Category Archives: Drums

Sabian Vault Artisan Traditional Suspended Cymbal

cymbalSabian has introduced the Vault Artisan Traditional Suspended Cymbal.

It is available in sizes 15″ through 20″ and it joins the recently released Vault Artisan Traditional Hand Cymbals in offering premium ‘Old World’ sounds that are tonally deep, dark and rich, with a robust vintage musicality. Medium-thin in weight, the Suspended responds readily for crashing or crescendos, ensuring complete control for the player.

Commented Sabian Master Product Specialist Mark Love: “The sound of a Vault Artisan Traditional Symphonic cymbal is that of a century-old model that has matured through decades of playing. It’s a combination of high-density traditional hand hammering and a touch of innovation that actually improves on the performance and sound of those older cymbals. Like the Vault Artisan Hand Cymbals, this Suspended model responds easily and dynamically, so the desired sound is readily accessible.” Vault Artisan Traditional Symphonic models are individually hand crafted from premium B20 bronze by Sabian Master Artisans. They are quality-protected by the Sabian Two-Year Warranty.

Vault Artisan Traditional Suspended Cymbal facts:

Size: 15″, 16″, 17″, 18″, 19″, 20″

Weight: Medium-Thin

Finish: Natural (Brilliant is optional)

Metal: B20 Bronze

Hammering: ‘High-Density’ Traditional Hand Hammering, Innovative HHX ‘Tone Projection’ Dimpling

Lathing: Narrow ‘pin-style’

More information about the product: Sabian

Audio Damage Tattoo drum plug-in

ss-tattooAudio Damage has introduced its first instrument  the Tattoo drum plug-in.

Tattoo is a drum synthesizer where everything old is new again. Featuring 12 independent “voice-tuned” synthesizer topologies loosely based on the X0X series, and an incredibly sophisticated step/mod sequencer, Tattoo is at home in all forms of electronic music production.

Tattoo plug-in features:

– 12 Drum Synths: Tattoo comes equipped with twelve different voices, instead of the one general catch-all voice you find in most drum synth plug-ins.

– Sophisticated Step Sequencer: Tattoo’s internal sequencer comes correct, taking grid programming to the next level.

– Randomization For Days: There are multiple routes to randomizing your beats, from subtle ghost notes to full on haywire.

– Parameter Sequencing: Every synth parameter has its own sequencer, including randomization.

– Synchronized: Tattoo can run off its internal sequencer, from host sync, or via “note sync,” where the sequencer can be stepped with MIDI notes. In this way, Tattoo can run in any time signature you can come up with, or sync to any groove template in any host sequencer.

– MIDI Input: Tattoo‘s MIDI implementation includes full MIDI learn for all parameters and MIDI pattern switching. You can also use MIDI note input in addition to or instead of Tattoo‘s internal sequencer, and still have access to the randomization features and MOD sequencing.

– MIDI Output: Tattoo sends MIDI output of all its note events, including randomization, so you can use its step sequencer to drive any other drum synth or sampler (or any instrument, really) as long as your host allows MIDI routing from a plug-in instrument.

– Audio Outputs: Tattoo has a stereo buss and 10 mono outputs. The stereo buss has a modified version of the Kombinat “One Knob Compressor” to add a little squish to things.

More information about the producer: Audio Damage

Sabian SBr Series Of Brass Cymbals


Sabian has introduced SBr a new series of brass cymbals designed to offer improved quality and value for the entry level drummer. Produced from a special-formula brass alloy at the Sabian plant in Canada, the budget-priced SBr is available in a full range of popular sizes and models, each featuring deep, large-peen hammering and pinpoint lathing. SBr is available exclusively in Natural Finish.

Said Sabian Master Product Specialist Mark Love: “SBr offers a new, higher quality of brass cymbal and sound for the entry level drummer. Despite its budget price, this series has been designed as a value-added cymbal that sets a new standard for quality at this price point in the brass category. To ensure this level of quality, SBr features the same hand-guided, high-pressure hammering and traditional hand lathing applied to more expensive professional cymbals.”

The SBr series includes hi-hats, splashes, crashes, and rides. Also available are Sonically Matched pre-packs including the Performance Set (14″ hi-hats, 16″ crash, 20″ ride), the First Pack (13″ hi-hats, 16″ crash), and the 2-Pack (14″ hi-hats, 18″ crash ride).

SBr cymbal facts:

Audience: Entry Level

Price Point Budget

Metal: Brass

Hammering: Jumbo Peen

Lathing: Pinpoint

Finish: Natural

Sizes: 10″,13″,14″,16″,18″,20″

Model #:
10″ Splash SBR1005
13″ Hi-Hats SBR1302
14″ Hi-Hats SBR1402
16″ Crash SBR1606
18″ Crash Ride SBR1811
20″ Ride SBR2012
First Pack SBR5001
Two Pack SBR5002
Performance Set SBR5003

More information: Sabian

Organic Custom Drums Releases Hybrid Snares

organicdrums1With all of the guitar news of late, here’s a little something that may impress the drummers out there, courtesy of Organic Custom Drums.

Organic Custom Drums is introducing their new hybrid snare drums set. The Dual Floating Shell design that Organic Custom Drums has patented makes its way into these hybrid snares. The Dual Floating Shell provides the drums with two separate shells that are combined together via a central ring apparatus, and the rest of the hardware is attached at this point.

The rest of the design of the Organic Custom Drums hybrid snares is comprised of a 1/8 inch thick aluminum top shell that is coupled with a birch or maple bottom shell, depending on your specific configuration. The maple and birch bottoms come in both 8 and 10-ply variations. Also, the hybrid snares come in a large variety of sizes, including 5 x 14, 6 x 14, 7 x 14, and 8 x 14. Other features of the Organic Custom Drums snare are Pure Sound Custom 20-strand snare wires, 2.3mm triple flanged hoops, and Trick GS007 throwoff.

“Combining the bright, articulate sound of aluminum with maple’s warmer characteristics or the punchy, controlled sound of birch, gives drummers unique sonic and visual options not available with standard single-shelled drums,” said Artie Eaton, Director of Business Relations for Organic Custom Drums. “With these new hybrid models, drummers are able to leverage the best qualities of each shell material, with the added advantages offered by Organic Custom Drums’ Dual Floating Shell design.”

Custom versions are provided by special request, although the standard configurations of the instrument start at $945.00. The website is here.

Alesis SR-18 Drum Machine

Alesis SR-18 Drum Machine

One of the missed Winter NAMM products is this new drum machine by Alesis released after the more than 15 years success of the SR-16. The Alesis SR-18 Drum Machine sound range covers almost any kind of music and has some interesting drums, hits, electronic drums, percussion and bass sounds.

The Alesis SR-18 Drum Machine features 24-voice polyphony, 32MB percussion and bass sounds, built-in effects (reverb, EQ and compression), 12 drum pads, transport controls, value/tempo jog wheel, pattern-trigger pad, drum roll and mute/solo functions, 100 factory and 100 user presets, backlit LCD, 1/4″ input, 1/4 aux and headphones outputs and MIDI connections.

This drum machine can be controlled by footswitch pedals, the available functions for this controllers are start/stop and A-B fill/count. The Alesis SR-18 Drum Machine is now available and its price is $250.

Akai XR20 Beat Production Station [Winter NAMM 2008]

Akai XR20 Beat Production Station [Winter NAMM 2008]Akai introduced at Winter NAMM some interesting products, one of them is this drum machine specially designed for hip hop and R&B musicians, the Akai XR20 Beat Production Station. This device has the classic features of a drum machine but includes Chronic Music sounds, effects to improve your patterns and some more interesting options.

The specifications of the Akai XR20 Beat Production Station include about 700 sound of drums, percussion, synth and many more, built-in effect engine (EQ, reverb and compression), 99 factory patterns, 99 user patterns, pattern play (you can launch a pattern from one pad), drum roll and note repeat functions and backlit LCD. This beat machine can be controlled with 12 backlit pads, transport controls, real volume control, 1 jog wheel among other, and its connection include mic input, headphones, aux, main left and main right outputs, MIDI connections and footswitches inputs.

This drum machine can be powered with batteries or AC power adapter. The Akai XR20 Beat Production Station will be available this summer and its MRSP price is $500.

Roger Linn LinnDrum II

Roger Linn LinnDrum II

One of the most interesting devices lately released is the drum machine developed by Roger Linn and Dave Smith that was formerly known as BoomChik and now known as the Roger Linn LinnDrum II. Both designers, after some delays, get to introduce 2 different models of this device, the LinnDrum II Analog, that has some added features like analog synth voices and and the LinnDrum II Digital.

The Roger Linn LinnDrum II features all the functions in real-time mode, digital synth voices, built-in effects (distortio, compressor, delay, reverb, EQ, …) with 6 on/off switches, 16 backlit pressure and velocity-sensitive assignable pads, 52 backlit buttons, 2 assignable sliders, 4 soft-keys (that can act as soft-knobs also), help and details functions that uses the display to show help or configuration of any control or function, backlit LCD display, compact flash slot and internal RAM memory (sizes are not determined yet), 2 stereo inputs and outputs, 2 footswitch/expression pedal inputs and USB (with USB MIDI) and MIDI connections. The analog version also includes 4 analog voices (based on the Curtis-chip synth voices) with its dedicated direct outputs for each voice and 27 dual-function rotary encoders for voicing the analog and digital voices.

Both version of this product will be available, probably, on late 2008 and the estimated prices are $1,000 for the digital version and $1,500 for the analog version of LinnDrum II.

Hammerax Indigo Cymbals

Hammerax Indigo Cymbals

We introduced you the strange-but-cool sounding Liquicy cymbals some days ago and now Hammerax releases a new cymbal model with some interesting features. The Hammerax Indigo Cymbals include additional cups to provide a bigger range of sound in your crash or ride cymbal, there are 3 models available Indigo 16″ Flat Ride, Indigo 18″ Drak Crash and Indigo 20″ Dark Crash.

All the models from the Hammerax Indigo Cymbals series feature a gong-like design shape and produce a dark sound that could be a good complement to your brighter crash and ride cymbals. The crash models feature the standard center cup, 3 additional outer cups and 3 small buttons that provide a big range of sounds on a unique cymbal.

The Hammerax Indigo Cymbals are now available and their prices are $248 for the Indigo 16″ Flat Ride model, $350 for the Indigo 18″ Dark Crash Cymbal and $370 for the Indigo 20″ Dark Crash Cymbal.

Hammerax Liquicy Cymbals

Hammerax Liquicy CymbalsDrummers are not forgotten here and for them today we bring the new cymbals released by Hammerax company, the Hammerax Liquicy Cymbals. These cymbals are not hard and rigid as we are used to see them but they are flexible and malleable and the sound they produce reminds me a lot of the aqua effects of some pedalboards.

The Hammerax Liquicy Cymbals, that has 2 different versions, the 18″ model and the 22″ model, feature a great vibrato, phase shift tones and provides a huge range of sounds depending on the place hit. If you hit the edges you get a fluid-like sound, if you use it like a ride cymbal you’ll get a mellow washing tone and you can even mount it upside down to get more vibrato and phase shift.

This cymbals come with optional removable rivets and can be played with your hands, a drum stick or a mallet with similar results. The Hammerax Liquicy Cymbals are now available and their prices are $295 for the 18″ model and $370 for the 22″ model.

Odbol DrumPants

We’ve seen some strange instruments and gadgets but this is probably the one of the most strange ones, Odbol has introduced a new MIDI device that produce drum sounds. The strange thing about that is that the device is inside a pair of trousers and is called the Odbol DrumPants.

The Drumpants is really easy to play and I’m sure you’ve done it a lot of times, there’s a zone of the pants for each sound, so if you hit above your knees you may play the crash or a tom. Here you have a video on how to use it:

If you’re always playing drum rhythms with your table or in your legs, this is your chance to record all the rhythms you create. There’s a DIY tutorial in the official site on how to make your own custom DrumPants, take it a look.