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Yamaha EAD10

Acoustic Electronic Drum Module
Published April 2018
By Mark Gordon

Yamaha EAD10

Recording, triggering, sampling, effects: Yamaha’s versatile new drum module does it all.

The hybrid drum kit, combining electronic elements with regular acoustic drums, is an increasingly popular concept, particularly with current music styles and production techniques that draw upon an ever-more diverse and eclectic range of sound sources. Yamaha’s EAD10 is described as an ‘Acoustic Electronic Drum Module’ — a hybrid drum module that combines the natural sound of your acoustic kit with effects and electronic sounds. That’s quite an intriguing proposition, and suggests it might be the answer to a scenario that often involves a lot of equipment, cabling and technical know-how. Once you include the fact that the EAD10 can also record your performances, integrate with your DAW and help you create YouTube clips, you might suspect that it’s a bit of a jack-of-all-trades — but does it master any of them?

A System Of Two Halves

The ‘System’ comprises two parts: the Main unit, or ‘brain’, and the Sensor unit. The Main unit deals with all the sound processing, samples and effects, while the Sensor unit provides an audio signal captured by its two on-board microphones and a trigger signal from the bass drum.

The fairly weighty Sensor unit has an all-metal construction and feels very solid. Its slightly odd shape enables it to be fixed to the hoop of your bass drum and secured with a single knurled chrome knob. (If you’re familiar with using any bass drum triggers, you’ll know the kind of arrangement I’m talking about here.) At...

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Published April 2018