NAMM Round-Up: Drums & Percussion
We've give you the best of Computer Music & Software and Keyboards, Digital Pianos & Synths from this years Winter NAMM, now we bring you the best electric drum kits, electronic cymbal pads and studio kits from the likes of Korg, Roland, and Alesis.
Roland V-Compact Series TD-4K2
The most affordable V-Compact series from the V-Drums family has undergone new upgrades and refinements with a new Kick Pad and V-Cymbals. With improved playability, the TD-4K2 helps you maximise your performance and practice time. Expected to be in the UK as of February 2011 the TD-4K2 helps you get better faster with the built-in Coach and Quick Recording/Play function.
The TD-4K2 is now available to pre-order. Read more
Roland CY-12C V-Cymbal Crash
With optimised weight-balance and sensitivity, the CY-12C provides a natural swinging motion and accurate triggering for consistent crash performance, including choke control. The CY-12C V-Cymbal Crash is odeal for use with Roland's brand new TD-4K2X2 electric drum kit.
Korg Wavedrum Oriental
The Limited Edition WAVEDRUM ORIENTAL boasts a massive infusion of popular, unique, and accurate Arabic percussion sounds, all eminently playable from the dynamic rim and real drum head surface. To the award-winning WAVEDRUM, the new WAVEDRUM ORIENTAL adds a full range of algorithms and PCM samples dedicated to Arabic percussion. All of these sounds faithfully simulate the distinctive ways in which the tone is affected by subtle nuances in playing technique and the position of the strike on these acoustic instruments. The number of preset programs has been increased from the previous 100 and now stands at 150 preset programs. Together with the 150 user programs, you can now choose from a total of 300 variations. The appearance has also been enhanced. The body is a white tone reminiscent of a high-quality darbuka's ceramic body, complemented by a deep red wine-colored rim suggestive of the riches of Arabian culture.
The price of the Korg Wavedrum is yet to be confirmed, however you can register your interest and we'll email you as soon as we have more information! Pre-order yours now...
Alesis DM8 USB
Compact, quiet, quick to set up, with true, natural sound, the DM8 USB Kit brings Alesis quality to drummers and studios. Whether you need quiet practice, tracking quickly into software, or fast on-stage setup, the DM8 USB Kit is a perfect choice. You'll find the DM8 to be packed with over 750 first-call studio and live drums and cymbals, dozens of play-along tracks, and an advanced metronome for practice and performance. The DM8 features professional audio and trigger inputs and outputs including USB MIDI for expansive flexibility and connection to a wide range of sounds and controllers.
The DM8 USB is now available to pre-order. Read more and pre-order yours now
Alesis DM8 Pro
The DM8 Pro Kit features the barrier-shattering DM8 high-definition drum module with Dynamic Articulation™. Alesis' latest drum module in a line now spanning 20 years, the DM8 builds on the success of the top-of-the-line DM10. The DM8 shares the DM10’s essential architecture, including playback of genuine recordings of real drums and cymbals and advanced Dynamic Articulation™ multi-samples.
The DM8 Pro is avaiable to pre-order. See all of DM8's features here...
Alesis PerformancePad Pro
PerformancePad Pro is an eight-pad multi-percussion instrument, featuring over 500 sounds and a three-part sequencer that lets you play live, create loops and sequences to accompany yourself and add texture to the band. The PerformancePad Pro contains the sequencing engine from Alesis’ best-selling drum machines. This three-part sequencer enables you to program drum, percussion, and accompaniment parts for creating complete tracks or playing along with loops.
Read more of the PerformancePad Pro's features and pre-order yours now here