Category Archives: Percussion

Yamaha DTX-Multi 12 electronic percussion pad

downloadYamaha has introduced one of its latest products – the DTX-Multi 12 electronic percussion pad.

It is a new electronic percussion pad that offers 12 on-board pads and a built-in sound module. The unit is designed to easily integrate into an existing acoustic set up or act as a stand alone unit. The DTX-Multi 12 boasts over 1200 voices, covering drums, percussion and keyboard sounds, many drawn from Yamaha‘s Motif synthesizer range and many completely new.

Up to 200 custom set ups can be created and stored using all internal sounds and 42 types of effects. Alternatively additional sounds can be loaded and stored into the onboard 64MB of memory and allocated to any pad for total customization. The unit is designed to easily integrate into an existing acoustic set up or act as a stand alone unit. DTX- Multi 12 comes with Cubase AI 5 software.

Up to four voices can be assigned to a single pad for simultaneous or sequential playback and a wide range of dynamic options are made available. Versatility is enhanced with 128 on-board phrase patterns covering a wide variety of styles and users can also record their own patterns and assign them to pads. A click track function also allows players to control the unit instantly, ideal for live shows.

Hi-Hat controllers and kick pedal pads can be added if you wish to use the DTX-Multi 12 as a compact stand alone electronic drum kit.

The product will be available in December 2009 for £685 Inc VAT.

More details about the product: Yamaha

FXpansion BFD Signature Snares Vol.1 Expansion Pack

view_image.phpFXpansion presented the latest addition to the BFD2 Expansion Pack range – a collection of Yamaha artist signature snares for your BFD2 library. With the usual high levels of detail, multiple channels and multiple articulations, BFD Signature Snares Vol.1 is ready for you to sequence and mix using BFD 2.1’s powerful software interface.

The snares are captured in the same room as the previous Yamaha expansion kits and the Jazz & Funk, Percussion and B.O.M.B expansion packs, in Omega Studios, Rockville, MD, USA. The tight, precise and very playable sound makes them sound great when combined with any kit-pieces in the BFD library.

BFD v2.1’s support for custom articulations allows these snares to offer ‘rim clicks’ in addition to the standard snare articulations, as well as positional sensing when used with electronic drums.

Feature Highlights Include:
* Five signature Snares
1. Roy Haynes Signature Snare Drums (14″ x 5.5″)
2. Bamboo Snare Drum (14″ x 6.5″)
3. FHP (fibreglass) Snare Drum (14″ x 6″)
4. Dave Weckl Signature Model (14″ x 5″)
5. Mike Bordin Signature Model (14″ x 6.5″)
* Multiple articulations including rim clicks
* Played with various beaters (sticks, brushes, mallets & rods)

BFD Signature Snares Vol.1 is the latest in a growing family of low-cost, high-quality downloadable expansions for BFD2. The range already includes the Yamaha-based Oak Custom and Maple Custom Absolute kits, the strange and wonderful 8 Bit Kit, Sonica's authentic Japanese Taiko Percussion, as well as the BFD Decatom and BFD JEX kits.

BFD Signature Snares Vol.1 is a download only product and is available now from the FXpansion web shop! BFD Signature Snares Vol.1 is GBP £35, Euro $49, USD $70 for all registered BFD2 owners.

Source: Gearjunkies

Roland TD-4KX V-Drums Kit

td-4kx_topRoland introduces the V-Drums® V-Compact® Series TD-4KX – the companion kit to the popular TD-4S, and Roland‘s most affordable all mesh head V-Drums kit to date.

The versatile TD-4KX features Roland‘s patented multi-layer mesh heads for the snare and toms, providing the incredibly dynamic feel for which Roland V-Drums are famous. With new 6.5″ PDX-6 mesh pads for the high-toms and 8″ PDX-8 mesh pads for the snare and floor tom, the TD-4KX provides a natural feel and expressiveness for performance or practice. It is also expandable with an optional V-Pad or V-Cymbal Ride/Crash.

The TD-4KX includes the TD-4 Percussion Sound Module, which features quality drum and percussion sounds that can be easily edited for tuning and muffling, allowing the user to quickly customize their kits. New ambience effects that are optimized for drums have been added for a more expressive performance. The Coach and Quick Record functions are ideal for effective practice, providing feedback for improvement. The MDS-4 drum stand allows flexible and solid positioning of the pads and places the TD-4 module in the center for easy access.

TD-4KX Kit Configuration:

TD-4 Percussion Sound Module x 1
PDX-8 V-Pad (Snare, Tom 3) x 2
PDX-6 V-Pad (Tom 1, Tom2) x 2
CY-8 Dual-Trigger Cymbal Pad x 2
CY-5 Dual-Trigger Cymbal Pad x 1
KD-8 Kick Trigger Pad x 1
FD-8 Hi-Hat Control Pedal x 1
MDS-4 Drum Stand (Option) x 1

The TD-4KX is scheduled to be available in September 2009.

In terms of pricing, various retailers label the TD-4KX at a list price of 1,839.00 USD and a sale price of 1,599.00 USD.

For more information about the product: Roland

Yamaha Limited Edition 40th Anniversary Washi Drumset

Yamaha Limited Edition 40th Anniversary Washi DrumsetMy goodness, I am in awe at the beauty of this drumset. The Yamaha Limited Edition 40th Anniversary Washi Drumset(WASHI2F60) is quite possibly the most beautiful set of drums I have ever seen. Comprised of 100% Hokkaido birch shells, ancient Japanese tapestry finish, sixty degree bearing edges, high tension lugs, and vintage wood hoops, the Yamaha Limited Edition 40th Annivesary Washi Drumset is sure to please even the most die-hard drum collectors out there.

Yamaha’s Hokkaido birch, said to have a deep and rich fundamental, comes from the woods of northern Japan. The beautiful birch provides a low-end punch, and what Yamaha describes as a “naturally EQ’d” sound perfect for recording. The awe inspiring tapestry finish is of the Genpai war. The image is laser printed on Washi paper and carefully hand-laid on the shells, hand sprayed with a clear lacquer and hand-buffed ending in a brilliant shine. A different battle scene from the Genpai war is beautifully depicted on each individual drum. The sixty degree bearing edges are given a rounded profile allowing the head to make more surface contact with the shell. This is said to further enhance the deep, warm tones and punchy attack of the Hokkaido birch. Vintage wood hoops, made of 19 ply maple, provide a traditional look to the drums while enhancing the beauty of the tapestry finish. To complete the Yamaha Limited Edition 40th Anniversary Washi Drumset, Yamaha utilizes their classic high-tension lugs from the respected Recording Custom Series line of drumsets.

I have no idea how much these bad boys cost, and I’m not sure I want to know. Though these drums are built to rock, I would have a hard time playing them. The Yamaha Limited Edition 40th Anniversary Washi Drumset is most deserving a jewel encrusted showcase window as far as I’m concerned. Beautiful drums, just beautiful.

Gretsch Drums G-4000 Metal Series Snare Drums

High-end drum makers Gretsch Drums have announced new for 2007 the G-4000 Metal Series snare drums. Building on the former 4160 Metal Series snares, the G-4000 snares offer a larger size spectrum, and a spun brass shell. Other features include Ligtning throw-off, top and bottom die-cast hoops, center knurl pattern ‘Snap-In’ key holder, classic Gretsch ‘Drop G’ octagon badge, Permaone coated top/clear bottom heads and 42-Strand snare wire (24 wires on 13″ drums).

The Gretsch G-4000 Metal Series snare drums come in many shell options including Chrome over Brass, Solid Aluminum, Solid Steel, Hammered Chrome over Brass, Hammered Copper and Spun Brass. A 6DBL, 8DBL or 10DBL lug configuration and finishes like Polished Chrome, Antique Copper, Black Chrome, and Polished Brass insure that the Gretsch G-4000 Metal Series snare drums are top notch in the world of snare drums. No word on price, but these don’t strike me as being very budget conscious snare drums.

DW Collector’s Series Graphics Drums

Our good friends and top of the line custom drum manufacturers Drum Workshop have started kicking out some badass paint jobs on their pro kits. The DW Collector’s Series Graphics Drums come in an array of colors and themes including Blackjack, Skulls with Sawblade Tribal Band, Joker, Rally Stripe (pictured), Billiards, Flames, Hot Rod Flames, Tribal Band, Tribal Flames over Kurillian Birch Exotic, and Solar Flare.

Collector's Series® Graphics finishes are hand air-brushed by DW's lacquer artisans utilizing the same durable high-gloss lacquer paint and finishing techniques that have made Collector's Series® Lacquer finishes the most sought after in the world.

No clue at all on how much these beauties cost, but I am guessing, like everything else from DW, the Collector’s Series Graphics Drums will probably make a nice dent in your bank account.

Audix DP-7 Drum Mic Pack


The folks at Audix are known for producing some of the best professional instrument microphones on the market. The new Audix DP-7 Drum Mic Pack is no exception. Building on the already popular Audix DP-Series, the DP-7 Mic Pack is the perfect solution for miking a 5 piece drum kit for both live and studio applications.

Included in this mic pack is the popular D6 dynamic kick drum mic, the i-5 for the snare drum, two D2 mics for rack toms, a D4 for the floor tom, and two ADX51 condenser mics with pad and roll-off for overhead. Also included are four D-Vice rim mounting clips allowing folks to rid their area of clutter resulting from multiple mic stands. This entire Audix DP-7 Mic Pack comes packaged in a convenient aluminum carrying case.

Audix National Sales Manager, Gene Houck, states “Audix has really pushed the frontiers when it comes to drum and instrument microphones. With the introduction of the i5 last year, and the newly improved ADX51 condenser microphones, we have raised the bar even further. It has allowed us to reconfigure out drum mic packages so that they provide further value to our customers.”

A complete range of accessories including right angle XLR-XLR mic cables, D-Flex mounting clips, D-Clamp lug mount clips, and STAND-KD pedestal stands are available for the entire DP-Series line of Audix instrument mics. The Audix DP-7 Drum Mic Pack retails for $1,747 and is available at some retailers for pre-order.

Sabian HHX X-Celerator Hats


Sabian’s latest edition to their award winning line of HHX cymbals is the HHX X-Celerator Hats. The Sabian Vault Team designed hats provide the same hot and dark simmering tones as the rest of the HHX Series, but add increased speed and crisp clarity through the use of a heavy bottom and it’s countoured “Air Wave” design. These newly designed countours expel air when the cymbals come together which eliminates any sound-muting airlock, creating a combo of tone and projection.

Like all SABIAN HHX cymbals, HHX X-Celerator Hats are hand crafted from SABIAN’s secret process B20 bronze, a combination of 80% copper with silver and 20% tin. The cymbals are ‘Sonically Matched’ as pairs, and they are quality-protected by the SABIAN Two-Year Warranty.

These Sabian HHX X-Celerator Hats are available in 13″, 14″ and 15″ flavors. The 14″ hats go for around $400 from online retailers such as

Gretsch Catalina Club MOD Series Drums


Gretsch Drums has some great new offerings for 2007. Among them is the Gretsch Drums Catalina Club MOD Serieswhich is offered with a beautiful Silver Stripe Finish. They`ve added a sparkle Silver Stripe over black (SB) sparkle finish to the mix.

The Gretsch Catalina Club MOD Series is touted as being designed for modern drummers that desire drums distinctive in both tonal and visual aspects. These bad boys boast all Mahogony shells that produce thundering sound from a deep 20″ x 22″ bass drum, a mounted 8″ x 12″ tom, and a 6 1/2″ x 14″ snare.

The Gretsch Catalina Club MOD Seriesis available in your choice of Alien Blue, Black Stripe or the new Silver Stripe (pictured) finishes. Other features include all black hardware on lugs, hoops, tom mounts and bass drum spurs. A GTS suspension System and Evans G1 coated heads. These puppies list for $920 but can be found online for around $600.

Pearl PTC1175 Travel Conga


For those of you big into world percussion, let me show you this puppy. New from Pearl’s percussion department is the PTC1175 Travel Conga. Measuring just 11.75″ x 3.5″, the PTC1175 Travel Conga provides true conga sound in a form factor smaller than most snares. Compared to full sized Pearl congas, the all wood and stave construction is identical. It boasts a Remo FiberSkyn 3 synthetic head, which continues to provide great sound regardless of changes in temperature and humidity.

Included with the Pearl PTC1175 Travel Conga is a compact travel bag and a foam-handle Allen wrench which allows for flawless tuning of the drum via it’s five Allen bolts. The PTC1175 Travel Conga is perfect for professional gigs as well as those impromptu performances around the campfire. The Pearl PTC1175 Travel Conga lists for $265 and is available now for pre-order.