I happened to unpack a dusty Beatnik I bought back in 2006. And I wondered why I had packed it away, as I would love to know just how horrible my rolls are when compared to a theoretical, robot drummer version of me.
Then I tried to play it and quickly found out why: you have to beat the damn thing to get it to register. This makes a lot of noise. It's about as loud as playing Rock Band or something like that, on those awful plastic pads.
Does anybody know of a gentler Beatnik? Living in an apartment means I can't be pounding on hard plastic/rubber surfaces with sticks at night. Something more sensitive and with a softer surface?