I had a meeting with my old friend, Vince DeFranco, at his office last week. Vince has been making Synesthesia Mandala drums for years. The drums have been Danny Carey's secret weapons for live and recording. He showed the depth of the drums and their software "Virtual Brain". The drums are not typical drum pads. It's hard to explain, check them out and find out what the drums do at http://synesthesiacorp.com/.
I have been learning about the software since the meeting. Since I am not a drummer, I use this software some different purposes. Vince gave me some tips and some modifications to me!!! This would be my secret weapon, soon.