August 1, 2014
Debuting in the Spring of 2013, the Nord Drum 2 added some interesting improvements to the already popular Nord Drum Electronic Drum Module. A little over a year after its release and a lot of people are still singing its praises. We can barely hold on to them when they come in because so many people love this little Modeling Percussion Synthesizer.
The inspiration for the Nord Drum 2 was a box that could mimic some of the drum machines of the past into a single unit. There was also a motivation to get away from samples and explore the sounds of synthesized drums. Other products that have hit the market in the past 2 years signal a growing interest in synthesized drums over samples. The Nord Drum 2 eliminates the tiring task of endless sample hunting and replaces it with intuitive control to create unique and inspiring drum sounds. It’s …
July 22, 2013
A true drum machine is nothing what we consider to be a drum machine when we shop at our local stores. There are two main ideas of what a drum machine is, and neither of these are actually that correct. There is a drum machine that acts as the brain of a drumset – so instead of striking percussive instruments, we can strike pads that emulation the reaction of drums. The sound module lets us change these sounds to suit our needs. The other type of drum machine we think of are devices like the Maschine, which do not actually produce sounds at all. Instead, they store samples which are played when recalled.
Now, if we want to a machine that actually creates drum beats from scratch – you’ll need a synthesizer drum machine, complete with a large amount of knobs and jacks without any labeling to clue us in. …
November 25, 2011
If you’re a drummer, you know how hard it is to be able to practice or jam on your kit without making the whole neighborhood file a petition to stop the noise. You need a way to hear and feel the power of a drum kit while remaining quiet. The best way to do that is with an electronic drum kit. Now while these kits do provide an alternative to noisy acoustic drums, they also have incredible features that allow for more than just a muted practice/jam experience. They have built in sounds, training tools, and connectivity to your personal computer so you can download more sounds or start recording. There are a plethora of kits out there so we decided to help you pick the best one for your Little Drummer Boy (or Girl) this holiday season.
STARTER KIT: Alesis DM6
Maybe the person you are giving the gift of …