The global e-drumming e-zine


Inside the latest issue

New Yorker Omar Hakim has accompanied some of the biggest names in music, from Carly Simon to David Bowie. And wherever he goes, he uses technology to enhance and expand his playing options. Hakim has used almost every e-drum offering since starting out and has some firm favourites.

He shared his e-drum experiences in an in-depth interview which you can find here.

aDrums artist kit review

The optical hi-hat is the stand-out instrument. Paired with all of the test modules, it outperformed anything else on the market by a country mile. It is, without doubt, the closest I have come to an acoustic hi-hat, with ultrarealistic transitions from open to closed and perfect chicks and pedal sounds.

See the full review here.

BDF adds Crush expansion

Fxpansion has released a Crush expansion pack for BFD3, BFD2 and BFD Eco that captures a an AXM drum kit. Tuned and processed to sound “loud and proud out of the box”, this kit is perfect for all progressive and technical rock and metal genres. It comes with a full complement of Meinl Byzance cymbals, which also includes a range of stacked cymbals.

The kick drum was recorded in three variations: dampened, fully open and without the resonant head, and was captured using the infamous Audix D6, Sennheiser E602, and the AKG D112.