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Matt

Matt
April 2, 2013

Roland SPD-SX Sampling Pad Review

Its been close to a decade since we last saw a sampling pad from Roland with the SPD-S. The latest version in this sampling pad line, the Roland SPD-SX, is the combination of features from Roland’s own engineers as well as those requested by the public in terms of what they wanted to see on a sampling pad. Sampling pads are nothing new in the world of digital based percussion but with new crops of rock bands and electronic music makers using them in live scenarios, more and more drummers are starting to utilize the expansive technology within pad triggered sampling devices. For drummers looking to expand their pallet, this is a great tool which you can completely customize so you can leave the laptop at home.

So maybe you’re a DJ looking to add more dynamics to your live set, or maybe you’re a drummer who wants to …

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Matt

Matt
March 26, 2013

Roland TD-4KP Portable V-Drums Review

When you ask drummers, “Which brand has the best electronic drum kit?”, the typical answer is Roland. However Roland V-Drums are rather expensive even if you are getting what you are paying for in terms of build quality, performance, and overall fidelity. Roland has delivered a kit that is not only affordable, but also makes portability a staple feature on the new Roland TD-4KP V-Drums Portable electronic drum kit. Following in the footsteps of previous models within the TD-4K line, the TD-4KP retails for under $1000 with all the quality you can expect from a Roland V-Drum kit. Included in the kit are the TD-4 drum module, eight pads total (kick, snare, toms x3, hi-hat, crash and ride cymbals), the FD-8 Hi-Hat Controller, and drum rack for mounting your drum and cymbal pads. Not included are a drum throne and kick pedal but you can purchase the Roland DAP-3X V-Drums Accessory Package which …

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Matt

Matt
January 23, 2012

Nord Drum – Analog Drum Synthesizer – NAMM 2012

Nord’s booth at NAMM was, naturally, a very red affair. The new kid in town was standing front and center; this was probably a good move for a device that is dwarfed by its older siblings. The Nord drum is a brain sized, mono affair, that Jim from American Music and Sound kept touting as “made for the guy that doesn’t wanna get too involved with the programming stuff.” The unit is built with the usual Nord architecture: sampled based with a range of editable synthesis controls.

I feel like the way it was being introduced was a hit and a miss. Jim’s playing is a pleasure to watch and I was definitely able to see that this was a unit that, like all of Nord’s gear, is meant to do beautiful things in the hands of a competent player. This one definitely is focused on a drummer integrating analog …

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DJ Scott Mad Flip

DJ Scott Mad Flip
July 29, 2011

Vestax PAD-One In Action

 

 

We first saw the Vestax PAD-One at the Winter NAMM show in Anaheim earlier this year.  We marveled at it’s sturdy construction, compact size, x-y touch pad, and most of all it’s 12 dual led lit highly responsive drum pads.  We couldn’t wait to try it out ourselves here in our studio.  It finally arrived and we were eager to get our drum-on, but what are we going to use it with?  The obvious was with any drum software, but that was too easy.  We wanted to use it with DJ software.  Luckily our resident marketing manager, Ariff Glick, was up to the task yet again of mapping a cool .tsi file for us to use the PAD-One with Traktor Pro 2.  The results were magnificent.

The Goods

The first thing you notice about the PAD-One is the size and construction.  It has a die-cast aluminum body which …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
October 15, 2010

Alesis DM6 USB Express Kit Electronic Drumset Review

After the Video Taylor from Unique Squared commented on the DM6 Express:

“The Alesis DM6 Express is everything you could want in an electronic drum kit, and your neighbors will thank you everyday for it. The affordability makes it a good starter kit for beginners and a great practice tool/controller for the professional. Get your groove tight with the built in metronome. Use the USB out to record the drum intro for your new song. Take it on the road, use the pads and module with your acoustic kit, and show everyone your versatility. There are so many applications with all the things you get with the Alesis DM6 Express.

Having the USB is what gives the DM6 express its many options. Lets say you want to go to a live gig with the Dual Zone snare pad as a controller for two extra sounds. Just plug the module into