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

14th Sep 2011 | 09:54

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (September 2011)
Drum gear of the month: September 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, cymbals, snares, electronic drums and more from Rhythm Magazine's gruelling testing process. First reviewed in Rhythm issues 193 and 194 and published on MusicRadar throughout August.

Scroll on for this month’s top picks and click through to read each product’s full review. First up: the debut kits from British percussion manufacturer Natal...

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (September 2011)
Natal Maple and Bubinga drum kits
British percussion company Natal makes its impressive drum kit debut

MusicRadar’s verdict:

An excellent, well-designed debut kit from Natal at good price.

FULL REVIEW: Natal Maple and Bubinga drum kits

(Reviewed by Geoff Nicholls - Rhythm Magazine issue 193)

BUY: Mapex Falcon Pedals currently available from Andertons Music Co. | Thomann

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (September 2011)
Mapex Falcon Pedals
Mapex's kick pedal is now available with the option of direct-drive

MusicRadar’s verdict:

The direct drive option makes what is already a great pedal even more desirable.

FULL REVIEW: Mapex Falcon Pedals

(Reviewed by Adam Jones - Rhythm Magazine issue 193)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (September 2011)
Highwood Heritage Snares
The UK high-flyers re-create the glory days of vintage drums

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Once again the UK's HighWood has produced two super snare drums which stand comparison with anything on the market.

FULL REVIEW: Highwood Heritage Snares

(Reviewed by Geoff Nicholls - Rhythm Magazine issue 193)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (September 2011)
XM T-5SR electronic kit
Another budget-friendly e-kit arrives in the ring

MusicRadar’s verdict:

The physical aspects of the kit aren't bad at all, but the module is just plain odd. With its old look, mini-jack main output and strangely gated sounds it's out of step with the rest of the kit.

FULL REVIEW: XM T-5SR electronic kit

(Reviewed by Jordan McLachlan - Rhythm Magazine issue 193)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (September 2011)
Supernova Custom Drums Snare Drums
We sample two quite different snares from the Jersey drum maker

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Despite one or two slight glitches, these drums sound the business. Add SuperNova to your list of UK makers to check out.

FULL REVIEW: Supernova Custom Drums Snare Drums

(Reviewed by Geoff Nicholls - Rhythm Magazine issue 193)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (September 2011)
Yamaha DTX700K
The highly anticipated DTX electronic drum kit has arrived. Has it been worth the wait?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Fabulous pads and a solid, responsive module work together perfectly to deliver what is a very convincing package. For real world drummers needing to strike that bang-for-the-buck balance, it's an excellent option.

FULL REVIEW: Yamaha DTX700K

(Reviewed by Jordan McLachlan - Rhythm Magazine issue 194)

BUY: Yamaha DTX700K currently available from Andertons Music Co. | Soundslive | WoodBrass

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (September 2011)
Ahead Armor
Ahead offers a new level of protection for your drumkit

MusicRadar’s verdict:

There are some useful, innovative design elements with these cases. They appear extremely well-made and robust, ultimately giving protection for the whole of your precious kit.

FULL REVIEW: Ahead Armor

(Reviewed by Daves Holmes - Rhythm Magazine issue 194)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (September 2011)
Sabian AAX OMNI
JoJo Mayer helped design these new cymbals that don't fit any existing mould

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Jojo Mayer's OMNI's are a revelation - we've played them on big stages, in pubs and at the back of marquees and they seem to mould themselves to any environment.

FULL REVIEW: Sabian AAX OMNI

(Reviewed by Adam Jones - Rhythm Magazine issue 194)

BUY: Sabian AAX OMNI currently available from Thomann

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (September 2011)
Remo Powerstroke Pro
Remo offers a new take on pre-dampened bass drum heads

MusicRadar’s verdict:

The three finishes bring variations in tonality and texture. Alongside existing pre-dampened bass drum heads, these are worth investigating.

FULL REVIEW: Remo Powerstroke Pro

(Reviewed by Adam Jones - Rhythm Magazine issue 193)

BUY: Remo Powerstroke Pro currently available from Andertons Music Co. | Thomann

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (September 2011)
Sabian Vault Holy China
The Chad Smith-designed china cymbals set to deafen

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Chad Smith's Holy Chinas have fulfilled his original brief and excel in '11 and over' situations. Playing one will leave you at risk of uttering a Holy 'pardon?' for days afterwards.

FULL REVIEW: Sabian Vault Holy China

(Reviewed by Adam Jones - Rhythm Magazine issue 194)

BUY: Sabian Vault Holy China currently available from Andertons Music Co.

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (September 2011)
Softapads SoftaMats
Check out these multi-instrument anti-creep mats
New drum gear of the month: review round-up (September 2011)
Gear4Music WHD DD516-Pro Electronic Drum Kit
A shockingly good budget e-kit

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Overall this set-up represents terrific value that simply wills you to play and urges you to have fun.

FULL REVIEW: Gear4Music WHD DD516-Pro Electronic Drum Kit

(Reviewed by Dave Holmes - Rhythm Magazine issue 194)

New drum gear of the month: review round-up (September 2011)
Animal Custom Drums Elite
Here's a drum kit with a special dual finish
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