New drum gear of the month: review round-up

12th Mar 2010 | 15:30

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
Feb-Mar 2010: kits, snares and electronic drums

Every month MusicRadar’s industry-leading sister magazines - Guitarist, Computer Music, Total Guitar, Rhythm, Future Music and Guitar Techniques - publish the best independent and in-depth music-making gear reviews.

This is a collection of the best drum kits, snares, software and electronic drums collated from Rhythm Magazine’s gruelling testing process (plus one from Future Music issue 224). All gear was first reviewed in Rhythm issue 174 and published on MusicRadar throughout February and March.

Scroll on for this month’s top picks and click through to read each product’s full review. First up: Jobeky Prestige electronic drum kit...

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
Jobeky Prestige electronic drum kit (£1579)
Acoustic shells, electronic brain: the best of both worlds

MusicRadar’s verdict

“If you're comfortable with hi-tech pads and an all-in-one solution from one of the big brands, then maybe the Prestige is not for you. But if you love the idea of an electronic kit that mirrors the sizes and feel of a standard set for live and studio use, or even as a thoroughly rewarding practice tool, you'd be well-advised to give it a go.”

FULL REVIEW: Jobeky Prestige electronic drum kit

(Reviewed by Jordan McLachlan - Rhythm Magazine issue 174)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
Liberty MPX Drum Kit (£1995)
An impressive set from rising British craftsman

MusicRadar’s verdict

“It's exciting to see small British craftsman companies gradually establishing themselves. Inevitably some will fail, but Liberty - already in its fourth year - is surely a stayer. The art of drum construction revolves around shell building and we were greatly impressed by the quality of the MPX shells and the obvious care that is taken.”

FULL REVIEW: Liberty MPX Drum Kit review


(Reviewed by Geoff Nicholls - Rhythm Magazine issue 174)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
ddrum Vinnie Paul Snare Drums (£399)
Pantera/Damageplan drummer's signature drums... Hellyeah!

MusicRadar’s verdict

“These drums are made for one thing, and one thing only - to ROCK! Jazzers need not apply, although the woody tone makes them surprisingly versatile for such single-minded instruments. Our choice (for its subtlety alone) would be the black model with the spiked lugs, although we would fit some die-casts if a thicker head didn't calm the overtones.”

FULL REVIEW: ddrum Vinnie Paul Snare Drums review


(Reviewed by Jake Stacey - Rhythm Magazine issue 174)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
Mapex Black Panther Black Widow Snare (£279)
The perfect tone with brooding dark looks

MusicRadar's verdict

“The name Black Panther, conjuring up speed and power allied to velvety sleekness, has been a winner for Mapex over the past decade. Now Mapex has given the entire range an overhaul with 14 brand new models. The Black Panther Black Widow is a drum for when you need a rapid response without sacrificing tone and quality - whether you're slamming behind an indie-punk band or steering a nimble jazz trio.”

FULL REVIEW: Mapex Black Panther Black Widow Snare review


More wood Black Panther snare drums

Black Panther Retrosonic Snare review

Black Panther Velvetone Snare review

Black Panther Phantom Snare review

Black Panther Phat Bob Snare review

Black Panther Fastback Snare review

Black Panther Blaster Snare review

Black Panther Cherry Bomb Snare review


(All reviewed by Geoff Nichols - Rhythm Magazine issue 174)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
Mapex Black Panther Blade Snare (£255)
Reliable, all-rounder steel snare with a rasping tone

MusicRadar’s verdict

“Cheap but not shabby - for many this will be the affordable workhorse metal-shelled Panther, true to the original concept and a no-brainer, reliable purchase.”

FULL REVIEW: Mapex Black Panther Blade Snare review


More wood Black Panther snare drums

Black Panther Sledgehammer Snare review

Black Panther 'Panther' Snare review

Black Panther Brass Cat Snare review

Black Panther Machete Snare review

Black Panther Stinger Snare review


(All reviewed by Geoff Nichols - Rhythm Magazine issue 174)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
Mapex Drum Masterclass iPhone app (£2.99)
iPhone/iPod Touch music app for reading notation

MusicRadar’s verdict

“A very original app - advanced players shouldn't be put off by the apparent simplicity of some of the patterns, it's designed to further your reading, not your playing technique after all. Considering that this application and both of the add-on packs will cost you just over a fiver, Mapex has certainly packed a lot in for excellent value.”

FULL REVIEW: Mapex Drum Masterclass iPhone app


(Reviewed by Rhythm Magazine issue 174)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
Toontrack Custom & Vintage SDX (£125)
Superior Drummer 2.0 gets another shot in the arm

MusicRadar's verdict

“Toontrack hits the mark again with this offering of rare and unusual drums recorded with high production values. And the legendary signal path still creates an incredible sound.”

FULL REVIEW: Toontrack Custom & Vintage SDX review


(Reviewed by Future Music issue 224)


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