Roland rocks the boats

Roland Corporation U.S. will be supporting Carnival Cruise Line’sonboard entertainment across its 25-ship fleet. 

Roland will provide Carnival’s bands and technical teams withmusical equipment, training and technical support.

Carnival takes its onboard entertainment seriously and recentlyopened Carnival Studios, a state-of-the-art rehearsal space in Davie, Florida,where it will rehearse and develop new entertainment offerings. 

Original' Simmons returns

The battle for control of the Simmons name is over, with Dave Simmons, founder of the original Simmons drum brand, now working with Guitar Center, the giant US retailer which had claimed the name after the original registration lapsed.

The partnership promises to restore the Simmons legacy and move away from the lower-end offerings which Guitar Center had been offering. It also marks the end of Guitar Center’s rebranding of Medeli drum kits, with Dave Simmons telling digitalDrummer that the new collaboration was based on Guitar Center “dumping that idea and starting from the ground up”.

The first offering of the ‘new’ Simmons is the SD2000 kit and Simmons says “everything on this kit is new: the hardware is new, the industrial design is new, the voicing is new and the manufacturing is new”.

 ull details of the kit will be included in the August digitalDrummer, but in the meanwhile, you can hear digitalDrummer’s exclusive interview with Dave Simmons here.

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mimic Pro shipping starts

Pearl's new mimic Pro drum module has begun shipping, with units dispatched to retailers in North America.

A company statement says due to overwhelming interest, the first shipment of mimic Pro is completely sold out. It is understood that all preorders placed with dealers on or before June 1st should receive a unit from the first shipment.

The next shipment is scheduled for the third week of July.

The module is listed at most retailers for $2,199 and, with the strength of orders, discounting seems unlikely at the moment.




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