New drum gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)

1st Jul 2011 | 09:00

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
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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, cymbals and electronic drums - including Korg’s Oriental-themed Wavedrum - from Rhythm Magazine's gruelling testing process. First reviewed in Rhythm issue 191 and published on MusicRadar throughout June.

Scroll on for this month’s top picks and click through to read each product’s full review. First up: Liberty’s impressive R Series kit…

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Liberty R Series drum kit (£1699)
This excellent new kit looks set to raise the company's profile further

MusicRadar’s verdict:

A well made and great sounding kit. With this attitude and calibre of product, Liberty Drums can only go from strength to strength.

FULL REVIEW:Liberty R Series kit

(Reviewed by Adam Jones - Rhythm Magazine issue 191)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Gretsch Renown '57 drum kit (£1606)
We take a retro-styled classic for a spin

MusicRadar’s verdict:

A tasteful and unique kit which lives up to the Gretsch name. It's good value for money at this level, too.

FULL REVIEW: Gretsch Renown '57 drum kit

(Reviewed by Dave Holmes - Rhythm Magazine issue 191)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Alesis DM7 USB electronic drum kit (£459)
We flick the sticks over the new DM7 e-kit from Alesis

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Apart from the slightly amusing idiosyncrasies of the preset tunes, this is a great set-up for those wishing to get into electronic drums without spending a fortune.

FULL REVIEW: Alesis DM7 USB electronic drum kit

(Reviewed by Dave Holmes - Rhythm Magazine issue 191)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Korg Wavedrum Oriental (£575)
A new limited edition of Korg's Wavedrum goes East

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Last year's Wavedrum was great, this one is even better. And for all its oddities, we wouldn't have it any other way.

5 stars

FULL REVIEW: Korg Wavedrum Oriental

(Reviewed by Adam Jones - Rhythm Magazine issue 191)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
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New drum gear of the month: review round-up (July 2011)
Toontrack The Classic EZX Expansion Pack (£54.95)
Experience organic rock drum sounds with this affordable expansion pack

MusicRadar's verdict:

The Classic pretty much achieves exactly what it sets out to do. A great add-on for anyone who wants to record classic rock or blues with an electronic kit.

FULL REVIEW: Toontrack The Classic EZX Expansion Pack

(Reviewed by Stuart Williams - Rhythm Magazine issue 191)

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