Play drums? How about in the office -- via USB?

 Sure, this isn't the most serious item on this blog, but for the office worker who moonlights as a rocker, this is big news.May the cubicle emancipation begin!

 Synesthesia Mandala USB Drum PadSure, this isn't the most serious item on this blog, but for the office worker who moonlights as a rocker, this is big news.

May the cubicle emancipation begin!

Synesthesia Mandala has hooked up with Tool drummer Danny Carey, of all people, to create a USB drum pad that hooks up to a computer via a USB cord to pound out the jams through your CPU’s speakers or sound system (office suggestion: don't forget headphones!)

The company says the pad has the ability to assign different sounds and effects to different concentric circle “zones” on it.  It also comes with software that allows you to modify things like meter and effects, but the fine people over at Popular Mechanics report that the software is needlessly complex. (I imagine that Pro Tools veterans wouldn't have a problem.)

The price tag? $350.  Go get 'em, Bonham.