Digital hi-hat and other goodies

Wednesday, 14 April 2021

It’s been four and a half years since Roland launched the TD-50 module with its redundant USB input.

Well, that USB slot is no longer just...

This pad’s OK(to)

Friday, 26 March 2021

Allan Leibowitz tested an Octapad look-alike to see if it’s also a sound-alike.

Multipads are coming of age, with the range growing rapidly,...

New amps from Simmons

Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Simmons is rolling out three new amps, building on the success of the DA200s and the follow-up DA2012B.

The new flagship DA2112 is a high-powered...

Electronics power women’s show

Wednesday, 17 March 2021

Electronic percussion is playing a key role in a new theatrical presentation which makes its world debut in Melbourne, Australia in April.

Drummer...

Toontrack releases Gospel EZX

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

Toontrack has released its 48th EZX expansion pack, the Gospel EZX.

Recorded by Grammy Award-winning engineer/producer/mixer Danny Duncan...

Buy online, but take care

Thursday, 25 February 2021

The global pandemic has seen e-commerce go through the roof, and the e-drum market has certainly been shaken up as more products become available through...

Low price, big sound

Thursday, 25 February 2021

The Chinese continue to shake up the in-ear market with another budget offering that punches way above its weight.

E-drummers around the world...

An air of dexterity

Monday, 22 February 2021

Air-drumming is the butt of many jokes, but anyone who has tried playing any of the new generation of drumless kits will tell you it’s not as easy as...

E-drums shine at Super Bowl LV

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

While most eyes were on The Weeknd during the Super Bowl LV Halftime Show, drummers would have been struck with a bit of déjà vu from last year’s Brian...

Akai adds plugins

Tuesday, 22 December 2020

With the growing popularity of beat making and finger drumming, Akai has introduced DrumSynth, the new drum plugin instrument that “brings the power...

New samples, presets

Tuesday, 22 December 2020

The holiday season has brought some new sample and preset offerings.

Spring, Echo, Distort

The latest pack is the first full, boutique...

Scientists probe drumming skills

Tuesday, 22 December 2020

Drummers often think of themselves as athletes, and research at an Australian university is examining how skills are developed, according to Dr. Job...

Yamaha returns to e-drums

Thursday, 19 November 2020

Yamaha has added a new e-drum line built around a new module, the DTX6.

Improving on the success of the DTX502 Series, the DTX6 series includes...

Big Sur warning

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

E-drummers using Apple Macs are advised not to update to Big Sur MacOS.

Among those urging customers to hold off from updating is Steven Slate...

E-drum pioneer Peter Hart remembered

Monday, 16 November 2020

digitalDrummer was saddened to learn of the passing of Peter Hart, founder of Hart Dynamics.

Hart died earlier this year in Pensacola, Florida,...

Kallee Bernish-Good How I use e-drums

Monday, 16 November 2020

Kallee Bernish-Good won the Beatmaking category (under 18 years) in the recent Hit Like A Girl contest.

I’ve been producing music since I...

Octapad gets a makeover

Friday, 6 November 2020

Roland’s workhorse SPD-20 has been updated, with the Octapad SPD-20 PRO offering more responsive playability, additional sounds and functions, and an...

Roland adds TD-07

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Roland has upped the ante for entry-level kits with its new TD-07KV kit, released today.

The new kit features mesh pads and a new Bluetooth-enabled...

Roland adds wireless MIDI products

Sunday, 27 September 2020

Roland has released two new add-ons to “bring the convenience of wireless MIDI to modern music creators”.

The WM-1 Wireless MIDI Adaptor and...

Sampling tool for Mac users

Sunday, 27 September 2020

There are currently two modules which can import multi-layer samples – the 2box DrumIt Five (and its Di3 sibling) and the Alesis Strike.

The...

Rubow publishes e-drum book

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

German e-drum innovator Oli Rubow, profiled in digitalDrummer in 2010, has published a book titled Echo Drums, focusing on the use of stomp boxes.

New amp from Alesis

Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Alesis has added a new high-power amp to its range.

The Strike Amp 8 comes with a more compact form factor than the current Strike Amp 12,...

Striking additions

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

One of the selling points of the Alesis Strike module is the ability to load your own samples, with the company even providing a tool to create multi-layer...

Monster kit makes it to TV

Thursday, 27 August 2020

Anthony Nalli shared his e-drums with digitalDrummer in November 2017, but now he’s showing them off to a global television audience. Here’s how it came...

Marking 40 years of the 808

Thursday, 27 August 2020

Roland used “808 Day” (August 8th) to mark the 40th anniversary of its iconic TR-808 drum machine.

The Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer was one...

ATV plans new strategy for US, Australia

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Japanese drum maker ATV Corporation is considering its distribution options in the United States and Australia, after the collapse of its independent...

Tech helps online teaching

Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Drum educator David Stanoch is turning to technology to overcome the challenges surrounding the COVID-19 lock-down.Since 2018, I have taught primarily...

The Iso Files: Ben Todd (Cirque du Soleil)

Monday, 29 June 2020

Where you are in isolation: Currently, I’m in my home town of Adelaide, Australia. Prior to that, I was working with Cirque du Soleil in Los Angeles.

The Iso Files: Joe Clegg (Ellie Goulding)

Monday, 29 June 2020

Where you are in isolation:  I’m in a place called Colne, which is a small town in the county of Lancashire, in the North West of England.

What...

The Iso Files: Tim Powles (The Church)

Monday, 29 June 2020

Where you are in isolation: Inner-west Sydney, Australia – within walking distance to the river, in my own home - and above my own studio.

What...

The Iso Files: Shane Russell (Twelve Foot Ninja)

Monday, 29 June 2020

Where you are in isolation: At home in Berwick, Melbourne, Australia.

What projects you are working on: A couple of mini projects with my...

A tale of three multipads

Monday, 29 June 2020

digitalDrummer  has reported on the Kickstarter campaign by Argentinian e-drum company dbdrums for its first multipad product, the nPad.

The...

KAT’s new module

Monday, 22 June 2020

Alternate Mode has launched a new module to replace the Kurzweil-supplied gigKAT sound engine. The gigKAT is primarily aimed at the company’s tuned percussion...

The Iso Files: Steven Wolf (David Bowie, Alicia Keys, Katy Perry, Beyoncé)

Wednesday, 10 June 2020

digitaldDrummer speaks to Steven Wolf (David Bowie, Alicia Keys, Katy Perry, Beyoncé) about music in isolation.

Where you are in isolation:...

The Iso Files: John Mahon (Elton John Band)

Wednesday, 10 June 2020

digitaldDrummer speaks to John Mahon (Elton John band) about isolation ...

Where you are in isolation: I am in Los Angeles, just north of...

Rack off

Friday, 5 June 2020

William Donohue was drawn to the acoustic-like look of his Alesis Strike Pro kit, but not the rack.

I had always played traditional acoustic...

Whitten adds depth and colour

Thursday, 28 May 2020

Former Paul McCartney and Dire Straits touring drummer Chris Whitten has released a pack of 30 all-new, original kits for Roland’s TM-6 Pro trigger module.

Steinberg offers drum creator

Thursday, 28 May 2020

German audio software company Steinberg has released a new drum-creation tool, Backbone.

The virtual instrument plug-in is compatible with...

RIP Jerry Jman Langenfeld

Monday, 25 May 2020

Jerry ‘Jman’ Langenfeld passed away peacefully in his sleep on May 16.

Jman was known to electronic drummers worldwide both for his online...

Combo bag benefits e-drummers

Friday, 22 May 2020

The days when a drummer could get by with a few sticks and a spare cymbal felt are long gone. In this electronic age, it’s not unusual to have to include...

GEWA G9 hits stores

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

GEWA Drums’ first e-drum offering, the Drum Workstation G9, has arrived in stores in Europe.

The drum kit was first shown at  Musikmesse Frankfurt...

inMusic buys BFD

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

inMusic, the owner of Alesis and other music technology brands including Akai Professional, Alto Professional, Denon, M-Audio and Marantz Professional,...

No e-drums shortage - yet

Friday, 27 March 2020

US e-drum suppliers seem to have avoided the shortages seen in other industries in the wake of China’s slow-down.

A large proportion of e-drum...

Schack’s isolation tips

Friday, 27 March 2020

digitalDrummer Hall of Famer Michael Schack has been self-isolating to avoid COVID-19. Usually an extremely busy gigging drummer, he now finds himself...

New KAT kit

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

KAT Percussion has introduced a new electronic drum kit, the KT-200.

Stepping away from its long-standing design look of grey cymbals, white...

E-drummer vies for honours

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

A 57-year-old e-drummer is among the entrants in the new Drumset 40+ category of the Hit Like a Girl Contest.

Vanessa Smith from Longwood,...

On track for drumlessness

Monday, 16 March 2020

Need to remove the drum track? We try two more software solutions which claim to do just that.

One of the most common uses of e-drums is play-alongs...

Cracking the NFUZD code

Monday, 16 March 2020

There are some good deals around on NFUZD pads after the e-drum range was put on ice a few years back. But how do you connect them to a ‘regular’ module?

Some debut for VAD!

Sunday, 1 March 2020

Roland’s new VAD506 acoustic-style kit got enormous global exposure just a fortnight after its launch, when it formed part of Brian Frasier-Moore’s drum...

Sal D’Amato: How I Use E-drums

Thursday, 27 February 2020

Whether it’s playing live or for recordings, Sal D’Amato finds uses for electronic drums.I have been drumming in the San Francisco Bay Area since arriving...

Roland electrifies Taiko

Friday, 7 February 2020

They did it with the cajon, now Roland has turned to a traditional Japanese percussion instrument, launching the TAIKO-1 Electronic Taiko Percussion,...

Are triggers cheating?

Thursday, 6 February 2020

Drummer and educator Aaron Edgar defends the use of triggers.We all know that person who won’t hesitate to proudly announce that “triggers are cheating”,...

Toontrack releases new EZX expansion

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Toontrack has released the Kicks & Snares EZX, a new expansion for EZdrummer 2 and Superior Drummer 3 featuring a large selection of kicks, snare and...

Big news from Roland’s NAMM preview

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

The world’s biggest e-drum maker has not launched new products at NAMM for some time, but this year, Roland has come out with both barrels blazing at...

New Schack pack

Monday, 23 December 2019

Roland artist, producer and drum DJ Michael Schack has released a sample pack for the Roland TD-17.

The 17 Michael Schack TD-17 Artist Kits...

USB vs MIDI

Friday, 20 December 2019

With modern modules, there’s a temptation to simply use the included USB hub to link to your computer. But Mario DeCiutiis warns that’s not always the...

How VSTs work

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

We see lots of questions about VSTs and it’s clear there’s quite a bit of confusion about this technology.

So, here is a quick guide to VSTs...

Using e-drums live

Monday, 16 December 2019

No matter what kit you’re using, a few basic rules will ensure you sound good live, as Allan Leibowitz reports.

Sound restrictions, quick...

Sticking it to ‘em

Monday, 16 December 2019

Back in 2011, I was trying to get hold of Carbostick, the maker of carbon fibre drumsticks, for the first digitalDrummer round-up of sticks for e-drummers.

Alesis boosts Strike kit

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Alesis has released a new Special Edition version of its Strike Pro kit.

One of the key enhancements is the inclusion of a 20-inch kick drum.

How I use e-drums

Friday, 22 November 2019

Australian percussionist Maarten Stenakur relies on electronics for variety and sound control.

I am a drummer and music producer from Victoria,...

Yamaha EAD10 gets an update

Thursday, 21 November 2019

Yamaha is offering a free firmware update for the EAD10 electronic acoustic drum module, adding new creative functionality and customisable settings...

Strike Multipad gets an update

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

The Alesis Strike MultiPad, reviewed in the November 2019 digitalDrummer, has just received a feature update. 

The v1.2 update is the second...

New Simmons flagship

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Is this what the Simmons SD2000 should have been?

Simmons has just released a new “top-tier performance kit for the advanced drummer”, the...

E-drums show off in Manchester

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Electronic percussion was well represented at the UK Drum Show which ran at the Manchester Centre exhibition complex in late September, as Allan Leibowitz...

Simmons shakes it up

Sunday, 15 September 2019

When I heard that Simmons was launching a 2000 w drum amp, I presumed that we were about to see a new chapter in e-drum amplification. The Guitar Center-owned...

MOre to DO

Friday, 6 September 2019

It’s rare to see the launch of a brand new drum VST these days, so we were keen to get our hands on the MODO DRUM offering from IK Multimedia (best known...

Soundbrenner attracts $1 million

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Soundbrenner has reached $1 million in pre-orders for its second product, Soundbrenner Core, surpassing its Indiegogo goal by over 1,000%.

The...

SPD in the bag

Monday, 26 August 2019

The Roland SPD range is probably the most ubiquitous trigger pad on the market, used by electronic and acoustic drummers alike, and regularly seen at...

So much bang for your buck

Monday, 26 August 2019

There’s been a lot of hype about low-cost Chinese in-ear brand KZ, so digitalDrummer checked out the ZS10-PRO model.

The KZ ZS10-PRO in-ears...

How we use e-drums

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Hailing from Perth, Australia, Feels – comprising Elise Reitze-Swensen and Rosie Taylor – started as a duo in 2016. Blending unique percussion elements...

Simmons adds grunt to amp range

Thursday, 27 June 2019

The battle for e-drum monitor supremacy has just hotted up with Simmons releasing a 2,000 w powerhouse.

Simmons claims all that Class-D bi-amped...

FSR pads get second zone

Friday, 21 June 2019

Alternate Mode’s FSR trigger range has had an update, resulting in more versatility and easier connections.

Alternate Mode (AM) and Aquarian...

Yamaha adds monitor system

Friday, 21 June 2019

Yamaha has launched the MS45DR electronic drum monitor system, consisting of two compact satellite speakers and a subwoofer.

Touted for home...

New showroom pushes the boundaries

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

German e-drum supplier drum-tec has raised the stakes with its upgraded facility outside Hannover in Germany, believed to be the biggest dedicated e-drum...

More TD-17 options

Monday, 3 June 2019

What is it about the TD-17 that has brought out a bunch of custom sound offerings?

The latest customer producer of TD-17 kits is edrumkits.com,...

Top female talent recognised

Monday, 3 June 2019

Raylinne Garcia from the USA and Aletta Dina from the UK have been named winners in the Technology category of the 2019 Hit Like A Girl drumming contest...

Jonathan Barber: How I use e-drums

Saturday, 4 May 2019

New York City-based Jonathan Barber, voted up-and-coming drummer of 2018, uses electronics to open doors musically.

Right now, I am starting...

Book highlights e-drum capabilities

Saturday, 4 May 2019

In this day of Facebook groups, YouTube videos and free online magazines, it is surprising to see a new hard copy book about electronic percussion, but...

Simmons amps get Bluetooth

Monday, 25 March 2019

Simmons has updated its DA50 and DA200S drum combo amplifiers with the addition of Bluetooth connectivity.

The new DA50B and DA200SB allow...

Another mallet offering

Friday, 22 March 2019

Digital mallet instruments used to be a rarity, but as Norman Weinberg reports, there is now another option.

I’VE BEEN AT this for a pretty...

A true multi-pad

Friday, 22 March 2019

Is it a drum pad, a keyboard or a video controller? As Allan Leibowitz reports, the Sensel Morph is all of those – and more.

INCREASINGLY,...

Andy Selway: How I Use E-drums

Monday, 25 February 2019

I’ve been a member of electronic/metal/industrial band KMFDM for about 16 years. Strangely enough, for such a heavily electronic-influenced band, I have...

Giving the TD-17 added appeal

Monday, 25 February 2019

The options for after-market sound enhancements have increased with drum-tec selling stand-alone sound packs for Roland modules. digitalDrummer checked...

Add Bluetooth to your module

Thursday, 7 February 2019

When Roland launched its TD-17 module, one ofthe notable innovations was the inclusion of Bluetooth. This means you can play backing tracks wirelessly...

ATV launches new EXS line

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

ATV has launched a new entry-level drum range, powered by a new module, the xD3.

Based on the aD5, the xD3 sound module features real samples,...

Muzzio makes NAMM debut

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

With around 2,000 exhibitors and 2 million square feet of exhibition area, digitalDrummer can be excused for missing a new entrant at this year’s NAMM...

New meets old

Thursday, 20 December 2018

The growth of hybrid drumming (the parallel use of electronic and acoustic elements) means that acoustic drummers continue to search for quick, cheap...

More cowbell

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

According to popular drumming thinking, you can never have enough cowbell. To help achieve that, Ryan Cheney shares his e-cowbell build.

Converting...

Slate’s evolution

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

It’s been five years since the release of Steven Slate Drums 4 – and in that time, we have seen huge leaps forward among its competitors. So there has...

New Alesis multi-pad launched

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

It looks like the venerable SPD-X/Octapad lines finally have real competition (besides the ageing Yamaha DTX M12), with the Alesis Strike MultiPad electronic...

A heads-up for set lists

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Gigging drummers have a lot on their plate – set lists, song notes or even sheet music. And unlike other musicians who can hide notes at their feet on...

Ravish Momin: How I use E-drums

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Ravish Momin is an Indian-born drummer, percussionist, electronic music producer and educator who has worked with musicians ranging from Shakira to Maurice...

SSD5 released

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Steven Slate Drums has released SSD5, featuring a dozen new kits as well as enhanced versions of the kits from the previous SSD4 packs.

The...

Aerodrums adds 3D app

Friday, 5 October 2018

Virtual drumming programme Aerodrums has launched a virtual reality add-on to its unique air drumming percussion instrument. The 3D/VR feature is a free...

Simmons adds mini-monitor

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Simmons has introduced the new DA25 Electronic Drum Amplifier. This portable 25 watt amp joins the DA50 and DA200S in Simmons' line of electronic drum...

Roland boosts TD-1

Friday, 14 September 2018

Roland will add a new entry-level kit, the TD-1DMK.

Where the current TD-1 kit is a compact kit with rubber pads, the TD-1DMK is built around...

Trigger happy

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Hybrid is more than hype, and Allan Leibowitz compares some easy to use, affordable options.

Stand-alone triggers, already loaded with samples,...

ddt hits the spot

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

A recent offering from Germany’s ddt ups the ante in the e-snare stakes and Allan Leibowitz tried it out with some current modules.The snare is probably...

Tool almost removes drums

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Drumless tracks are much sought-after by all drummers, especially e-drummers who are able to drum along to them and create that perfect mix in the module....

How I Use E-drums

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Ryan Halsey uses electronics to recreate recorded sounds in live performances.I started drumming at the age of 14 and spent most of the early years of...

Porter & Davies launches ‘budget’ shaker

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Porter & Davies has launched a new version of its tactile monitoring system. The BC-X is a scaled-back version of their highly sought-after BC2 and BC...

August 2018 Edition contents list

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

6 E-drum Vikings 

Allan Leibowitz visited Stockholm to catch up with some e-drum innovators.

10 A few surprises at NAMM

Yamaha updates entry-level kits

Friday, 29 June 2018

Yamaha has revealed its new DTX402 series electronic drum kits – an update from the DTX400 series.

Both kits are powered by the new DTX402...

Alesis updates Nitro

Friday, 29 June 2018

Alesis has used the Summer NAMM show to launch a new Nitro Mesh kit. The Nitro is an eight-piece kit (five drums, three cymbals) with mesh heads on all...

Pearl adds KMI products

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Pearl Corporation is strengthening relations with Keith McMillen Instruments (KMI), developer of the malletSTATION launched earlier this year.

Just add triggers

Monday, 21 May 2018

E-drummers tend to look at everything out there as a potential trigger device, and a couple of readers approached me a while back saying they had discovered...

PMC takes to the road

Monday, 21 May 2018

The Percussion Marketing Council (PMC) will take drumming promotion to the streets again this US summer, calling on retailers to get behind the Vans...

Roland adds TD-17 series

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Roland has launched the TD-17 series, a mid-range offering boasting a new module, snare pad, kick trigger and hi-hat set-up.

There are three...

Pearl/Korg line announced

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Pearl will debut a new electronic drum collaboration with Korg at the Summer NAMM Show in June.

The e/MERGE line is an all-new offering, built...

Review: BFD Crush expansion pack

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

American drum maker Crush has no modesty when it comes to describing its mid-range Sublime AXM Series as “truly a work of playable art”.

The...

Ben Ellingworth: How I use e-drums

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Australian award-winning drummer Ben Ellingworth adds colour with electronics.

I have just wrapped up a tour around Australia with UK legends...

E-drums reach kids in need

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

digitalDrummer has previously reported on the use of e-drums to combat bullying, but in Mexico, the instruments are helping a broad range of vulnerable...

Adapter optimises CYs for 2box

Thursday, 1 March 2018

A new adapter allows Roland cymbals to be used with a 2box module, and digitalDrummer put it to the test.

Last year, Zourman Drums solved...

Taking MIDI to the next level

Thursday, 1 March 2018

A new generation of instruments is changing the nature of MIDI and opening the doors to more expressiveness.

Three years ago, a group of music...

Powering the box

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

In recent years, the cajon has been transformed from an acoustic box to an electronic instrument. So how can you bring your cajon into the electronic...

BFD adds Crush pack

Friday, 23 February 2018

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...

Roland adds monitors

Friday, 12 January 2018

Roland has introduced the PM-100 and PM-200 Personal Monitors, two new amplification systems designed for use with V-Drums electronic percussion products....

Mixing with the best

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Monitoring e-drums is sometimes a challenge, particularly when you’re performing live. Roger Whitsett shares his tried and tested solution.

Analogue solutions to e-challenges

Friday, 22 December 2017

Electronic drummers tend to look for hi-tech solutions where sometimes a simple mechanical device is the best answer. This month, Allan Leibowitz looks...

2box starts production

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Sweden’s 2box has announced the start of production of the long-awaited DrumIt Three module.

The e-drum maker used its Facebook page to announce...

Meshing about

Sunday, 26 November 2017

digitalDrummer has probably tested more meshheads than anyone else and Allan Leibowitz takes a moment to reflect on what he’s learned in the process.

It looks like a drum, but …

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Born out of a Kickstarter, the BopPad is now a reality. Allan Leibowitz checked it out.

I first saw the BopPad at NAMM a couple of years ago....

Yamaha launches hybrid solution

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Yamaha has launched the EAD10 acoustic/electronic drum module which transforms acoustic drum kits into a powerful digital/electronic hybrid with sampled...

Tyler Zarzeka: How I Use E-drums

Monday, 13 November 2017

Touring with Noah Cyrus, Tyler Zarzeka uses electronics to blend recorded sounds with his acoustic drums.

I've spent the last 10 years learning...

SPD-SX gets a makeover 1

Friday, 3 November 2017

Roland has released an enhanced version of the popular SPD-SX Sampling Pad. The SPD-SX Special Edition offers all the functionality of the standard SPD-SX...

10 things to love about SD3

Monday, 25 September 2017

This month’s release of Superior Drummer 3 may be a bit overdue, but was certainly worth the wait. Here are some of the features which make this VST...

What do you look for in e-drums?

Monday, 25 September 2017

digitalDrummer and Gibraltar hardware recently conducted a survey into the use of e-drums and here are some of the key findings:

Volume control...

E-drummers feature in photo book

Monday, 25 September 2017

E-drummers are among the musicians featured in From The Riser: A Drummer’s Perspective II, a coffee-table book by photographer and drummer David Phillips.

Wireless triggers reach funding goal

Monday, 21 August 2017

A new wireless, app-based trigger system has reached its Kickstarter goal in just 25 hours.

Specdrums are app-connected rings that detect...

Superior Drummer 3 is coming

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Toontrack has announced that Superior Drummer 3 will be released worldwide on September 12, 2017.

Building on the legacy of its predecessor,...

Mackie Thumps get makeover

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Mackie’s Thump Series Powered Loudspeakers, commonly used by e-drummers, have undergone an upgrade and range extension.

The new 13000W Thump...

How I Use E-drums (Jeremy Furstenfeld )

Friday, 11 August 2017

Blue October drummer Jeremy Furstenfeld uses electronic percussion to expand his playing palette.

I have been the drummer for the multi-platinum...

FXpansion adds BFD pack

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

FXpansion has released a new expansion pack for BFD3, BFD Vintage Recording Techniques.

The sample pack uses a variety of vintage microphone...

2box is a survivor

Monday, 7 August 2017

When the 2box kit was launched, some questioned its build quality and the ruggedness of the system. So, five years after purchasing a kit, Jan van Vugt...

The ‘original’ Simmons returns

Friday, 7 July 2017

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...

mimic Pro shipping begins

Monday, 19 June 2017

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

A company statement says due to...

Feel the beat – literally

Monday, 12 June 2017

While many modules have built-in metronomes, these aren’t always easy to use. Nor is a click track necessarily the best approach for all drummers.

Roland rocks the boats

Saturday, 10 June 2017

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

Roland will provide Carnival’s...

Debuts down under

Friday, 9 June 2017

The debut Sydney Drum and Percussion Show, supported by digitalDrummer, was well-timed for product debuts, offering Roland its first opportunity to show...

Alesis updates DM10 kit

Friday, 9 June 2017

Six years after its launch, Alesis has again updated its DM10 line, with a new DM10 MKII Pro Kit.

Alesis is dubbing the kit “a premium 10-piece...

Akai adds MPC expansion pack

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Akai has released a new MPC Expansion pack from legendary producer Tim Kelley.

Tim Kelley Presents Vol. 1 contains over 1.9 GB of radio-ready...

Roland adds percussion pads

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Roland has released a new product line for the hybrid market. The SPD::ONE series consists of four single-zone percussion pads that can be played with...

How I use e-drums

Monday, 29 May 2017

Tom Wheeler is a Bristol, UK-based drummer/producer currently working with Dr Meaker, Paragon and Laurent John. He explains how e-drums have helped unleash...

Alesis Strike starts shipping

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Alesis has started filling back-orders and placing kits in retail stores as it ramps up manufacture of its Strike Pro electronic drum kit, as Allan Leibowitz...

Not drumless, but still useful

Saturday, 13 May 2017

The quest for drumless tracks led digitalDrummer to a software solution with lots of promise.

SOMETIMES, YOU SET out to find something and...

Use your USB

Friday, 12 May 2017

It wasn’t easy to get early modules to communicate with computers, but as Henry Yates explains, USB has changed all of that.

Let’s face it:...