsticks. This is done to place the drum kit in the correct direction. Calibrate your drumsticks by pointing both of them directly in front of you and pressing each of the buttons once at the same time. If the calibration is successful, the right stick should shine blue and the left stick should shine red. Repeat the process if they do not shine blue and red.

7. Positioning

Keep the area around you clear of any obstacles and position yourself at least one meter away from any walls or flat surfaces. Make sure you keep your back straight and your legs in a 90° angle when lifting up your heels.

8. Using your drumsticks

Play the drumsticks above your knees. Avoid playing drums below the height of your knees. The drumsticks should always be kept above the pedal sensors. 
Avoid hitting the drumsticks together. If you accidentally hit the drumsticks together, keep both sticks still for one second.
Avoid playing with excessive movement. This means that you need to pay attention to your playing technique and develop a good sense of control.

    

9. Using your pedal sensors

Ensure your pedals sensors are positioned correctly by following the previous steps on attaching your pedal sensors to your legs. Your right leg is set as a kick drum and the left leg is set as the hi-hat. To play the kick drum, lift your right heel above the ground and then tap it back on the floor again. If you tap harder the velocity of the drum sound will increase. To open the hi-hat, lift your left heel above the ground and play the hi hat cymbal with your stick. You can close the hi-hat by tapping your heel back on the ground.

10. Drum positions

To learn how the drums are positioned with Freedrum you should refer to the setup tutorial in the Freedrum Studio app. The tutorial can be found in the "More" tab by tapping the "Tutorial" list item in that screen.

11. Recalibrating your drumsticks

If you feel that the drums have moved their positions or you are having difficulting in finding the drum that you expect then you should recalibrate your drumsticks. You can do this by holding both drumsticks still directly infront of you and pressing both buttons once at the same time. If the calibration is successful, the right stick should shine blue and the left stick should shine red. Repeat the process if they do not shine blue and red.

 

For more technical information about the kit behaviour:
- Kit behaviour guide
- Kit behaviour chart