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  • Product Showcase — September 2021

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Sep 15, 2021

    Gretsch Black Nickel Steel SnareGRETSCH DRUMS
    Full Range Black Nickel Over Steel Snare Drum
    Gretsch Drums has extended their Full Range snare drum collection with the addition of the 5x14-inch Black Nickel over Steel (BNS) snare drum.

    The new snare is a shallower version of the 6.5x14-inch BNS. Like its larger sibling, it provides an ideal balance of power, sensitivity, beauty, and value. The 1.2mm, 10-lug steel shell has a wide tuning range, from a loose, slow, dry sound to a very sharp, bold, and bright attack. It features 2.5mm triple-flanged hoops, an adjustable throw-off, 20-strand snare wire, Remo Control sound drumheads, 45-degree bearing edges, and a mirror-like black nickel plating.

    Gretsch Brand Manager Andrew Shreve comments, “This is such a versatile drum, perfect for live or studio playing with a crisp, bright tone that will complement a range of drumming styles and genres.”

    For more information about the 5x14-inch Black Nickel over Steel Snare drum  or other Gretsch drums and artists, visit

    Gretsc Gergo BorlaiGergo Borlai Signature Snare Drum 
    Drum phenom Gergo Borlai and Gretsch Drums have teamed up to develop a unique addition to the USA metal snare drum range. Together, they created what he describes as a “sensitive, multifunctional, loud, and limitless” snare drum: the Gergo Borlai Signature Snare.

    This instrument features a 4.25x14-inch 1.2mm brass shell, 45-degree bearing edges, 20-strand snare wires, and 4mm diecast hoops. The sand-blasted texture of the surface of the shell gives it a striking look as well as a tighter overall sound.

    A Lightning Throw-Off, eight mini-lugs, Gretsch Permatone head by Remo USA, and an inside identification label that specifies the year of production, signed by Gergo Borlai, round out this snare drum.

    Borlai is known for the captivating solos he performs at clinics, drum festivals, and masterclasses around the world. In his home country of Hungary, he has appeared on more than 300 albums, and received two lifetime achievement awards and two "gold record awards." Today, Borlai works with a wide range of highly respected musicians including Al Di Meola, Scott Kinsey, and Scott Henderson. His latest solo album, The Missing Song, features a different, legendary bass player, on each track, including Stu Hamm, Gary Willis, and Jimmy Haslip.

    For more information about the Gergo Borlai signature snare or other Gretsch drums and artists, visit

    Entry Level KT-100 Drum Kit and New KT-300
    Continuing the revamp of its legacy electronic drum line, KAT Percussion has introduced two new models: a new entry level model, the KT-100, and a follow-up to its KT-200 electronic drum kit, the new KT-300.

    While sporting a highly competitive price, the KT-100 doesn’t sacrifice on features. In particular, it comes with a kick tower and a rack, while being portable yet adjustable, that stands up with the best of them. The KT-100 comes standard with one two-zone snare and three single-zone toms that feature high-quality pads and support fundamental acoustic playing technique with a perfect response. The snare’s 8-inch surface won’t make you feel like you’re playing on a cocktail kit. The cymbals include a single zone hi-hat, a crash, and a ride, which are dual zone, all of which come standard with choke. The drum module offers drum sampling that covers most music styles such as rock, blues, jazz, metal, electronic, and more, and features 20 factory kits with 160 unique sounds in total. Moreover, its user-friendly coach and recording function helps players keep track of their progress and helps improve their skills step by step. 

    The KT-300 keeps the look of the KT-200 model but adds a significant number of new features. The sensitivity of the pads combined with Remo mesh heads create a very large velocity curve for the hardest player or the softest touch. Enhanced by the latest Dual-Triggering technology, with zones at the head and at the rim, the KT-300’s 10-inch KT-30010S snare and the 8-inch KT-3008T toms provide accurate triggering and a large strike area. The tone changes depending on where and how hard players strike, ensuring the most realistic playing feel. This technology combines with the mesh heads to give the player an authentic acoustic feel. The KT-300 ships with 30 sets of preset kits, as well as 18 sets of user kits, with 270 unique sounds in total for maximum creativity. One of the more impressive features of the KT-300 is the Coach Function, which allows you to select from four different practice methods, perfect for players eager to improve their craft.

    “The release of these two new models really rounds out the KAT Percussion line,” said Dave Cywinski, Sales Manager for Drums and Percussion at Hal Leonard. “We now have kits available for all types and levels of drummers at all types of price points, with even more features and sounds for growing drummers, but also keeping the costs to a point where they’re the best kits in their price range!”

    For more information, visit

    ProMark McLean NillesPROMARK 
    Carter McLean and Anika Nilles Signature Sticks
    ProMark Drumsticks is thrilled to announce the launch of the Carter McLean Signature Stick and Anika Nilles Signature Stick.

    The Carter McLean Signature Stick is made from hickory with a custom designed wood tip. It measures .571 inches (14.5mm) in diameter and 16 1/8 inches (409.6mm) in length with a lacquered finish. The custom tip shape provides a range of sonic possibilities on any playing surface, depending on the angle of attack. With a diameter between 5A and 5B and its slightly increased length, this is one of the most unique yet versatile sticks in the ProMark portfolio.

    Carter Mclean is a highly regarded educator, top Broadway drummer, and live/studio drummer with the likes of Charlie Hunter, Melvin Sparks, and Anthony Hamilton. He is particularly respected for his musical and nuanced approach to sound, touch, and groove.

    To learn more about Carter McLean’s stick, visit

    The Anika Nilles Signature Stick is made from hickory with an acorn wood tip. It measures .545 inches (13.8mm) in diameter and 16 inches (406.4mm) in length with a lacquered finish. Inspired by the ProMark Rebound 7A, Anika's stick features a slightly thicker diameter, a more drastic taper, and a smaller tip for increased response and articulation.

    Anika Nilles made her debut in 2013 by releasing YouTube videos with her unique compositions and playing style. In the years since, she has built up a large, devoted following, with nearly 23 million video views, and has toured as an in-demand clinician all over the world. Anika's playing style is distinguished by her strong groove, finesse in technique, unique sound, and her ability to make odd rhythms sound easy and musical.

    To learn more about Anika Nilles’s Signature Stick, visit

    ProMark Tim JacksonTim Jackson Signature Marching Tenor Stick 
    ProMark announced the launch of the new signature Tim Jackson Marching Tenor Stick. The Tim Jackson Marching Tenor Stick features both FireGrain technology and an innovative over-molded nylon tip and shoulder for enhanced durability. The flared diameter of the handle and long, 3 1/2-inch taper creates a comfortable grip and excellent rebound.

    The Tim Jackson Signature Marching Tenor Stick is the first tenor implement to take full advantage of the durability of nylon by over-molding a tip that extends down the taper. This creates a unique feel and unprecedented durability along the shoulder of the stick where rimshots are played. Along the profile of the stick, nearer the rear end, a fulcrum notch allows the player’s fingers to relax comfortably and assures the stick doesn’t move in the hand while in use. Additionally, the Tim Jackson model is the first tenor stick to feature FireGrain technology, adding durability and creating a unique look for the marching percussion market.

    Jackson has marched with the Capital Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps (2000), the Crossmen (2002), and The Concord Blue Devils (2003–06). Jackson won honors as the PASIC Multi-Tenor champion in 2005, and the DCI Individual and Ensemble Multi-Tenor champion four consecutive years from 2003–06.

    Tim has performed with Rhythm X Indoor Percussion Ensemble since its inaugural season in 2002, winning one gold, two silver, and one bronze medal within the last six seasons of WGI competition. He played his last notes as a performer aging out in the 2007 season. Tim has spent time instructing with The Concord Blue Devils, The Bluecoats, as well as the Blue Stars drum and bugle corps. He has been a part of the Rhythm X design team since 2008. Tim currently provides private instruction to students in the central Ohio area. He has also instructed, consulted, and provided clinics and master classes across the nation, as well as in Western Europe, Korea and Japan.

    To learn more, visit

    ProMark Performer PackPerformer Pack
    ProMark Drumsticks has launched the Performer Scholastic Pack. Last year, ProMark Drumsticks released the first of two new scholastic packs to serve the needs of percussionists at the beginning of their journey and support them throughout the formative high school years.

    The Performer Scholastic Pack is a true step-up product for percussionists continuing their journey through middle school, into high school, and beyond. It is designed for the advanced needs of repertoire as percussionists continue through their journey.

    Each Performer Pack contains a pair of Concert One Orchestral Snare Drum Sticks, Concert Two Orchestral Snare Drum Sticks, SPYR Hard Marimba Mallets, SPYR Hard Rubber Xylophone Mallets, SPYR Medium-Hard Hytrel Xylophone Mallets, and Performer Series General Maple Timpani Mallets packed in a Transport Deluxe Stick Bag.

    To learn more, visit

    Roland 4 Affordable V DrumsROLAND
    Four Affordable V-Drums Kits Based Around the TD-07 Sound Module
    Roland has introduced four new compact V-Drums kits based around the TD-07 sound module. The TD-07KV kit has been a top seller since its introduction in October 2020, offering famous V-Drums sound and playability at an affordable price. The new TD-07DMK, TD-07KX, and TD-07KVX kits expand the lineup to give developing electronic drummers more options with a variety of different pad and stand configurations. And for players who prefer an acoustic drum appearance, the streamlined VAD103 kit and its shallow-depth wood shells bring an affordable entry-level option to Roland’s acclaimed V-Drums Acoustic Design series.

    At the center of each new V-Drums kit is the powerful TD-07 sound module, which comes packed with ready-to-play acoustic drum kits that provide instant gratification for players, allowing them to dive into an authentic drumming experience right away. Every kit features sounds captured in pro studios, then brought to life with advanced V-Drums technologies that make them behave just like their acoustic counterparts. Easy-to-use editing tools allow players to personalize every sound in detail, just like they would with acoustic drums. EQs, ambience effects, and other processing options are also on hand to bring studio-quality polish to the sound.

    The TD-07 module features many useful tools that make drum practice more fun and productive, including onboard Bluetooth wireless technology for playing along with music from a mobile device or computer, and coach mode exercises that help players build skills with enjoyable drum timing and accuracy challenges. The module also integrates seamlessly with Melodics, a Mac/Windows software application that provides a growing selection of free drum lessons to develop rhythm, timing, and muscle memory.

    All the new kits come outfitted with Roland’s double-ply, tension-adjustable mesh drumheads for snare and toms, giving players the most accurate playing feel and sensing available. They offer quiet acoustic performance as well, a vital feature for home practice with headphones. The quiet performance also extends to the kick pads and stands, which are purpose-built to reduce noise and vibration transfer that might otherwise disturb family members and neighbors.

    The entry-level TD-07DMK is the most affordable kit in the TD-07 series. It features a compact pad layout and a slimline kick pad that attaches directly to the stand, making it ideal for tight setups and situations where the kit needs to be stored away when not in use.

    The original TD-07KV remains a great value within the TD-07 family, with an upgraded freestanding kick drum and larger crash cymbals.

    The TD-07KX is the perfect step-up from the TD-07KV, providing larger snare and tom pads for greater playing comfort and the most cymbals in the TD-07 lineup.

    The TD-07KVX is top of the TD-07 range, with a floating VH-10 hi-hat that mounts onto an acoustic hi-hat stand. It also comes with larger V-Cymbals, including a three-zone ride with bow, bell, and edge triggering for maximum expression.

    As the new entry point to the V-Drums Acoustic Design series, the VAD103 is the affordable, all-digital kit that captures the vibe and feel of a traditional acoustic set. It features shallow-depth wood drum shells throughout, including an 18-inch kick drum for a full-immersion acoustic experience.

    To learn more about TD-07DMK, TD-07KV, TD-07KX, and TD-07KVX kit configurations and features, visit the TD-07 series page. To learn more about the VAD103 V-Drums Acoustic Design kit, visit the VAD103 product page.

  • Product Showcase — August 2021

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Aug 11, 2021

    Online Sound Collective Platform
    Learning how to record your own demos from home, mic a drum kit, use drum replacement software, record your voice, and more have become essential skills every modern musician must know.

    To that end, The Collective has introduced Sound Collective, a platform featuring more than 450 video lessons and many carefully curated hours of instruction. In addition to watching video lessons, you can download DAW templates, sample packs, and sheet music for select courses with more to come. From topics like music production, sound design, mixing, mastering, and music theory to mastery of an instrument, Sound Collective has you covered. Each course was carefully crafted by industry experts so you can learn from anywhere, on-demand with the growing course library.

    Visit and get started with a 1-month free trial using promo code SCGETSTARTED!

    History of Female Drummers
    Drumming Through the Decades is a 12-episode series, released weekly on YouTube. The series covers the evolution of the drum kit, rhythms, and genres while highlighting female identifying drummers and musicians.

    The series starts 2000 BC, when all drummers were women, and continues all the way up to 2021. The purpose of the series is to present the female perspective that has often been left out in the history of music and illuminate the stories of many incredible drummers, who have been forgotten today. 

    The producer behind the series, and host of the shows, is Finnish-born Vicky O'Neon, who is a drummer and educator based in the U.K. She is the co-founder of the non-profit music organizations Girls Rock London and Rock Donna as well as an active performer and creator. Some of her performance credits include Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, Clean Bandit, and Drumathon Live. In 2020 she released two songs with Brian May from Queen.

    Vicky has done in-depth research for this series to create an educational platform that brings female musicians to the front. This content will benefit professional musicians as well as students and the general public (of all genders); the aim is to educate people and reduce gender inequalities within the drum and music industry. The project is supported by the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland. There are subtitles in English and Swedish available, with more languages to be added by request.

    Please visit the playlist at

    Tony Succar Signature Timbales
    Latin Percussion (LP) has announced the release of two-time Latin Grammy Award winner Tony Succar’s Signature Timbales.

    The drums are based on the popular Tito Puente model, and feature a stunning combination of Rainbow Chrome over brass shells complemented with Black Nickel hardware and Black LP drum heads.  The all-new plating offers distinct color variations every time, making every set one-of-a-kind. The 14/15 x 6.5-inch timbales are mounted on a heavy-duty, height-adjustable stand with an anti-rattle sleeve and diecast geared tilter. A sturdy cowbell bracket, timbale sticks, and tuning wrench are also included.

    Tony Succar made history in 2019 when he became the youngest Latin Grammy award winner for Producer of the Year and Best Salsa Album and is a premier example of the next generation of salsa and Latin jazz musicians. He has worked with an impressive array of notable artists including Tito Nieves, India, Jon Secada, Marc Anthony, Sheila E., Arturo Sandoval, Judith Hill, and Obie Bermudez, among others. His latest projects include producing and co-directing the PBS documentary Roots of Latin Jazz, premiering in July 2021. His latest single, "Tu Mejor Equivocación," is a collaboration with Tik Tok sensation YX.

    To find out more about the new Tony Succar Signature Timbales, visit

  • Product Showcase — June 2021

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Jun 09, 2021

    Evans B14HWD

    Heavyweight UV Dry Snare Head
    Evans Drumheads has announced the UV Heavyweight Dry Snare Head is now available. Evans Heavyweight Dry features two plies of 10mil film, providing maximum durability, compressed attack, and a wide dynamic range. The 3mil Reverse Dot lends extra durability, focus, and attack in the center. Precision-drilled dry vents further reduce overtones and sustain. Paired along with Evans’ patented UV coating, this head is designed for the heaviest of hitters. This line extension to the Heavyweight will be available in a 14-inch size.

    Gruv Chambers VELOCGRUV GEAR 
    Dennis Chambers a VELOC Endorser
    Gruv Gear is proud to announce the legendary Dennis Chambers is using their acclaimed and innovative VELOC One-Trip Drum Transport System. See Dennis talking about the VELOC system at

    Described by JazzTimes as one of the world’s greatest living drummers, Dennis Chambers was included in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 100 greatest drummers of all time and inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2001, after winning the vote for Best Electric Jazz drummer from 1990 through to 1996.

    Launched in 2020, the fully-integrated VELOC drum transport system allows drummers to move a 5-piece kit, cymbals, pedals and hardware in a single trip. The system consists of a lightweight aluminum cart fitted with a magnetic mount rail. The highly durable, padded cases attach securely and stack vertically on to this rail, creating a shelf-like system. The convenient front opening of the drum cases means they can be left on the cart, while still allowing access to the drums for quick kit setup and breakdown.

    Once a kit is loaded onto the VELOC transport system it can be moved with minimal effort through doorways, narrow aisles, and busy parking lots with just one hand on the ergonomic handle. The high-quality cases that accompany the system are available in most common sizes, feature comfortable carry handles and both top and front access to drums. Each case is equipped with a built-in TSA lock and Gruv Gear’s Global Recovery Tag powered by HomingPIN, so any lost or misplaced bags can be easily reunited with their owners.

    To find out more about the VELOC drum transportation system and Gruv Gear’s other innovative products, visit

    Barriles De Bomba Drums
    Latin Percussion (LP) has launched the Barriles De Bomba traditional drums, which have been used for over 400 years in the Puerto Rican folkloric music called Bomba. Available in two sizes, the higher pitch Primo or Subidor is played as the lead drum to follow the dancers, and the larger Buleador is used to provide a steady, hypnotic rhythm.

    LP is proud to honor the culture and people of Puerto Rico who have been important contributors to Afro-Caribbean and Latin music. The 26-inch tall Barriles are constructed from two-ply Siam Oak with natural rawhide heads fitted using traditional rims. Plus, they feature decorative metal bands that are reminiscent of traditional drums from the island.

    The Latin Percussion 14-inch and 16-inch Siam Oak Barriles De Bomba have chrome-plated heart side plates with 5/16-inch diameter tension rods and are supplied with a bag.

    To find out more about the new Barriles De Bomba and other LP products, visit

    Roland TD-50XROLAND
    TD-50X Upgrade Available Now
    The TD-50X upgrade from Roland is now available for download on Roland Cloud. Bringing the complete expressive power of Roland’s most advanced drum module to the original TD-50 V-Drums, the TD-50X Upgrade is filled with new instrument sounds, preset kits, and feature enhancements — including a fully optimized performance with the VH-14D digital hi-hat — making it a must-have for all TD-50 module owners.

    The TD-50X Upgrade features over 900 total sounds — up from 422 in the original module — including hundreds of new kick, snare, hi-hat, tom, and cymbal selections. These premium drums leverage the full expressive potential of the Prismatic Sound Modeling engine, providing incredible playability with rich overtones and unlimited sonic colors.

    Also included are 70 newly developed preset kits, all purposefully tuned for full, punchy, and dynamic sound. Created with top drummers and recording engineers, these inspiring kits let you take on any style at the touch of a button, from traditional jazz to full-throttle metal.

    The advanced digital pad technology first introduced with the PD-140DS snare and CY-18DR ride has been expanded with the VH-14D digital hi-hat, bringing ultra-detailed playability to the three most nuanced pieces in the kit. This groundbreaking electronic hi-hat takes performance to an all-new level, offering touch sensitivity, tonal variation, and open/closed resolution never available until now. The TD-50X Upgrade provides the most complete and immersive VH-14D experience you can get, with sounds and processing fully optimized for its sophisticated detection capabilities.

    The TD-50X upgrade makes it even more powerful for recording and producing tracks in a DAW. With the Core Audio driver on a Mac or ASIO driver on a Windows computer, there’s now support for 32 channels of premium-quality audio transfer over USB, up from the 10 channels with the standard TD-50.

    The TD-50X Upgrade extends the TD-50’s ambience features with PureAcoustic Ambience technology, bringing a new level of realism to the electronic drumming experience. Instantly place kits in stunningly natural and immersive sound fields, from tight studio spaces to massive halls and everything in between. More sound-shaping tools are included with the upgrade, with multi-effects selections increased from 30 to 38.

    The TD-50X and upgraded TD-50 modules are the first V-Drums products to be supported through Roland Cloud. This evolving platform offers a diverse range of authentic Roland software synthesizers and instrument sound libraries. Roland Cloud unlocks an expanding collection of premium V-Drums kits and curated samples for studio production and live playing, with access to a variety of releases the moment they arrive.

    Once upgraded, users can try out the TD-50X Free Kits available at the TD-50X product page on the Roland website, as well as the free TD-50X Session Collection 01 in Roland Cloud Manager. To learn more about the TD-50X Upgrade, visit

    Vic Firth Practice PadsVIC FIRTH
    Two New Practice Pads
    The Avedis Zildjian Company, parent company of Vic Firth, has announced the introduction of two new products into its lineup of practice accessories: the Vic Firth Digital Camo Practice Pads and the Vic Firth VF Practice Pads. 

    The Vic Firth Digital Camo pad surface offers a fun take on a modern digital camouflage graphic, and the Vic Firth VF pad features a classic Vic Firth "VF" logo design. Both pads feature a solid wooden base with a non-slip backing to keep the pad in place during use. Ideal for beginning drummers, these silicone pads provide excellent response for learning drum set technique.

    Both pads are available in 6-inch and 12-inch versions and are available now from authorized Vic Firth dealers worldwide. For more information, visit

    Zildjian Practice PadZILDJIAN
    Two New Practice Pads
    The Avedis Zildjian Company has introduced two new practice pad options into its lineup of accessories. The Zildjian Galaxy and Zildjian Graffiti pads offer great feel, response, and versatility.

    Both pads feature bold and colorful designs on their playing surfaces, with the Zildjian Galaxy Pad offering an interstellar space scene and the Zildjian Graffiti Pad offering a modern take on graffiti art. Both pads feature a responsive playing surface, a solid base, and a non-slip backing to keep the pad in place during use. Ideal for beginning drummers, these silicone pads provide excellent response for learning drum set technique.

    Both pads are available in 6-inch and 12-inch versions and are available now from authorized Zildjian dealers worldwide. For more information, visit

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