EVANS Drumheads is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Sunhouse Technologies Inc. Building upon Sunhouse’s foundational Sensory Percussion technology, the joint venture features completely redesigned versions of both the hardware and software, giving drummers even more power, control, and expressive possibility than ever before.
Originally introduced by Sunhouse in 2015, this patented technology lets drummers turn their acoustic drum kits into powerful controllers for electronic music-making. Using sensors—not triggers—along with proprietary machine learning, Sensory Percussion dynamically maps each drumhead’s surface and tracks each hit. With up to ten programmable zones per head and virtually limitless ways to control and manipulate them, drummers now have a way to naturally express themselves with electronic tools like samples, effects, and MIDI.
The new EVANS Hybrid Sensory Percussion Sound System is an entirely fresh take on the original, redeveloped from the ground up to give the drummer more reliable, usable, and purpose-built hardware, along with a reworked software experience to power an ever-expanding universe of discovery and creativity.
With this expansion into electronics, EVANS is establishing EVANS Hybrid—a new division focused on imagining and building the future of drumming, developing technologies that bridge the gap between acoustic and electronic percussion.
The all-new Sensory Percussion Software, completely redesigned to be more seamless, intuitive, & musical—eliminating as many barriers to creativity as possible, on stage or in the studio.
Three Drum Sensors, built to be sleeker, more durable, and easier to set up and remove. Each sensor tracks speed, velocity, and timbre across ten distinct programmable zones. The new sensors also feature tour-friendly, 3.5 mm cables over heavy XLRs.
The EVANS Portal audio interface, designed to work specifically with the software and proprietary sensors. It features seven sensor inputs, a built-in microphone, two combo mic/line/Hi-Z inputs, and a variety of headphone, aux, and stereo outputs.
“Since 2015, we’ve continued to improve and grow Sensory Percussion. To take it to the next level, we needed a partner with both manufacturing expertise on a big scale and a deep knowledge of the drumming community. The partnership with D’Addario (EVANS) is perfect for two family companies combining our expertise to not only reimagine the world of Sensory but create the future of percussion.”
TLACAEL ESPARZA – Co-Founder of Sunhouse
“For more than half a century, EVANS has been innovating and perfecting the acoustic drumhead to push the possibilities and dependability drummers have available to them. Moving into electronics was an inevitable and natural progression of that mission, but it was not until Sensory Percussion that we felt truly inspired to move forward. Given all this, we found Sunhouse to be the perfect partner for breaking into electronic drumming.”
JIM D’ADDARIO – Chief Innovation Officer of D’Addario & Co.
“Sensory Percussion has been a game changer for me. It’s enabled me to realize so many ideas that I never knew how to implement otherwise. I’m finally able to use the drum kit not just as an instrument but also as sort of a mission control centre to create any audio-visual world I can think of.”
GLENN KOTCHE – Drummer/Percussionist of Wilco
Sunhouse Technologies, Inc.
Sunhouse is a technology company headquartered in Queens, New York, founded by three siblings from Los Angeles. Its mission is to create products that empower musicians. Sunhouse uses novel software designs that focus on the musician’s perspective and leverages the latest in machine learning and signal processing to create systems that listen and respond. Its first product, Sensory Percussion, was successfully launched on Kickstarter and grew to attract a community of some of the best drummers, producers, and composers in the world, inspiring a new class of solo drummer who record and tour using Sensory Percussion.
D’Addario is the world’s largest manufacturer of musical instrument accessories, marketed under several product brands: D’Addario Fretted, D’Addario Orchestral, D’Addario Woodwinds, ProMark Drumsticks, EVANS Drumheads, and Puresound Snare Wires. A family-owned and operated business with roots dating back to the 17th century, D’Addario now has over 1,100 employees worldwide, and manufactures 95% of its products in the U.S. while utilizing Toyota’s Lean manufacturing principles.
D’Addario musical accessories are distributed in 120 countries, serve more than 3,300 U.S. retailers, all major e-commerce sites, and are the preferred choice of musicians worldwide such as, Keith Urban, Zac Brown, Brandi Carlile, Dave Matthews, Gary Clark Jr., Chris Thile, Ry Cooder, Joe Satriani, Julia Fischer, Anderson .Paak, Kacey Musgraves and more.
The D’Addario Foundation believes in the power of music to unlock creativity, boost self-confidence, and enhance academics. D’Addario also reinforces its role as a social and environmental leader with initiatives such as Playback and Play.Plant.Preserve.
Experience EVANS Hybrid Sensory Percussion Sound System at this years UK Drum Show.