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  • Product Showcase — May 2023

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | May 01, 2023

    DW Alex Gonzalez DW Snare

    Alex Gonzalez DW ICON Snare
    Drum Workshop, Inc. (DW) has announced the Alex Gonzalez DW ICON™ Snare — a tribute to the legendary drummer of Latin pop icons Maná. Gonzalez and his band, Maná, are one of the biggest pop/rock bands in the world. They have sold more than 40 million records, winning four Grammys and nine Latin Grammys. Gonzalez’ wide ranging grooves, complex flourishes, and awesome chops have been the driving force of the band from day one.

    The 6.5 x 14 Alex Gonzalez DW ICON™ Snare has been constructed using an 11-ply HVLT™ North American Hard Rock Maple shell with a Birdseye Maple outer veneer that is dyed gray. It is fitted with premium black nickel DW hardware featuring a MAG Throw-off™, five-position (5P) butt plate, True-Hoops®, True-Pitch® tuning, DW heads™ by Remo®, and more. The outer shell is decorated with vivid wood inlays using dyed Pearwood, Koto, and Tulipwoods. The designs represent the Maná logo, Gonzalez’ iconic rose logo, and his portrait.

    Only 250 of this limited-edition snare will be made by DW. Each will come with a deluxe DW carrying case and a signed certificate of authenticity from John Good. A portion of proceeds from the sale of each snare will be donated to the charity nominated by Gonzalez,, who are helping to support cancer patients.

    Watch the launch video at, and to find out more about the Alex Gonzalez DW ICON™ Snare go to

    Evans Sunhouse TechEVANS 
    Partnership With Sunhouse Technologies
    Evans Drumheads has announced a new partnership with Sunhouse Technologies Inc. Building upon Sunhouse’s foundational Sensory Percussion technology, the joint venture features completely redesigned versions of both the hardware and software, giving drummers more power, control, and expressive possibility. 

    Originally introduced by Sunhouse in 2015, this patented technology lets drummers turn their acoustic drum kits into powerful controllers for electronic music-making. Using sensors — not triggers — along with proprietary machine learning, Sensory Percussion dynamically maps each drumhead’s surface and tracks each hit. With up to ten programmable zones per head and virtually limitless ways to control and manipulate them, drummers now have a way to naturally express themselves with electronic tools like samples, effects, and MIDI. 

    The new Evans Hybrid Sensory Percussion Sound System is an entirely fresh take on the original, redeveloped from the ground up to give the drummer more reliable, usable, and purpose-built hardware, along with a reworked software experience to power an ever-expanding universe of discovery and creativity. 

    With this expansion into electronics, Evans is establishing Evans Hybrid — a new division focused on imagining and building the future of drumming, developing technologies that bridge the gap between acoustic and electronic percussion. 

    The Evans Hybrid Sensory Percussion Sound System comes in a package consisting of the following: 

    1. New Sensory Percussion Software, completely redesigned to be more seamless, intuitive, and musical — eliminating as many barriers to creativity as possible, on stage or in the studio. 

    2. The Evans Portal audio interface, designed to work specifically with the software and proprietary sensors. It features seven sensor inputs, a built-in microphone, two combo mic/line/Hi-Z inputs, and a variety of headphone, aux, and stereo outputs. 

    3. Three Drum Sensors, built to be sleeker, more durable, and easier to set up and remove. Each sensor tracks speed, velocity, and timbre across ten distinct programmable zones. The new sensors also feature tour-friendly, 3.5 mm cables over heavy XLRs. 

    4. Additional items include a pack of 12 pickup elements, three 12 ft. TRS cables, one power adaptor, one USB-C cable, Evans EMAD Bass Drumhead adapter, and special Sensory Percussion ProMark ActiveGripTM Drumsticks. 

    Learn more at 

    DAddario Drumhead FinderD’ADDARIO 
    Drumhead Finder
    In partnership with Cartful Solutions, D’Addario has created a simple, yet powerful recommendation engine that sifts through hundreds of possibilities to align with each player’s needs. Using advanced technology, Drumhead Finder can match players to the right Evans drumhead with incredible accuracy.

    The user experience is fun, easy, and takes only a few minutes to complete. Players answer a series of questions about their drum, preferences, and style, which allows the tool to narrow down the list of ideal drumheads. Some questions cover: Drum Type, Size, Reason for Changing Head, and Volume Restriction.

    Once completed, users instantly receive their “Best Match,” as well as ancillary options. Players can also have results sent by email for future reference. Drumhead Finder covers most every type of drum including drum set, marching, concert percussion, and hand percussion.

    For more info, visit

    Grover Improved SleighbellsGROVER PRO PERCUSSION
    New and Improved Sleigh Bells
    Grover Pro Percussion has announced the release of their new and improved Sleigh Bells. Featuring two metal pellets in every bell, the new design offers improved sound production and helps eliminate unwanted “after-ring.” Now, when the player stops playing, the bells stop ringing, resulting in a more precise and controlled performance.

    Grover Pro Sleigh Bells also feature a unique integral rubber foot that allows for silent acquisition and placement on a trap table or any other surface. The round foot also functions as a handle for radial motions, allowing for short staccato notes, and provides a striking surface for playing the bells with one hand. The set includes 24 carbon steel bells that are chrome plated for durability, delivering a characteristic sound that projects with a brilliant resonance. 

    The new Grover Pro Sleigh Bells are perfect for a wide range of musical applications, including orchestral, concert band, and percussion ensemble performances.

    For more information, visit

    Grover Rosewood CastanetsNew Rosewood Castanets
    Grover Pro Percussion has announced the release of its new Rosewood Castanets.
    The castanets feature solid rosewood clappers and a simple belt-tension adjustment that can be set to micro-fine settings and remain consistent while using. The comfortable lightweight oak handle ensures that these castanets are easy to hold and play for extended periods of time. In addition, the GWC-2R castanets come with free protective covers, making them easy to store and transport safely.

    These castanets are slightly smaller and brighter sounding than Grover’s large granadillo model, providing a unique sound and tone that will set it apart. These castanets are perfect for musicians who demand the best in terms of sound quality and performance capabilities. The Rosewood Castanets come with a limited lifetime guarantee.

    For more information, visit

    Grover GCX SnareGCX™ Snare Drum
    Grover Pro has announced the GCX™ Concert Snare Drum, designed specifically for percussionists who are still learning their craft, making it the simplest and most forgiving concert snare drum available.

    The GCX has been engineered to produce refined crystal-clear clarity and super-sensitivity that aids in the execution of the softest dynamic passages. It features professional caliber multi-tonal CX snares that are pretensioned at the factory and never need balancing. Additionally, the innovative “Radial” bearing edge provides more contact between the batter head and shell, bringing sonic clarity in the softer dynamic range.

    One of the key features of the GCX is its “2-Tone” Magnetic muffler, which is the only snare drum muffler that features this technology. The muffler instantly locks into the optimal position thanks to internal rare earth magnets, providing two distinct dampening surfaces, which result in different degrees of muffling. Whether you like it extra dry or with a splash of resonance, the muffler is there to provide the perfect sound.

    The GCX also includes a 10-ply cross-laminated all-maple shell, distinctive single point “bow tie” lugs, ADV nodal venting, a simple single lever throw-off, and a heavy-duty case. It has only one tension knob adjustment, making it incredibly easy to play.

    For more information, visit

    Grover Dual Action CastanetDual Action Castanet Machine
    Grover Pro Percussion has introduced the Grover Pro Dual Action Castanet Machine. This is the only castanet machine on the market that offers two settings to optimize dynamic range response. 

    This model of castanets are slightly smaller and brighter sounding than Grover’s large granadillo model, and feature medium-sized clappers made of solid Rosewood. The tension of the castanets is fully adjustable, thanks to the simple tension adjustment knob that can be set to micro fine settings, remaining consistent throughout use.

    In addition, the Grover Pro Dual Action Castanet Machine boasts a compact footprint, which makes it ideal for tabletop or cymbal-stand mounting. It is designed to offer superior sound quality and performance for musicians of all levels. This product is backed by Grover Pro's limited lifetime guarantee.

    For more information, visit

    LP Tito Puente Timbale and CowbellsLATIN PERCUSSION 
    Tito Puente Signature Timbale and Cowbell Sets
    Latin Percussion (LP) has launched the limited-edition Tito Puente Signature Timbale and Cowbell sets to mark the centennial of the birth of “El Rey del Timbal.”

    Famed composer, bandleader, and percussionist Tito Puente had a career that spanned more than five decades. He played with many leading jazz performers including George Shearing, Dizzy Gillespie, and Woody Herman. Tito was a revered ambassador for Latin jazz and the Latin Percussion brand with hit songs such as “Oye Como Va.”

    The limited-edition Tito Puente Centennial Timbale Set, based on LP's Tito Puente Steel Timbales, have a retro feel with rolled out bottoms and a special Green Badge reminiscent of LP’s original timbales. Each set is laser engraved with Tito's signature and numbered. LP will be producing a limited run of 200 units making them a true collector's item. The set includes a 14-inch and 15 x 6½-inch stainless steel shells, a heavy-duty stand, cowbell bracket, timbale sticks, and tuning wrench.

    Also available is the matching limited-edition Tito Puente Signature Cowbell set. The set contains the two preferred cowbell models played by the maestro throughout his career. The 7½-inch Prestige has strong middle overtones and was Tito’s signature bell and sound. The bright pitch of the 5-inch chrome-plated Deluxe Black Beauty, with Tito’s signature stamped on the face, is the perfect complement. Both bells are made in the USA and feature LP’s patented self-aligning eye bolt, which accommodates 3/8-inch to half-inch mounting rods.

    To find out more about the limited-edition Tito Puente Signature Timbale and Cowbell sets, plus other Latin Percussion products, go to #wearerhythm

    Native Instruments MK3NATIVE INSTRUMENTS 
    Accessibility Helper tool for Maschine MK3
    Native Instruments has released the NI Accessibility Helper, a new lightweight app that works with Maschine software to help visually impaired producers and beatmakers.

    The Accessibility Helper works by enabling Maschine users to hear touch-triggered audio cues that read out each control that is used, with all encoders, pads, and screen-menu items identifiable in this way. Additionally, the Accessibility Helper provides a degree of in-app help and orientation over the hardware, which are triggered via computer keyboard input.

    First introduced for Maschine MK3, the NI Accessibility Helper will soon be available for use with more NI hardware devices as part of NI’s commitment to developing new tools that empower producers to create without barriers. 

    The Accessibility Helper is now available for all owners of Maschine+ and Maschine MK3 via Native Access.

    Safestix Drumstick GripsSAFESTIX
    Drumstick Grips
    Designed to extend the life of your favorite drumsticks, SafeStix™ is a low-cost, luxurious, and velvet-like anti-slip grip-sheath that firmly binds to the butt of your drumstick in mere minutes so you can continually perform comfortably and accurately, even under the most aggressive and sweatiest of performance conditions, gig-after-gig. 

     SafeStix™ will not only dramatically increase gripping, striking and performance power, as well as stick strength and resiliency to prevent breaking, fraying and splintering, the primary function of SafeStix™ is to extend the useability and lifespan of drumsticks by up to, if not more than, 400%. 

    SafeStix™ wraps are 8 inches long, can be trimmed with scissors to custom lengths, and will fit all 7A, 7B, 5A, and 5B drumsticks. SafeStix™ are available in Black and are sold one pair per package.

    To order online, visit SafeStix.Rocks

    DW Alex Gonzalez DW SnareTOCA PERCUSSION
    30th Anniversary Margarita Congas, Bongos and Cowbells
    Toca Percussion is proud to celebrate its 30th anniversary with the introduction of the Limited Edition Margarita Congas, Bongos and Cowbells. These instruments feature luminescent shells adorned with one-of-a-kind anodized hardware, topped with white Remo Nuskyn heads, and finished off with the 30th-anniversary logo on the heads and nameplates. The drums have 28-inch tall, seamless fiberglass shells. The bigger belly shape produces deeper bass tones and crisp highs. 

    The bodies of the 30th Anniversary Cowbells mimic the luminescent shells of the drums and come in bongo and timbale bell versions. The 30th Anniversary logo is adorned on the face of each bell.

    For more info, visit

    Evans Sunhouse TechMulti-Use Bongo Stand
    Toca Percussion has introduced the Toca Multi-Use Bongo Stand, a versatile and durable stand that combines the functionality of seated bongo stands and bongo arms into one product. The Toca Multi-Use Bongo Stand allows musicians to play the bongos while seated on a throne or attach them to a double conga stand. With its C-Clamp bongo mount and adjustable height and angle, this stand is fully customizable to meet any playing style.

    Designed to fit any double conga stand, this sturdy and durable stand adds extra bongos to your set, without taking up floor space, making it an ideal add-on for any drummer or percussionist. 

    For more info, visit

    Toca Jingle SnapToca Jingle Snap
    Toca Percussion announced the Toca Jingle Snap™. This accessory allows drummers to add a jingle sound to their backbeat with precision and control. With the Toca Jingle Snap, drummers can keep access to that jingle sound close to their sticks and hit it whenever they want. This stickable jingle provides a precise accent only when needed, because it’s mounted directly onto the snare instead of to a constantly moving hi-hat. This small accessory packs a big sound or quiet jingle, and leaves the drummer in control. 

    Designed to fit onto any acoustic drum, the Toca Jingle Snap™ features four nickel-plated steel jingles that add texture. Its black powder-coated metal frame ensures durability and long-lasting use.

    For more info, visit

    Toca Grabber MountGrabber Percussion Mount
    Toca Percussion has launched the Toca Grabber™ Percussion Mount. The percussion mount is designed to easily add percussion or small cymbals to drum sets, congas, or timbales. The Grabber can be securely mounted on any common drum rim to add percussion accessories, or microphones exactly where they're needed. The mount is also ideal for drum kit setups, percussion rigs, and even marching drums. The Grabber comes equipped with a standard percussion rod that is angle adjustable to fit your exact needs. 

    One of the key features of the Toca Grabber is its ability to fit nearly every standard drum rim, making it a versatile addition to any drummer or percussionist's toolkit. This percussion mount securely holds accessories or microphones, and is height adjustable to ensure perfect placement of the equipment. The Grabber's angle adjustability allows the user to position their accessories at any angle they require.

    The Toca Grabber Percussion Mount promises to make customization of drum sets and percussion rigs much easier and more efficient.

    For more info, visit

    Toca Drumset TimbalesDrum Set Timbales with Snares 
    Toca Percussion has announced the release of two new drum set timbales, equipped with snares. These new instruments provide drummers with an expanded range of sound options, and are perfect for drummers looking to add new elements to their music.

    The first of these two new timbales is the 12x4 version, which features a stunning stainless-steel finish. The smaller head size of this timbale makes it easy to place in tighter spaces, while the steel shells provide maximum sustain, brightness, and clarity. What's more, this timbale comes equipped with a snare, enabling drummers to easily transition from a unique timbale sound to a snappy snare sound.

    The second of Toca's new drum set timbales is the 12x7 model, which boasts all the same features as its smaller counterpart, but with a deeper ring and a hand-hammered stainless-steel finish. Both these drum set timbales come with a heavy-duty mount that accommodates a variety of rods and tom holders, making them easy to place on any drum set.

    For more info, visit

    TocabCommuterbCongasCommuter Congas
    Toca has introduced the Commuter Conga, a portable drum that is perfect for musicians on the go. The Commuter Conga is available in 10-inch and 11-inch head sizes and comes standard with Remo Fiberskyn heads.

    Musicians can purchase drums separately or choose from one with a single stand or both sizes with a double stand. The lugs are accessible at the top, making it simple and quick to adjust the sound and tuning.

    The 10-inch drum comes with a 3-inch diameter port on the bottom, allowing the highs to ring loud and true while letting the slaps come through. The 11-inch drum comes with a 6-inch diameter port on the bottom, allowing for mid-tones and just the right amount of bass.

    Both single and double stands are made from heavy-duty steel and feature an adjustable arm that holds either size of the Commuter Conga in tight. Musicians can even add a third Commuter Conga to get a true Quinto, Conga Tumba setup.

    For more info, visit

  • Product Showcase — April 2023

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Apr 03, 2023

    PDP Concept-Series Metal SnaresPDP 
    Concept™ Select and Concept™ Series Extensions
    Pacific Drums and Percussion (PDP) announced the addition of five new metal snare drums, extending its PDP Concept™ Select and Concept™ Series Snares in a range of sizes and metals.

    New to the range of its flagship Concept™ Select Snares are the 8 x 14 Aluminum and 8 x 14 Bell Bronze snares featuring seamless 3mm shells with a unique laser-engraved Art Deco insignia emblazoned on each drum. These curated heavy metal shells are finished with chrome dual-turret lugs, 20-strand snare wire, True-Pitch® tension rods, DW MAG™ throw-offs, and DW Heads™ by Remo. The Aluminum snare is fitted with natural walnut wood hoops secured with vintage low-profile claw hooks, while the Bronze version comes with triple-flange hoops.

    Extending the range of Concept™ Series Metal Snares are the new 5 x 14 Aluminum, Brass, and Copper snare drums, which are all fitted with double-beaded rolled 1mm shells and finished with a brushed exterior for a bold, vintage-style satin appearance and glimmer. The hardware offers stylish dual-turret lugs and high-end DW appointments like a DW MAG™ throw-off, True-Pitch® tuning rods, 20-strand snare wire, and DW Heads™ by Remo.

    To find out more about the PDP snares and all the other PDP drums and accessories, visit or look for #TeamPacficDrums on social channels.

    PDP Mapa BurlLimited-Edition Mapa Burl Drum Kit and Matching Snare
    Pacific Drums and Percussion (PDP) introduced the 2023 limited-edition Concept™ Series Mapa Burl 4-piece shell pack and matching Concept™ Series Mapa Burl Snare.

    Available for 2023 only, this limited-edition shell pack and matching snare are crafted from 7-ply 100% pure European Maple and wrapped in a beautiful figured Mapa Burl veneer. The swirling patterns of this top-quality veneer have been enhanced with a clear lacquer finish that allows the wood grain to shine through. This spectacular look is framed by a striking black burst finish, and all drums feature a special PDP limited-edition badge.

    The drums are all fitted with antique bronze hardware, stylish dual-turret lugs, and high-end DW appointments including the S.T.M (Suspension Tom Mounts), True-Pitch® tuning rods, and DW Heads™ by Remo.

    The pre-configured shell pack consists of 8 x 10 and 9 x 12 rack toms, a 14 x 16 floor tom, and an 18 x 22 kick drum. A matching 5.5 x 14 snare drum is available separately to accompany the setup.

    To find out more about the 2023 limited-edition Concept™ Series Mapa Burl 4-piece shell pack, the matching Mapa Burl Snare, and all the other PDP drums and accessories, visit or look for #TeamPacficDrums on social channels.

  • Product Showcase — March 2023

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Mar 02, 2023

    Black Swamp WoodblocksBLACK SWAMP
    Overture series
    Black Swamp Percussion announced the official launch of their Overture series, a line of entry-level instruments designed by concert percussionists, with a sound specifically intended for band and orchestral performance. Overture products uphold the Black Swamp standards of design and performance, while providing world class instruments at a value accessible to every level of musician.

    Black Swamp Percussion is adding the two new product categories below to their existing Overture tambourine, model TDOV.

    The Overture Castanet Machine features fiber castanets secured directly to a ply Birch frame using a unique elastic-free design. The fiber castanets are durable, have an excellent response, and are incredibly easy to play.

    Overture Woodblocks feature solid rubberwood construction with a tight grain for increased durability. The tone is bright and focused, producing a sound specifically intended for band and orchestral repertoire.

    For more information, visit

    Malletech StilettoMALLETECH
    Malletech has recently upgraded their Stiletto keyboard geometry and increased the bass resonator diameters without increasing the size of the low-octave reaches. More powerful, cleaner bass, less non-harmonic overtones, and shorter reaches to the far side of the sharps for stick clicks on such pieces as “Rhythmic Caprice.” The Stiletto2 has the same width bass bars and resonator diameters as the biggest 5-octave marimba made by the biggest musical instrument company in the world, but with a “normal” 22-inch C1 to C2 reach! It has the same solid frame, height adjustment, 6-section drop-in resonator system, and tunable tubes like an Imperial or Roadster, but smaller, lighter, and less expensive.

    The Stiletto Marimba comes with a honey-finished oak frame with black aluminum hardware and black aluminum resonators. The standard Stiletto Marimba has tunable resonators in the first 1.5 octaves, and standard resonators for the rest of the instrument. Full-range tunable resonators are also available; contact your preferred retailer for pricing and availability.

    For more information, visit

    Roland VMH-D1_01ROLAND
    Premium Headphones for Electronic Drum Kits
    Roland introduced the VMH-D1 V-Drums Headphones, a complete personal monitoring solution purpose-built for electronic drumming. Co-developed by Roland and V-MODA, these unique headphones deliver premium sound that realizes the full sonic potential of V-Drums or any other e-kit. They are comfortable to wear and outfitted with smart, practical details.

    The VMH-D1 is the first collaboration between the Roland V-Drums team and V-MODA, the leading name in headphones for DJs and electronic musicians. Working closely through many development stages, they crafted a special design that couples custom 50mm drivers with select materials, and new mounting methods to accurately translate the aggressive transients, wide frequency range, and rich overtones of every electronic drum set.

    The VMH-D1 delivers a custom-tuned sound experience that connects the player with the sound like no standard music headphones. They will enjoy high-impact audio reproduction with tight, punchy bass for kick tones; warm, full midrange for the snare and toms; and smooth, extended highs for the cymbals. And with the big soundstage and crystal-clear separation, subtle drum overtones; natural cymbal decay; room sounds; and ambience effects are presented in full 3D detail.

    The VMH-D1 provides long-wearing comfort with large memory-foam earpads and a cushioned headband for extended playing sessions. The earpads offer excellent isolation from acoustic pad noise and outside distractions. The synthetic leather covering offers moisture-wicking properties to reduce slippage and keep the phones from moving when working up a sweat.

    The VMH-D1 comes with a 10-foot cable that provides plenty of length for routing it out of the way while playing, along with a restraint for securing the cable behind the head and onto the floor behind the drum throne. A hanger is also included, which can be attached to a drum or cymbal stand to stow the headphones when not in use. A prominent red “R” on the right earcup makes it easy for the player to see the correct orientation when putting on the phones.

    Though tuned for drums, the full-range VMH-D1 headphones are great for music listening, too. Drummers can enjoy high-fidelity sound while jamming with favorite songs, playing with backing tracks, and recording with music-production software. There is also a shorter 5-foot cable for casual listening away from the drums, plus a carrying pouch to keep the VMH-D1 protected while on the move.

    To learn more, visit

    TRX Custom DesignTRX
    Online Platform Lets Drummers Custom-Design Cymbals
    To better meet the wants and needs of today’s players, the new Custom Cymbal builder on the TRX Cymbals website has been developed to give drummers the opportunity to design their own cymbals and have them made to order by TRX’s master cymbalsmiths.

    The TRX Custom Cymbal builder guides drummers through a step-by-step process that covers the 10 factors that determine a cymbal’s sound, appearance and performance, including: Type, Size, Weight, Bell Size/Finish, Hammering, Lathing, Finish, Ventin, and Rivets.

    In addition, each drummer can choose to have cymbals personalized by having their name and/or logo laser engraved on the cymbals. To learn more, visit

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