New drum gear of the month: review round-up

9th Apr 2010 | 10:18

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

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 electronic drum kits, snares, cymbals and a very suitably-named accessory (Drum Tuna - geddit?) from Rhythm Magazine’s gruelling testing process. First reviewed in Rhythm issue 175 and published on MusicRadar throughout March and April.

Scroll on for this month’s top picks and click through to read each product’s full review. First up: Roland TD-4KX electronic drum kit...

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
Roland TD-4KX electronic drum kit (£1179)
Roland's entry-level e-kit just got even better

MusicRadar’s verdict

“The TD-4K was great; the TD-4KX is better. That's the predictable long and short of it. But it's not night-and-day, so don't feel too sorry for yourself if you bought the original just a couple of months ago. All the really important stuff - the basic ergonomics and sound - remain the same. But the upgrade is welcome, provided your aim is true on the high toms.”

FULL REVIEW: Roland TD-4KX electronic drum kit

(Reviewed by Jordan McLachlan - Rhythm Magazine issue 175)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
Yamaha DTX950K electronic drum kit (£4999)
Pioneering e-kit with silicon heads and DAW control

MusicRadar’s verdict

“There's a lasting feeling with the DTX950K that to realise its full potential you need to work with it, not just settle for using it 'as is'. Most serious players will take it and use it with their own palette of external sounds in a working environment, and Yamaha have made it easier than ever for their top-line kit to integrate with the world outside.”

FULL REVIEW: Yamaha DTX950K electronic drum kit

(Reviewed by Jordan McLachlan - Rhythm Magazine issue 175)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
Alchemy Power-X Cymbals (from £115)
Istanbul Agop gets a new, contemporary range

MusicRadar’s verdict

“Power-X cymbals manage to bring a more complex and musical sound to an area where these qualities aren't usually found in abundance. Considering how much in the way of bronze and man hours have gone into making them, they're great value too.”

FULL REVIEW: Alchemy Power-X Cymbals

(Reviewed by Adam Jones - Rhythm Magazine issue 175)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
Carrera Snare Drums (£199)
Classic and Custom models from new UK company

MusicRadar’s verdict

“Dave Carrera is as passionate an advocate of all aspects of drums and drum making as you could hope to meet. With more snares in the pipeline and the first Carrera kits around the corner, we are certainly going to be hearing more from the man and his company soon.”

FULL REVIEW: Carrera Snare Drums

(Reviewed by Adam Jones - Rhythm Magazine issue 175)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
Drum Tuna Flip (£79)
A surprisingly innovative digital drum tuner

MusicRadar’s verdict

“Whilst we live in an age seemingly driven by the advance of technology, the concept of an analogue clock-style dial seems like something we should have surpassed years ago. So, for that reason we're slightly baffled as to why no one has thought of this product before. We'd love to see how many drum companies out there are slapping their foreheads at having missed this idea.”

FULL REVIEW: Drum Tuna Flip

(Reviewed by Dave Tupper - Rhythm Magazine issue 175)


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