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    Roland TD30K electronic drum kit.

    Roland TD30K

    Electronic Drum Kit

    Roland have updated their celebrated electronic drum kits with an improved brain and their patented Supernatural Sound technology.

    Reviews Dec 2012
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    Alesis DM10 Studio

    Electronic Drum Kit

    You might be surprised by just how much you get for your money with Alesis’s DM10 Studio kit...

    Reviews Nov 2011
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    Roland TD20KX / TD20SX

    Electronic Drum Kit

    The TD20KX (known as the TD20SX in the States) is Rolands flagship electronic drum kit — but how does it measure up against other big hitters?

    Reviews Nov 2010
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    Roland Octapad SPD30

    Percussion Pad

    Rolands Octapad range has been with us in one form or another for an amazing 25 years. What does the latest addition to the family have to offer?

    Reviews Sep 2010
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    Yamaha DTX950K

    Electronic Drum Kit

    Yamahas DTX950K kit combines cutting-edge drum-pad technology, heavy-duty hardware and an advanced brain — but what does it sound like and how does it play?

    Reviews Sep 2010
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    Korg Wavedrum

    Drum Synthesizer

    The new Wavedrum costs a fraction of the price of its predecessor and remains a sonic force to be reckoned with.

    Reviews Apr 2010
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    Yamaha DTX Multi 12

    Electronic Percussion Pad

    Yamahas DTX Multi 12 squeezes an entire electronic drum kit into a single box.

    Reviews Apr 2010
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    Synesthesia USB Mandala Drum 2

    Percussion Controller

    The Mandala is a drum pad with a difference: it has a Virtual Brain and its manufacturers claim that its “the smartest thing youll ever hit with a stick.”

    Reviews Aug 2009
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    Alesis Control Pad

    Percussion Controller

    If you enjoy hitting things with sticks but balk at the cost of percussion controllers, this no-nonsense device could be just what you've been waiting for.

    Reviews Aug 2007
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    Roland HD1

    Electronic Drum Kit

    Roland's HD1 system incorporates their V-Drum technology into a drum kit that's more compact, less noisy and much more affordable.

    Reviews Aug 2007
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    Alesis DM5

    Electronic Drum Kit

    Now that electronic drums have finally become respectable, there seems to be a trend towards producing more easily affordable MIDI kits. This offering from Alesis is based around the well-regarded DM5 module, yet is still surprisingly inexpensive.

    Reviews Sep 2006
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    Ion Audio IED01

    Electronic Drum Kit

    The price of MIDI keyboard controllers has tumbled over the past few years, and Ion clearly feel it's time the same thing happened to MIDI drum kits. Their IED01 costs £299 and includes five pads, two pedals, and the stand!

    Reviews Oct 2005
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    Q. What can I use to trigger drums?

    I love banging away on my thighs and knees, and I feel that I make some of my most interesting drum patterns in this way. How could I build a controller with a pair of panels that are velocity-sensitive to sit atop my thighs?

    Sound Advice Sep 2004
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    Live Drum Triggering

    One Drummer's Search For Perfect On-stage Sample Triggering

    When the epic, studio-created drum sounds of the 1980s had to be translated to a stage setting, sample triggering from drum kits came to the fore — and our man Gavin Harrison began his personal quest for the ultimate setup...

    Techniques Sep 2004
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    Roland TD8KV

    Electronic V-Drum Kit

    Electronic drum kits have a bad reputation; straight away you think of nasty, pinging syndrums and unrealistic samples. But they've come a long way since the days when hexagonal red-rimmed drum pads ruled the roost, as we find out...

    Reviews Jun 2003
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    Roland SPD6

    MIDI Percussion Controller

    The SPD6 MIDI percussion pad features 113 internal drum sounds, with six rubber playing pads and can run from an optional power adaptor or from batteries.

    Reviews Feb 2002
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    Roland HPD15 Handsonic

    Hand Percussion Pad

    Nicholas Rowland is star-struck by Roland's frankly fabulous new hand percussion controller.

    Reviews Oct 2000
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    Roland V-Drums

    Electronic Drums

    Though the V-Drum system is ideally suited to the hi-tech drummer, its modular brain features, modelled timbres and powerful editing features may lend it appeal as a source of high-quality sounds for the non-drummer. Nicholas Rowland checks out the beat feat.

    Reviews Dec 1997
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    Roland V-Drums/TD10

    COSM-modelled Drum System (Preview)

    First previewed at the NAMM show in January, Roland's first foray into the world of drum modelling is now almost ready for release. Nicholas Rowland brings you an exclusive preview from the official launch party.

    Reviews Nov 1997
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    Kat trapKAT

    MIDI Percussion Controller

    Following their flagship drumKat MIDI percussion controller, KAT Inc have released the new trapKAT, designed with 'real' drummers in mind as well as rhythmically-minded MIDI musicians. Paul White gets that groovy feline...

    Reviews Jul 1995
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    Korg Wavedrum

    Drum Synthesizer

    Amongst the black rackmount boxes and sleeky anonymous keyboards, one new hi-tech instrument stands out, as much for what's inside it as for its appearance. SOS brings you the exclusive first look at the latest incarnation of physical modelling technology, korg's adventurous new Wavedrum. Review by Julian Colbeck.

    Reviews Nov 1994

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