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

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New drum gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
Drum gear of the month: November 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, electronic drums and more from Rhythm Magazine's gruelling testing process. First reviewed in Rhythm issue 196 and published on MusicRadar throughout October.

Scroll on for this month’s top picks and click through to read each product’s full review. First up: an update to Sonor’s Force drum kit series.

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
Sonor Essential Force S-Drive Kit
Sonor's Force drum kit series is given an update

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Sonor have retained many of the aspects which gave them their reputation for building superbly crafted drums. This kit is no exception - well-built, beautifully finished and sounding good.

BUY: Sonor Essential Force S-Drive Kit currently available from Thomann | WoodBrass

FULL REVIEW: Sonor Essential Force S-Drive Kit

(Reviewed in Rhythm Magazine issue 196)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
Zildjian Gen16 AE Cymbal System
The old and the new is mixed up like never before with these acoustic-electric cymbals

MusicRadar’s verdict:

It's not the ideal bedroom solution (the cymbals are louder than pads), but for a lot of applications where current electronics are employed the Gen16 AE System represents the beginning of an exciting new chapter.

FULL REVIEW: Zildjian Gen16 AE Cymbal System

(Reviewed in Rhythm Magazine issue 196)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
Alesis PercPad
Alesis's new electronic pad proves good things come in small packages

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Alesis may have discovered a market niche for themselves with the new PercPad - it is competitively priced, conveniently compact and as easy to use as rattling a maraca.

BUY: Alesis PercPad currently available from Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Soundslive | Studiospares | WoodBrass | Hard To Find

FULL REVIEW: Alesis PercPad

(Reviewed in Rhythm Magazine issue 196)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
HK Audio L.U.C.A.S. Impact PA System
Finally a PA system that'll make sure your e-kit is heard

MusicRadar’s verdict:

As a flexible tool it's not infallible, but if you're thinking of a drums-only amping solution, the Impact will certainly live up to its name.

BUY: HK Audio L.U.C.A.S. Impact PA System currently available from Thomann | Soundslive | WoodBrass

FULL REVIEW: HK Audio L.U.C.A.S. Impact PA System

(Reviewed in Rhythm Magazine issue 196)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
Sabian B8 Pro Cymbals
Sabian's aspirational B8 range is given a revamp

MusicRadar’s verdict:

B8 Pros are aimed at drummers ready to move up to their first serious set of cymbals, and their brilliant finish and intensive hammering certainly makes them look like 'proper' cymbals.

BUY: M Sabian B8 Pro Cymbals currently available from Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | WoodBrass

FULL REVIEW: Sabian B8 Pro Cymbals

(Reviewed in Rhythm Magazine issue 196)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
Ahead Armor OGIO Sled Accessory Case
A new case that's designed to make transporting drum hardware a little less arduous

MusicRadar’s verdict:

With a Tardis-like interior, there is plenty of room for a large selection of hardware to be transported to and from gigs with ease.

FULL REVIEW: Ahead Armor OGIO Sled Accessory Case

(Reviewed in Rhythm Magazine issue 196)

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