New drum gear of the month: review round-up (June 2012)

6th Jun 2012 | 09:23

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (June 2012)
Drum gear of the month: June 2012

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, percussion, accessories and more from Rhythm Magazine's gruelling testing process. First reviewed in Rhythm issue 203 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: a great new set of cymbals from Zildjian...

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (June 2012)
Zildjian K Constantinople Cymbals (TBC)
Zildjian has expanded and enhanced its stunning K Zildjian Constantinople series.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“If you've got the cash, the K Constantinoples are well worth the investment.”

FULL REVIEW:Zildjian K Constantinople Cymbals

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 203)

BUY Zildjian K Constantinople Cymbals currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann
USA: Sweetwater | American Musical

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (June 2012)
Spaun Custom LED kit (£2499)
Want to really wow your audience? Light up the stage with Spaun's new LED Custom acrylic shelled drums.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“The ultimate visual stunner from a top-notch custom drum builder.”

FULL REVIEW:Spaun Custom LED kit

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 203)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (June 2012)
Tama SLP Metal Snare Drums (TBC)
Could it be love at first strike with Tama's new Sound Lab Project series of metal snares?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“It would be impossible to choose one drum over another in the review set - the choice will come down to style.”

FULL REVIEW:Tama SLP Metal Snare Drums

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 203)

BUY Tama SLP Metal Snare Drums currently available from:
UK/Europe: Gear4Music
USA: American Musical

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (June 2012)
Toontrack Americana EZX (£54.95)
Drum samples don't have to sound processed. Toontrack's latest EZX pack invites you to get organic.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Take your time and you'll love its simplicity.”

FULL REVIEW:Toontrack Americana EZX

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 203)

BUY Toontrack Americana EZX currently available from:
UK/Europe: Thomann | Absolute Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (June 2012)
Alesis Samplepad (£99)
Following on from the nifty Percpad, Alesis presents a conveniently compact sample player designed for drummers and percussionists.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“The potential is immense while the price isn't.”

FULL REVIEW: Alesis Samplepad

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 203)

BUY Alesis Samplepad currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Scan Pro Audio | Gear4Music | Absolute Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass | American Musical

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (June 2012)
Yamaha DTX540K (£1599)
This modestly-priced addition to Yamaha's DTX500 series ticks all the right boxes.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“The 540K continues to uphold Yamaha's increasing reputation as a serious electronic drum brand.”

FULL REVIEW:Yamaha DTX540K

(Reviewed in Rhythm issue 203)

BUY Yamaha DTX540K currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Gear4Music | Absolute Music

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