At NAMM 2018, Yamaha has unveiled the a new entry-level electronic drum kit, the Yamaha DTX402 Series, as well as the new Crosstown lightweight hardware.
There are a ton of drum kits out there, but they're not all a good choice for beginners. Hence this guide. Here are the best drum kits for beginners.
The cymbals are an important part of any drummer’s setup, and a set of great-sounding cymbals can really make or break how a drum kit sounds. Sure, a great drum sound is largely down to the player — but having good-sounding drums and cymbals certainly doesn’t hurt. Some may not be aware, however, that cymbals can be made out of a variety of different materials, and most are made ...[Read More]
Playing the drums can be a lot of fun, but it can also be quite the hassle — between setting your drums up, tuning them, selecting the right heads, and so on, there’s a lot of time spent, well, not drumming. That’s why we’ve put together this guide of drum accessories — to help you get past all the extra stuff and spend more time doing what playing the drums is all ab...[Read More]
Pearl has announced the reintroduction of their seamless acrylic drum set, the Crystal Beat series. The drum set was originally introduced in 1973, and was a breakthrough in drum technology. The drums include Pearl‘s revolutionary seamless acrylic shells , as well as the Opti-Mount suspension system. The drums come in three different finishes – “Ultra Clear,” “Ruby Re...[Read More]
Rob Papen is an increasingly popular software instrument company, and their popular drum machine software, Punch, was released back in 2011. Punch combines synthesis, sampling and sequencing, and puts it all into one package. The idea behind Punch is fairly simple. It uses different synthesizers that are tweaked to be useful for percussion and allows users to tweak the sound further with different...[Read More]
Arturia recently released the second version of their Spark software, Spark 2, for “premiere beat creation”. With the first version of Spark being quite a hit, the name had a lot to live up to this time around. But would it live up to that name? Upon opening Spark 2 it became apparent just how intense the software is. I even got the “pinwheel” of death for a few seconds while it started up, someth...[Read More]
Yesterday Toontrack started shipping the second version of their popular EZdrummer software, EZdrummer 2. The new version is a complete refresh of the program, and offers a host of great new features. For starters, EZdrummer 2 features 5 drum kits, instead of the 2 that were found in EZdrummer. It also includes 16 stereo outputs, individual velocity control, pitch control for individual instrument...[Read More]
The Elektron Analog Rytm was unveiled a couple of months ago and many people have been excited about its release since then. According to the company, if you want to buy the machine you’ll have to act quick because the first run has a limited number. The Analog Rytm is a “one stop solution beat machine”. It includes 8 drum voices, 12 velocity sensitive pads, an analog master comp...[Read More]
Zildjian‘s K line of cymbals has been hailed as one of the most classic lines of cymbals out there. Well today Zildjian released a new branch to their K cymbals – the K Kerope series. The name comes from the great Kerope Zildjian, who was a big part of the Zildjian company his whole life, from his birth in 1865 until his death in 1909. The cymbals themselves were developed in conjuncti...[Read More]
Zildjian‘s popular and legendary “A” series got a complete makeover in 2013. These new cymbals have now completely replaced the old “A” line. Some adjustments that have been made to the line include lighter weight, and adjusted shapes of cups. Models of updated line include classics like the New Beat and Quick Beat hi hats (available in 13″-15″), plus, som...[Read More]