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  • Product Showcase — June 2022

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Jun 01, 2022


    Carlos Santana Signature Series Expanded
    Latin Percussion (LP) has announced another collaboration with multi-Grammy Award winner and philanthropist Carlos Santana. The existing lineup of Santana branded drums and collectables now features Africa Speaks and Black Magic instruments to further complement the line.

    The all-new Africa Speaks congas are constructed utilizing three-ply Siam Oak staves and are finished in a Yellow Stain Lacquer that is embellished with the “African Mask” graphic art from Santana’s 2019 release. Included in the collection are matching Bongos, Quinto, Conga, and Tumba. All are custom fitted with handpicked rawhide heads and chrome Comfort Curve II rims.

    Also new to the LP Santana offering are a newly-designed set of 10- and 11-inch Aspire Black Magic congas. The drums come complete with a sturdy double conga stand, and a matching set of bongos is also available. The Siam Oak shells are finished in a Black Sparkle Lacquer with black powder-coated hardware and natural rawhide heads.

    Two new Santana mini-tunable congas have also been added to the collection. The first design is an exact mini replica of the Africa Speaks pro conga. Others include an elegant Black Lacquer drum featuring the Santana Lion Art album artwork and a White Lacquer drum with the classic Abraxas artwork. The tunable and playable minis are 11 inches tall with 4 1/2-inch rawhide heads, a mini Comfort Curve rim and brushed nickel-plated hardware.

    To find out more about the Africa Speaks, Black Magic, and mini-conga ranges, plus all the other Latin Percussion products, visit

    LP Alex Gonzalez CowbellAlex González Signature Cowbell
    Latin Percussion (LP) has partnered with Maná drummer Alex González to introduce a new cowbell to its range of percussion instruments. Made in the USA, the Alex González Signature Cowbell is an 8-inch mountable cowbell with a rich cutting sound that is low pitched and moderately dry.

    Alex and his band Maná created a revolution in music by becoming the most successful Latin-American band of all time, winning multiple Grammy, Latin Grammy, and Billboard Latin Music awards. The versatile drummer deftly manipulates the many stylistic changes in the band’s sound, elegantly switching between energetic reggae grooves and hard-hitting rock anthems.

    The Alex González Signature Cowbell truly reflects his personal sound. The collaboration resulted in a distinctive cowbell that is embellished with a striking rose graphic synonymous with Maná and familiar to fans all over the world. The rose artwork is embedded into the metal using LP’s proprietary process to deliver long-lasting, great looks.

    The bell is loud and rock ready. The high-impact ridge offers just the right overtones, making it perfect for both studio and stage. The patented Jenigor bar dampens sound and resists denting, giving the instrument a long playing life. The patented LP Vise-Clamp tightly grips 3/8- to 1/2-inch diameter arms, making it a go to bell for heavy hitters.

    To find out more about the Alex González Signature Cowbell, plus all the other Latin Percussion products, visit

    Traction Chop SueyTRACKTION
    New Kick Drum Plugin
    Tracktion Corporation has released Chop Suey, the new kick drum plugin from Dawesome and the renowned techno producer Björn Torwellen.

    Sinee and Dawesome is a collaboration between mathematician and AI veteran Peter V (Aka Dawesome) and German techno star Björn Torwellen. Peter V is the creator of the powerful sound engine Abyss, a synthesizer with a fresh and unique approach to music production. The multi-talented artist, DJ, and music producer Björn Torwellen said of Chop Suey, “This plugin is the result of what I’ve learned about kick drum design over 20 years.”

    A kick drum is one of the most essential elements of beat-driven music, and getting it to work well with the bass is fundamental to a successful track. Musicians are always looking for the perfect kick, one that combines a nice transient with a cool punch and a boomy tail. Most applications layer sound. This rarely works for kicks, resulting in a weak, muddy mess. The versatile Chop Suey plugin allows users to sequence rather than layer elements, thus removing any phasing issues, leaving a kick sound that has a crisp transient, punchy body, and thundering end.

    Chop Suey is a visual precision tool that allows users to finely edit each element of the sound, shaping individual parts without affecting or weakening the others. The plugin workflow has been designed to respond quickly to parameter variations, meaning it can react rapidly to changes in resonance consequently minimizing zipper noises or artefacts.

    Made by music makers for music makers, Chop Suey is a sound design powerhouse that offers everything needed to build complex, hard-hitting bass drums for house, techno, hip hop, and all other styles of dance music.

    To find out more, visit

  • Product Showcase — May 2022

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | May 04, 2022

    Soy Wax and Drum Dampener
    In an effort to directly address sustainability within ongoing product development and an initiative to introduce more eco-friendly accessories into their catalog of products, Black Swamp Percussion has released a new soy tambourine wax and wood drum dampener.

    The new Black Swamp soy wax is manufactured from a highly renewable material and packaged using a recycled sleeve and sticker. Wax is poured into an easy-to-use tube and applies smoothly to the tambourine head surface. This helps enhance friction for performing finger rolls, rivaling the performance of traditional beeswax thumb-roll compound.

    The new Black Swamp wood drum dampeners are made from lumber cut offs and feature a wide variety of exotic and domestic lumber reused for drum dampener construction. Dampeners are 5 inches long and 1 1/8 inches wide. Felt backing both muffles and reduces movement, while still retaining the tone your drum needs to sound its best. Besides repurposing lumber, Black Swamp is also utilizing a recycled sleeve for BSDD packaging.

    For more information, visit

  • Product Showcase — April 2022

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Apr 06, 2022

    Majestic Opus One

    Opus One Orchestral Snare Drum Series
    Featuring the most desirable attributes of coveted vintage snare drums combined with modern design advancements, the new series was created over several years in collaboration with some of the percussion world's most notable players. Ranging in size from 14 x 4 inches to 14 x 7 inches, the drums are offered in a variety of shell materials including brass, cherry, and cast iron, which is reminiscent of famous vintage “sewer pipe” drums. The Opus One Orchestral Snare Drum series will be available at authorized Majestic retailers in April 2022, with the release of an additional model anticipated later this year.

    Each model comes equipped with its own set of hybrid snare cables, specific drum head combinations, and suggested tuning ranges to help players achieve a great sound right out of the box. Additionally, each drum was curated with a custom-designed frequency modifier accessory to help players achieve a wide variety of sonic textures. The drums are perfectly suited for professional orchestral stages, modern percussion ensembles, solo performance, or a variety of audition situations in addition to providing a thoughtful option for high-level school programs that prefer the streamlined design and reliability of a single throw-off style snare drum.

    Pearl Redesign CX AirframePEARL
    Redesigned CX Airframe 2 Carriers and PLUS Size Add-On Assemblies
    Built off Pearl's CX Airframe Carriers, the CX Airframe 2 models feature the same lightweight profile with rugged durability, yet have been reengineered for increased comfortability to suit players of all genders, body shapes, and sizes in the marching arts.

    CX Airframe 2 Carriers feature reshaped Airframe shoulder and chest sections for improved comfort and maximum range of motion and support for an all-inclusive variety of body styles. Affixed to a lightweight, customizable belly plate and featuring Pearl’s Agility Control System (ACS) Belt and CX mounting hardware, CX Airframe 2 Carriers deliver a highly adjustable and comfortable marching experience wherever performance takes you.

    Available separately as add-ons for CX Airframe 2 Carriers, new PLUS Size Shoulder Assemblies provide an expanded form, ensuring a comfortable fit for performers benefiting from the added space.

    For more information on CX Airframe 2 Carriers, visit

    Sabian HHX AnthologySABIAN
    HHX Anthology
    Sabian Ltd. has announced a new collection of cymbal designs added to the HHX series of professional cymbals. HHX Anthology is a creative collaboration between the master artisans at Sabian and world-renowned drummer and musician Jojo Mayer.

    Developed over three years, the Anthology series has been created to be the most versatile cymbals Sabian has ever offered. They are simplicity refined, designed to enhance every drummer’s capability in tackling the most musical styles and situations. Traditional labels of ride and crash do not apply to Anthology, as they possess all of those qualities and more; it will be the player who designates the purpose of Anthology.

    Jojo Mayer says, “Anthology is a return to essence, a re-orientation towards new possibilities and thinking, an instrument that transcends labels and inspires individual expression.”

    Features and benefits include an always “there” stick sound, extended dynamic range of crash and sustain, controllable wash with beautiful shimmering sound, and sounds and playability applicable to more musical styles and acoustic scenarios than ever before.

    Anthology comes in two versions: Low Bell and High Bell, both offered in 22-inch, 18-inch, and 14-inch hi-hat sizes. The Low Bell adds more control to the cymbal, which leans toward a traditional, sensitive, and elegant sound. The High Bell boosts the amplitude of a cymbal which leans to a contemporary, bold, and projecting sound. To ensure these instruments make a highly unique and personal musical statement, each cymbal’s weight is measured and inscribed inside the bell by the cymbal smith.

    For more information on HHX Anthology cymbals, visit

    Touch Series Cymbals
    Developed in conjunction with world-renowned cajon and hand percussion specialist Nasrine Rahmani, cymbals in the Touch Series are designed to be played by hand. Included in the custom-made line are 9-, 10-, and 12-inch splashes, 14-inch crash, 18-inch crash-ride, 20-inch sizzle-ride, and dark and bright versions of the 13-inch hi-hats.

    “We wanted to create a range of cymbals that would meet the needs of a diversity of drummers and drumming styles,” Nasrine explains. “The cymbals sound great and can be used individually, together, or in any setup the situation requires. Plus, they all respond well to being played with the hands and fingers, as well as brushes and sticks.”

    Touch Series cymbals are now available exclusively from TRX and its worldwide network of distributors. For more information, visit

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