Alesis SamplePad 4
Alesis have been changing the face of electronic percussion over the last 18 months. Their new lines of innovative, affordable and easy to use electronic drumkits, sample racks and portable sample pads have been winning the hearts of consumers worldwide. The Alesis SamplePad Pro hit Australian shores in July 2015 and was an instant success. The unit offered a huge range of features, was slick looking, easy to use and affordable. 2016 has seen the release of the Alesis SamplePad 4. This 4 pad version of the SamplePad Pro is a compact and powerful tool that makes it even easier for musicians to enjoy unlimited sound potential live and in the studio. Last week mine arrived. The phrase “good things come in small packages” sprang to mind straight away. I took the unit out of the box and was immediately impressed by the compact, sleek and modern looking unit. It felt solid, but not heavy.
Mapex P800TW Armory Double Pedal
Mapex bass drum pedals had always been a little hit and miss for me – until recent years. The revelation came when I tried the (then new) Falcon pedal. It was a total game changer for me and combined with some great snare/kit innovations, Mapex was firmly back on the map and in the pointy end of the drum world. Now, Mapex has released their mid-range pedal for the masses, and just because it sits beneath the flagship Falcon doesn’t mean it’s low rent. Enter the new Armory Chain Drive Double Bass Pedal.
Dixon Pro Hardware
We’ve recently seen some new offerings from Dixon stamping a serious new look that says goodbye to any previous thoughts of cheap and nasty. To the contrary Dixon are offering pro level drums down to more affordable entry level kits all the while keeping current with traveller sets, a range of snares and not to be forgotten – hardware.
Dixon PSN-K902 Pro Drum Throne
Dixon make a point of stating ‘no longer are Dixon just the guys who make that great cheap hardware’ and this would seem to be true with the likes of their Jet Set Plus traveller drum kit that we reviewed last month. An increased range with top line kits and endorsers such as Gregg Bisonette has seen them really up their drum and percussion ante. High level kits, a huge range of accessories and some signature model snares see them making a spin towards higher quality gear with plenty more specs – plus the backing from a player such as Gregg shows some real commitment to gear, players and drums in general.
SHURE PGA DRUMKIT 7 MICS
Shure have always been known for quality in microphones, but quality can come at a price when you’re looking to capture the sound of a complete drum kit. Not everyone wants to go out and buy a range of microphones to capture each drum. That’s why Shure have released the PG Alta range of microphones to deliver a budget priced solution for such a scenario.
Alesis SamplePad Pro
Having pottered about with the Alesis Sample Rack last month, it was nice to get into a drum module form those guys, especially given that I haven’t used one of theirs for about ten years now. So, after sending that unit back, this month I got to play around with the Alesis Sample Pad Pro, once I was able to pry it out of the hands of my slightly excited editor.
PEARL ELIMINATOR DEMON CHAIN DRIVE PEDAL
The Pearl Eliminator Demon drive pedal changed the game when it came out a few years ago. With its direct drive system and a swag of useful adjustability features, it was a favourite amongst many a drummer. Pearl have now released a slightly different version of the demon drive. The real key difference is that it’s twin chain drive instead of direct drive. The goal was to be able to offer a pedal that had all the awesome feature of the direct drive (of which we shall discuss here) but with the power and feel of a chain drive for those drummers that prefer that little bit of give on the pedal board.