Alesis Forge E-Kit
Alesis have been changing the face of electronic percussion over the last 18 months. Their new lines of innovative and affordable products have been winning the hearts of consumers worldwide. The 2016 NAMM show in Anaheim California saw Alesis release five new E-Kit lines: the Strike, Command, Crimson, Forge and Nitro.
Sonor Prolite Maple Drum Kit
Sonor drums have been a staple in the drum scene for years now. I know I’ve certainly grown up lusting over them as student, and I still do. German precision, outstanding design and quality sound are all very attractive attributes. Sonor are also good at inventing and implementing new innovations to their drum designs. At the pointy end of the Sonor family of drum kit range is the Prolite. The Prolite sits up the top of the family tree under the SQ3 flagship and the Vintage Series. Perhaps though, the Prolite is a great combination of the two – more on this later.
Pearl Crystal Beat Drums
Not many people may remember this, but Pearl actually released an all-acrylic shell drum kit way back in 1978. It was called the Crystal Beat. Well folks, it’s back and what that means for us drummer peeps in Australia is that we now have a serious contender to battle the likes of Ludwig, Tama, DW and C&C. The thing is, Pearl have some little tricks up their sleeves, which means the Crystal Beat could be the choice to go for.
Alesis Crimson Electric Drum Kit
For so long the words ‘Electric Drum Kit’ equalled something expensive – especially if you wanted anything of decent quality. The cheaper brands, marketed for the beginner/intermediate player, were usually just terrible excuses for what was clearly not a real instrument. Enter Alesis with the new Crimson.
Mapex MPX Maple 10x5.5 Snare
Sick of your snare sound? Wanna try some new grooves? Need to incorporate another snare into your setup but have limited room? All of the above may be reason enough to try a smaller sized snare in an auxiliary type setup. And Mapex may have just the (rather inexpensive) ticket. From their range of MPX drums, the MPX maple 10 x 5.5 is quite the pocket rocket that could serve as a funky main snare sound or hang out as your secondary option.
Tycoon Portable Cajon Practice Pad
We’ve already mentioned Tycoon’s massive range of percussion in this issue and in previous issues, with a particular emphasis on the cajon, which is the proverbial new kid on the block of the percussion world, growing in popularity over the past 12 months. Further enhancing the practice, performance and recording capabilities of the traditional cajon, Tycoon’s Portable Cajon Practice Pad allows for easy transportation and storage whilst giving you the feel and sound of a full-sized instrument. Perhaps opening up its appeal even further let’s check out this reduced sized percussion beat maker.
Tycoon 29 Series Master Fantasy Boa Cajon
Far from just a select percussion instrument the Cajon these days finds itself in everything from relaxed acoustic arvo sessions to school class rooms, jazz gigs, percussion groups and big latin ensembles. It’s straight ahead design and nature make it an instant draw card and the fact that it can be simple through to seriously involved also covers a lot of bases. Rattling on from some Tycoon gear we saw earlier in the year is a cool take on your standard Cajon. This case in the form of a slinky little number called the 29 Series Master ‘Fantasy Boa’ Cajon. Sounds interesting? Well read on….
Los Cabos Red Hickory Drum Sticks
Any experienced and well-weathered drummer will tell you about the importance of selecting the right tools for the job. Head out to see any band on any given night, and you’re sure to find a crop of bands that run the proverbial gamut of drum setups. Sure the old rudimentary 4-piece kit will pop up more than a lot of others, by cymbal heights, sizes, snares are all likely to vary, even with a bill of bands that are all using the same kit. Drummers, perhaps more so than other musicians, really need to settle themselves and con figure their space. Finding the right tools for the job is a big part of that. Though, for some reason, drumsticks seem too often an overlooked part of that setup. Which is kind of strange, given that it’s the only real part of a kit that you hold on to, I mean, it kind of is your tool.