Best Air Drumsticks

I don’t know about you, but I started playing air drums since I was a kid. Back then, I’d imagine myself behind a drum kit, getting into the grove.

Today, we can actually air drum!

If you’re looking for a pair of air drumsticks to get started with, I share the best picks here:

Best Air Drumsticks

Air DrumsticksPriceWhy this made the list?
PocketDrum 2 Plus by Aeroband$179Wireless air drumsticks that can be played right out of the box.
Aerodrums$249OG air drumsticks.
Hyperdrum$119Most affordable, pretty good latency.
Freedrum$349
Senstroke$145.99 (€249.90)External sensors so you can play with any drumsticks. Company may be defunct

1. Pocketdrum 2 Plus (by Aeroband)

Pocketdrum 2 Plus is a pair of electronic air drumsticks by Aeroband. The Pocketdrum 2 Plus also comes with feet triggers for the bass drum and hi-hats. All you need to do is to charge the Pocketdrum 2 Plus kit and you’re good to go.

Pocketdrum 2 Plus also works with the Aeroband Pocketdrum app which comes with play along music, however latency can be a frustrating issue when working with the app.

You can choose to play without the app just by connecting to the adapter that comes in the kit, so that if the latency frustrates you, you can choose not to use the app.

Though it may take a while to find the different parts of the virtual drum set, the drumsticks come with vibration feedback that gives you a better playing experience. There are instructions provided, so you shouldn’t have much issues setting up these air drumsticks.

The Pocketdrum 2 Plus’ adapter also works as a MIDI output that lets you trigger drum sounds via your DAW on your computer. This would be very enticing for bootstrap musicians.

The Pocketdrum 2 Plus is one of the most affordable air drumsticks out there currently and is readily available too. Plus, setting up is relatively fuss free.

Here’s what you get in the box:

How do Pocketdrum 2 Plus work?

Sensors in the drumsticks provide feedback that is feed into the adapter, and triggers the relevant drum sound tracks.

Disadvantages of Pocketdrum 2 Plus

The drumsticks require regular re-calibration, especially if there are a lot of redundant movements during drumming. That said, re-calibration can be done quickly and easily by pressing the power buttons on both sticks.

The drumsticks are thicc. You may need to get used to the feel of the Pocketdrum 2’s drumsticks.

2. Aerodrums

The OG of air drumsticks, Aerodrums has been around since I first started drumming eons ago.

It captivated pro drummers too:

Over the years, Aerodrums has improved on its product. The latest Aerodrums even come with optional support for VR headsets like the Oculus Quest 2.

How do Aerodrums work?

It relies on a high speed motion sensor that detects signals from reflectors on your drumsticks and feet, allowing you to trigger sounds from a full drumkit. The sensor is plugged into your computer to capture your movements via the Aerodrums software.

Disadvantages of Aerodrums

You’ll need to set up the motion sensor as well as a computer to start playing. This could be a chore if you intend to play often, but do not have a space dedicated to playing.

At the point of writing, Aerodrums is working on the new Aerodrums 2 which will come with an immersive Aerodrums app. It will be easier to set up, no longer require a computer to work and also come with improved drum response technology that relies on advanced algorithm to improve your drumming experience. The Aerodrums 2 is due for released to Kickstarter supported in April 2024, but actual shipping date is subject to changes.

3. Hyperdrum

Hyperdrum by Theodots is one of the latest players in the air drumsticks scene. It was launched after a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2021. And, it is also the cheapest option currently.

image from theodots’ kickstarter

Building off the experience and feedback from its predecessors, the Hyperdrum offers a good alternative that is wallet friendly. The best part is that you do not need an app to play with the Hyperdrum, all you need to do is to connect the relevant adapters together and you’re good to go. Latency feels better on the Hyperdrum, but lag may still occur on occasion in my experience.

The Hyperdrums support MIDI and can be used with popular DAW like Cubase and Logic Pro X too!

Here’s an unboxing of the Hyperdrum air drumsticks:

Disadvantages of Hyperdrum

Latency still exists, so let’s not kid ourselves. However…

The main reason it is third on this list is due to its poor availability. It seems you can only purchase the Hyperdrum on Theodots website, or on Aliexpress. You may have some luck with local music stores. Or, if you know of any retailers offering the Hyperdrums, let me know in the comments below!

4. Freedrum Electronic Drumsticks

The Freedrum electronic drumsticks work very much like the PocketDrums 2, except that the sensors are external. This means you can replace the stock drumsticks with your own simply by attaching the Freedrum sensors to your own drumsticks.

The original Freedrum air drumsticks don’t seem to be in production anymore. Your best bet would be at local music stores or on second hand marketplaces like Craigslist.

The newer Freedrum 2 now comes with built in sensors on the drum sticks and improved pedal sensors.

the new Freedrum 2

Disadvantages of Freedrum Electronic Drumsticks

The new Freedrum air drumsticks are very costly, and can be difficult to find. You may need to check out your local music store or thomann. At this price point, you may be better off getting a portable digital drum kit like Yamaha’s DD75 instead.

The company seems to be pivoting its focus to the Freedrum studio app. Although it looks great for beginners, the full app is only available on a subscription model.

5. Senstroke

Senstroke by Redison works very much like the original Freedrum electronic drumsticks. The kit comes with 4 drum sensors that you can attach to your drumsticks and your shoelaces. It also comes with a friendly price tag, if you can find it for sale.

Calibration can be done with the accompanying app.

As with all the air drumsticks, expect some latency with Senstroke.

I can’t seem to find more information or official press releases, but it seems like the company may be defunct. Their discord is relatively dead as well:

Who should consider air drumsticks?

  • The undecided aspiring drummer

You’re curious about drumming but don’t want to commit to a drum kit yet. What can you do to figure out if drumming is for you?

Two things, in my opinion.

  1. Go for drum classes. You don’t need a drum kit at home to learn drumming, commit to just 1 drum class and see how it goes. Many music schools offer trial classes especially for adults.
  2. Get an affordable air drumsticks to get a feel for drumming. While air drumsticks do not provide the full experience of being behind the drum kit, you’ll get to experience the fundamental skills of playing the drums such as coordination, rhythm, timing and more.

I’ve shared the best air drumsticks you can consider above, you may find good bargains on second hand markets sometimes too.

  • Parents who are unsure if their children will like drumming

Air drumsticks are an affordable option that gives your child an alternative experience to drumming. No need to worry about wasting moolah or storage if your child turns out to dislike the experience.

Aside from the best air drumsticks that made this list, you can probably find cheaper, air drumsticks made for kids. Those don’t really perform as well in my opinion, but if you want to let your child have a go at drumming without breaking the bank, you might want to consider those.

Regardless of your situation, bear this in mind when considering air drumsticks:

Common issue with air drumsticks

As air drumsticks tend to rely on sensor, there will inevitably be latency issues or lag, when you play. Hence, these tend to be great for beginners or aspiring drummers who are not ready to commit to a drum kit yet. However, they may not be the best option for pros.

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