Drum Workshop has revealed its new electronic drum product – a wireless acoustic/electronic convertible drum set.
Under development for several years, the company says DWe is designed to blur the lines between acoustic and electronic drums and deliver a natural playing experience.
Launching in 2023 and manufactured in DW’s California custom shop, DWe will represent true acoustic to electronic convertibility with wireless connectivity, three-zone metal cymbals and a premium sample library.
“DWe will deliver the most authentic playing experience in the market for drummers whether played acoustically or electronically,” says John Good, senior executive vice president and co-founder of Drum Workshop. “Our focus has always been helping drummers elevate their craft by delivering new innovation, and DWe is no exception.”
DW co-founder Don Lombardi explains: “Including technology in the drummers’ toolkit will enable them to introduce new creative ways to express themselves. DWe solves the issue of having to choose between electronic or acoustic drums and gives drummers the ability to add new sounds to their set-up.”
DWe was originally flagged at Musikmesse in 2018 as a collaboration between DW and GEWA. At the time, DW was planning to provide trigger shells, hardware and rack systems to combine with GEWA’s G9 Drum Workstation, electronic pads and cymbals.
This new direction is what Lombardi quips is a “no-brainer” – a reference to the fact that the DWe kit has no module, but rather a trigger box that connects to a computer.
The company has also started recording multi-mic samples to accompany the DWe kits.
The product is expected to go on sale next year.
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