Drums

NAMM 2019: Roland rolls out the TM-1 trigger module for drummers who want to combine acoustic and electronic percussion live

New at NAMM 2019 is the new Roland TM-1 drum module, featuring two high-tech trigger inputs that are built for the stage or the studio.

Here are the best cymbal packs money can buy

There are plenty of good reasons to buy a cymbal pack, but once you know you want to, you'll need to find the right one. Here are the best cymbal packs.

Alesis releases Strike MultiPad percussion pad just in time for the holidays

The all-new Alesis Strike MultiPad comes jam-packed out of the box and includes a surprising amount of extra features and abilities for such a slim machine.

Soundbrenner’s new “Core” musicians smartwatch met its Kickstarter goal in 14 minutes

Music startup Soundbrenner announced a new follow-up model to their widely popular "Pulse" in early October and quickly surpassed their Kickstarter goal.

NAMM 2018: Yamaha announces DTX402 series entry-level electronic drum kit

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.

Best drum kits for beginners

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.

Everything you need to know about cymbal alloys

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]

Top 10 must-have accessories every drummer needs

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 announces Crystal Beat series, made from seamless acrylic

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 Punch Drum Machine [Review]

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 Spark 2 [Review]

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]

Toontrack EZdrummer 2 now shipping

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]

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