New drum gear of the month: review round-up

3rd Jun 2011 | 10:43

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
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…

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
Mapex Black Panther Velvetone drum kit (£2210)
The logical extension to Mapex's hugely popular Black Panther snare range

MusicRadar’s verdict:

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)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
Tama Silverstar drum kit (£800)
Pro-quality all-birch drums with an intermediate-level price tag

MusicRadar’s verdict:

With its easy-to-control, all-birch tone, Tama's Silverstar is, like Premier's new Birch Genista, a professional quality kit at an intermediate price.

FULL REVIEW: Tama Silverstar drum kit

(Reviewed by Geoff Nicholls - Rhythm Magazine issue 190)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
Yamaha Gigmaker drum kit (£530)
New finishes and a green conscience make this an attractive beginner package

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Striking finish, great quality. The Gigmaker kit encapsulates a lot of what makes Yamaha drums great but still manages to come in at a budget price.

FULL REVIEW:Yamaha Gigmaker drum kit

(Reviewed by Adam Jones - Rhythm Magazine issue 190)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
Techtonic DD512 electronic drum kit (£449)
New, improved and still very affordable

MusicRadar’s verdict:

It might not be fussy and it might need careful setting up, but the DD512 seems set to earn its place in the market in convincing fashion.

FULL REVIEW:Techtonic DD512 electronic drum kit

(Reviewed by Jordan McLachlan - Rhythm Magazine issue 190)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
Dixon Matrix Green Snare drum (£453)
An oak and steel hybrid with a well-focused sound

MusicRadar’s verdict:

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)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
Meinl FX Pedal (£189)
Why should guitarists have the monopoly on pedals?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

A well made product that's easy and a lot of fun to use and can have some great results. It's just unfortunate it's limited to a few preloaded sounds.

FULL REVIEW: Meinl FX Pedal

(Reviewed by Charlie Price - Rhythm Magazine issue 190)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up
Sontronics DM Drum Mics (DM1S and DM1T £119, DM1B £299)
Dedicated drum kit condenser mics with a modest pricetag

MusicRadar’s verdict:

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)

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