Drums

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]

Elektron Analog Rytm shipping starting today

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 releases new K Kerope series

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 A Cymbals: Revamped And Reloaded

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]

Pearl MMP Masters Snare Drum

Today I am lucky enough to be able to bring you all a review on a snare drum I am particularly fond of, It has become a work horse of sorts and seems to suit my style of playing quite well. For those of you who are not familiar with me, well lets just say I like to hit hard and am not afraid to push the boundaries of the beat! The snare I have up for review is the Pearl Masters MMP 14″x6.5&#...[Read More]

The Vault Edge DW/Sabian Snare Drum

Limited to 50 snares produced, John Good along with Sabian cymbals have worked together to produce an instrument like no other! Firstly, they started with the basic design of the now “Classic” Edge snare John Good developed in 1991 with great success. The idea behind the Edge snare was to bring together what, at the time, was two very different schools of thought, Wood vs Metal shelled...[Read More]

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