New drum gear of the month: review round-up

12th Aug 2010 | 09:15

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
July-August: kits, cymbals, miking solutions and a bit of software

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 gear from Rhythm Magazine's (and one from Computer Music's) gruelling testing process. First reviewed in Rhythm issue 179 (and Computer Music issue 155) and published on MusicRadar throughout July and August.

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

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
Mapex Horizon HX drum kit (£575)
A budget-conscious, cleverly designed beginner's package

MuiscRadar's verdict:

"As a first gigging kit it sounds big and will suit any style. The Horizon HX package offers a lot for the money and its looks belie its budget status."

FULL REVIEW:Mapex Horizon HX drum kit

(Reviewed by Geoff Nicholls - Rhythm Magazine issue 179)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
Meinl Byzance Cymbals - Traditional, Dark and Extra Dry ranges (from £132)
New additions to Meinl's traditional, Turkish made range

MusicRadar's verdict:

"Every cymbal here is entertaining; any of them will add exotic shades to your set-up."

FULL REVIEW: Meinl Byzance Cymbals - Traditional, Dark and Extra Dry ranges

(Reviewed by Geoff Nicholls - Rhythm Magazine issue 179)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
BR Distribution Mic Holders (from £15)
Innovative new microphone clamps to take the strain out of miking your kit

MusicRadar's verdict:

"These aren't exactly the sexiest or most exciting bits of kit you'll ever buy, but they sure are very handy."

FULL REVIEW:BR Distibution Mic Holders

(Reviewed by Adam Jones - Rhythm Magazine issue 179)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
Toontrack Beatstation (£80)
This beatbox wants to be all things to all users

MusicRadar's verdict:

"More flexible than it seems at first look, Beatstation will appeal to those who want to create drum kits and grooves in a hurry."

FULL REVIEW:Toontracks Beatstation

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 155)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
Ludwig Element Laquer Series Power drum kit (£829)
Brilliant intermediate set with an exceptional snare

MusicRadar's verdict:

"It's impressive that Ludwig, with its illustrious history, has honed details which turn a good kit into a brilliant one. As did the Accent CS Custom, the Element Lacquer takes Ludwig's Chinese-made intermediate kits to a new level of desirability."

FULL REVIEW:Ludwig Element Laquer Series Power drum kit

(Reviewed by Geoff Nicholls - Rhythm Magazine issue 179)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
Soultone Cymbals - Vintage and Custom Brilliant ranges (from £200)
New to the UK, Soultone looks set to make an immediate impact

MusicRadar's verdict:

"These are fine instruments that possess musicality and character while being versatile enough to perform in many situations."

FULL REVIEW:Soultone Cymbals - Vintage and Custom Brilliant ranges

(Reviewed by Adam Jones - Rhythm Magazine issue 179)

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