Zildjian ZXT Trashformer Drum Cymbals

April 19, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Zildjian ZXT Trashformer CymbalsDrummers have a unique perspective when it comes to generating sound. While other instrumentalists are limited to what they can be plugged into via an effects-loop or, stomped on via a bloated pedal-board, drummers can make virtually anything percussive. Kitchen sinks, lengths of copper pipe, hubcaps and license plates have all found there way to my percussive arsenal. Found objects can really open up one’s sonic creativity. Read more

Whitney Drums Nesting Penguin 16 Drum Set

April 14, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Whitney Drums Nesting Penguin 16 Drum SetIf you’re of a certain age you remember a time when single headed tom-toms were in fashion and whether or not you want to admit it, you’re probably guilty of stacking the smaller toms inside the bigger ones at one time or another. It’s OK, we’ve all done it. The fact is, stacking the drums inside one another just kinda, well…made sense. They took up less space and were easier to carry too. But tastes change and thankfully for anyone with ears, double-sided toms (and bass drums for that matter) came back into style. It seemed that our nasty habit of transporting our drums inside one another and scuffing them all up had been kicked. Welcome to your new jones… Read more

Kelly Shu Kick-drum Microphone shock-mount

March 31, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Kelly Shu Kick-drum Microphone shock-mountMiking a bass drum seems simple enough, but as anyone who has tried can tell you, you either can or you can’t. In general Bass frequency can get lost and muddy in a mix. Take a lean out the window in my neighborhood and the next ’68 Impala to drive by will prove my point. The problem isn’t the drum, or the microphone, but the mic placement! Read more

Yamaha DTX550K electronic drum kit

March 20, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Yamaha DTX550K electronic drum kitYamaha are proud to announce the release of the new DTX550K electronic drum set featuring the award winning DTX pad. — Mid-priced set with DTX-PAD Textured Cellular Silicone Heads. Read more

Swirly Gig Shtick Holder – Drum Gear

March 18, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Swirly Gig Shtick Holder - Drum GearIt may have been an epiphany when the idea for her Swirly-Gig products came about. Maybe it was too much time spent playing with a Slinky, maybe it was frustration from too often reaching for extra sticks that have slipped in their holder. Either way, the Swirly-Gig Shtick Holder (a.k.a. stick holder… har-dee-har-har) was born and boy-oh-boy am I glad. Read more

Protection Racket Drum Mat Markers

March 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

If there is one thing we all have in common as drummers, it’s that we all need a good drum mat to place our percussive palaces upon. Whether you go for hardware-store basic, Carpet store remnant, or even the well-haggled-over exotic Persian variety, a good rug is a must have for the drummer about town, even if it’s just a door-mat from some crappy bar in Iowa. Read more

Image Line Drumaxx drum machine

March 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Image Line Software, leading developer of audio production software, has released its newest VSTi/AU plug-in for percussion modelling, Drumaxx.

Drumaxx is a virtual instrument that gives total control of 16 physically modeled drums. Each drum can be routed to independent output for external effects processing. Drumaxx includes 130 drumkits, 900 drum patches, 200 drum patterns and not a single sample in sight. Read more

ALESIS Six-Piece DM10 Studio Drum Kit

March 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

ALESIS Six-Piece DM10 Studio Drum KitDrummers will immediately notice the DM10 module’s outstanding sound quality. This new drum sound module contains true drum, cymbal and percussion sounds built from uncompressed samples of classic studio drums and prized cymbals. Drummers will find some of the most in-demand acoustic drum sounds from legendary drum brands, a huge arsenal of top producers’ go-to snare drums, real American, Canadian, Chinese, and Turkish cymbals, and electronic beat-machine sounds that have fueled the biggest hit records. Read more

Gibraltar Stealth Rack

February 25, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Gibraltar Stealth RackCall me Old Fashioned, but I’ve always resisted using a drum rack. I understand the convenience they offer when you have a large set up and need things to be “just so”. I also get the peace of mind they provide by allowing you to lock all of your settings; No one likes their drums and cymbals to tip or tilt out of place and racks are very solid. But I play a small kit, often only two or three drums and cymbals; a large rack simply is more than I need. Well, it seems that now I too can feel assured that my gear is solid and secure night after night. I present to you the Stealth Rack from Gibraltar Hardware. Read more

Famous Drum Sets No.3 – The Four Piece

February 11, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Famous Drum Sets No.3 - The Four PieceI now understand what writers go through when trying to assemble an accurate description of the subject at hand. Whether it’s a painting, a great moment in sports, a catchy new song or the newest Ford pickup truck, the definitions of such potential pop icons can become daunting. This has been my conundrum in coming to terms with the Four-Piece drum set. Read more

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