New drum gear of the month: review round-up
3rd Jun 2011 | 10:43
Drum gear of the month: May 2011
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 kits, snares, drum mics and edrums - including Meinl’s new FX pedal first seen at NAMM 2011 (why should guitarists have all the fun?) - from Rhythm Magazine's gruelling testing process. First reviewed in Rhythm issue 190 (and one from Future Music issue 240) and published on MusicRadar throughout May.
Scroll on for this month’s top picks and click through to read each product’s full review. First up: Mapex’s new Black Panther addition, the Velvetone kit…
Mapex Black Panther Velvetone drum kit (£2210)
With three other BP kits to choose from, which one will be the most popular remains to be seen, but the Velvetone will be hard to beat. With powerful projection and warm, full tone; excellent toms; and a quality finish, it’s a sure-fire hit.
FULL REVIEW: Mapex Black Panther Velvetone drum kit
(Reviewed by Geoff Nicholls - Rhythm Magazine issue 190)
Tama Silverstar drum kit (£800)
Yamaha Gigmaker drum kit (£530)
Techtonic DD512 electronic drum kit (£449)
Dixon Matrix Green Snare drum (£453)
Considering Dixon's perceived low-end proﬁle, this snare seems a little pricey. However, it's a capable drum that, considering its unforgiving shell composition, has enough ﬁnesse to handle the delicate dynamics of buzz rolls and subtle ghost notes. Drummers will love the open sound - sound engineers probably won't! This model may never become a 'classic' per se, but it could prove to be a good workhorse.
FULL REVIEW:Dixon Matrix Green Snare drum
(Reviewed by Dave Holmes - Rhythm Magazine issue 190)
Meinl FX Pedal (£189)
Sontronics DM Drum Mics (DM1S and DM1T £119, DM1B £299)
A set of well-tuned drum mics that deliver balanced clarity right off the bat and keep EQing to a minimum.
FULL REVIEW: Sontronics DM Drum Mics
(Reviewed by Future Music issue 240)
Drum gear of the month: April 2011
Drum gear of the month: March 2011
Now read: Drum gear of the month: March 2011