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E-drums in focus in Sydney

A special panel discussion at next month’s Sydney Drum and Percussion Show will look at the growing use of electronic percussion in recording and performance.

Moderated by digitalDrummer editor Allan Leibowitz, the panel will include Michael Schack and a host of local Australian professional drummers.

The first Sydney Drum Show will be held on May 27 & 28 at Rosehill Gardens Grand Pavillion. Besides Schack, the show will feature performances from international drummers Thomas Lang and Virgil Donati as well as local musicians including Lucius Borich and Stan Bicknell.

RIP: Ikutaro Kakehashi

Ikutaro Kakehashi, founder of Roland and ATV Corporation, has died at the age of 87.

According to his online biography, Kakehashi began his career in 1950s, repairing electronic organs and created new prototype organs while concurrently running an electrical appliance shop. At 28, he decided to devote himself to music and pursuit of the ideal electronic musical instrument.

Ikutaro Kakehashi is best known for founding Roland Corporation. His first foray into electronic drums was the R1 Rhythm Ace, exhibited at Summer NAMM 1964 but never commercialised.

Kakehashi is also known as the Godfather of MIDI.

Among the first to react to the sad news was digitalDrummer Hall of Famer, Michael Schack, who posted on Facebook: “I just received the sad news of the passing of 'Mr. K', Ikutaro Kakehashi , the iconic inventor of the electronic rhythm machine, co-developer of MIDI and founder of Roland Corporation and ATV.

“I've been lucky to perform in his presence over the years, but him specially flying over from Japan to the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels in April 2007 to celebrate the very first V-Drums Contest final in the world, organised by #RolandCentralEurope, was probably the most memorable moment. He always spoke with huge respect for the young and older talents who continue to be creative and he had quite a sense of humor as well.”

ATV opens Sound Store

ATV Corporation has opened its ATV SOUND STORE web service, offering

additional instrument downloads for its aD5 module.

ATV SOUND STORE will offer an increasing collection of diverse and distinctive drum and percussion sound instruments to augment the five kits in the module.

Initially, the service will make available 37 drum, cymbal, and percussion

Instruments, sold on an a la carte basis, and priced between


To mark the launch of the ATV SOUND STORE, 21 drum and percussion instruments are available free-of-charge to existing aD5 users.

Toontrack adds 70s Rock

Toontrack has released a new The Seventies Rock EZX pack, reviving the sounds of

bands like Led Zeppelin, The Who the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac

The Seventies Rock EZX sets out to capture a broad musical scope – from the farthest end of epic, earth-shattering and reverberant down to classic, dampened and low-key.

The recording sessions were held at the Columbia Studio A in Nashville, one of the world’s most famed recording studios and features three fundamentally different kits: a bombastic-sounding, one-of-a-kind replica of Buddy Rich’s ’70s-era Slingerland as well as two different renditions of a mid-‘70s Camco – one with standard drum heads and one with towelled.

XLN Audio launches Trigger

XLN Audio has announced the launch of the Addictive Trigger, which it claims is the world’s first intelligent drum replacer.

Features include Audio Fingerprint that accurately identifies drum hits and SuperStart that automatically provides suitable detection settings.

The new Addictive Trigger + Drum Vault bundle comes with a selection of kit pieces from AD’s vast library.

Additionally, you can also load your favourite kit pieces and presets from Addictive Drums 2 into Addictive Trigger.

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