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Well here is a Blast from the Past. I am writing this review because despite the fact that I have written to Roland and Boss on the matter of upgrading this machine, 6 years have passed and this is still their top drum machine - why is that? Whilst I know I like hardware drum machines, a great many people prefer to use software but this machine was aimed at a slightly different market - the guitarist.
Time to look at another NAMM 2011 product – the Arturia Spark! It’s not yet been released, and is instead currently available for pre-order, but there’s no harm in having a look into what this highly anticipated product is capable of doing!
ARTURIA SPARK – INTRODUCTION
The Arturia Spark is a powerful hardware/software hybrid drum machine, combining the power of analogue (modeling) synthesis, physical modeling and samples. It has been designed to streamline your beat production work, saving you time when searching for the perfect kit, and offer simple, yet essential controls for creating the ideal rhythm. So if you’re looking for a new and intuitive way to create your drum patterns, the Arturia Spark could quite possibly be your answer!
Don't let the posting name fool you! My knowledge of drums is 'alright' at best! This review was kindly written by Austin Lane, Absolute Music's new drum manager!
2BOX DRUMIT 5 MK2 ELECTRONIC DRUM KIT
Having been playing drums for more years than I care to mention, and having just taken over the drum managers position at Absolute Music (after 19 years at one of the UKs leading Drum Stores), I came into contact with the 2Box Drumit Five kit for the first time, and straight away they even gave me a pair of sticks and asked me to put it through it's paces!!!!! Challenge accepted!
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KORG WAVEDRUM - INTRODUCTION
As a drummer, not a percussionist, I have often wanted to purchase a set of bongos or congas to play by hand. Today I am more of an electronic drummer than I am acoustic, so the thought of playing an electronic drum full of hand percussion sounds plus a whole load more, with a real drum head seems to be just the thing for me.
Is anyone else getting bored with the same old sounds cropping up in numerous songs all over the country? To me it seems that the current trend for the vast majority of aspiring music producers is to play it safe; attach themselves to a specific genre of music, and attempt to copy the sound and the structure of what already exists. They will judge the completion of a track upon whether it sounds like what already exists, and whether they can envisage it ‘fitting in’ within their chosen scene. They will let their personal artistic judgement be clouded by what they see as the ‘norm’, and go along with the crowd in an attempt to gather an easy following. Their equipment of choice will be decided by what they see their musical idols using, and they will strive to achieve those exact same sounds!
News from Alesis, with the announcement of a brand-new electronic drum set - the DM7 USB Kit.
The Alesis DM7 USB Kit features crushing bass drums, cracking snares, melodic toms and shimmering cymbals - all at your fingertips. Experience the thrill of busting out beats on eight total drum and cymbal pads powered by the DM7 drum module, with over 400 sounds. Between the rugged DMRack, triple-zone snare pad, choke-able crash, and USB computer connectivity, the DM7 USB Kit gives you flagship features at an ultra-affordable price. Continue Reading
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INTRODUCTION TO THE Roland SPD-30 Octapad
The SPD-30 Octapad is the latest digital percussion multi-pad from Roland using the most up-to-date triggering technology and sounds. It has come a very long way since the first Octapad - the Pad-8 introduced in 1985 as a MIDI percussion controller. In 1989 they introduced the second model - the Pad-80 Octapad II which had a larger memory that could store up to 64 different patches with 64 patches on a Roland M-256E memory card. Further improvements to the MIDI specification included the control of modulation, pitch bend and aftertouch using a foot pedal. They then went on to release their SPD range which were very similar to the Octapads but had on board sounds and effects.