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  • Product Showcase — February 2024

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Feb 13, 2024

    DW Sounds Works Bronze Snare

    DRUM WORKSHOP, INC.
    DW Launches New Expansion Pack for DW Soundworks™ True-Cast™ 5 x 14” Bell Bronze Snare Drum

    OXNARD, CA (January 15th 2024) – Drum Workshop, Inc. (DW) launches new expansion pack for its premium virtual studio instrument (VST) and drum sample library, DW Soundworks™: True-Cast™ Expansion Pack, featuring the limited edition DW MFG True-Cast 5 x14” Snare Drum.

    Only one hundred of the DW MFG True-Cast 5 x14” Snare Drums were made in 2023. These sand-cast, seamless pure bronze drums, developed in conjunction with renowned drum educator and session player, Dave Elitch, offer a unique, potent voice which is dynamic and distinct.

    The powerful DW Soundworks™ software, is a virtual instrument that equips drummers, multi-instrumentalists, and producers with an expanding sonic palette of DW, Gretsch and Slingerland drum sounds, including ones not widely available, like the DW MFG True-Cast 5 x14” Snare Drum.

    The DW MFG True-Cast 5 x14” Snare Drum Expansion Pack captures the authentic tonality of the rare DW True-Cast 5 x14”snare drum with sounds sampled at 24-bit, 88.2 kHz in the DW factory. This realistic audio experience faithfully provides all the full attack, low-end punch and dark, earthy tonality of the original drum, making it widely available to all. DW Soundworks’ deep range of processing controls and effects means users can reproduce the DW MFG True-Cast 5 x14” Snare Drum sound specific to a particular microphone, room, ambience or dynamic.

    The new expansion pack is ideal for use with the DW’s wireless acoustic-electronic convertible DWe drum kit or as a VST plugin. It is PC and Mac (VST2, VST3, AU and AAX) compatible.

    To find out more about the DW MFG True-Cast 5 x14” Snare Drum Expansion Pack and DW Soundworks™ or to purchase please go to dwdrums.com/software/.


    Gretsch PurpleGRETSCH DRUMS

    New Gretsch Colors for 2024: Rosewood Twilight Gloss Lacquer, Classic Sunburst and Purple Marine Pearl

    Gretsch Drums is delighted to introduce three new finishes for its flagship USA Custom and Broadkaster kits made in the South Carolina factory: Rosewood Twilight Gloss Lacquer, Classic Sunburst, and Purple Marine Pearl, made famous by Nic Collins.

    The nitro-cellulose glass lacquer finish of the Rosewood Twilight dark fade makes this rich deep color feel warm and sumptuous. The vibrant crimsons bleed into darkening chocolatey burgundies giving the kit a glow and radiance.

    The timeless Classic Sunburst is a flash of vivid golden sunshine as it fades at sunset through muted oranges into earth browns. The hand-rubbed stain shows off wood grain to generate a vintage impression which is both striking and eye-catching.

    The Purple Marine Pearl was developed following a specific request from Nic Collins. Collins asked Gretsch to build a kit for a tour with Mike & The Mechanics with the exact look of Black Marine Pearl, only in purple. Liaising with the factory he agreed on the shade of purple and Purple Marine Pearl was born, a captivating, opulent, and decadent new Gretsch Nitron finish.

    The shell interiors of all the new finishes are completed with the classic Gretsch Silver Sealer and most importantly all have ‘That Great Gretsch Sound'!

    To find out more about the new finishes and all the other great Gretsch products, please go to gretschdrums.com.



  • Product Showcase — December 2023

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Dec 05, 2023

    DW Design Series Snares in Aluminum

    DRUM WORKSHOP, INC.
    DW Design Series Snares: Now In Aluminum

    The Drum Workshop, Inc. (DW) Design Series® range has been expanded with the addition of two Aluminum snare drums. The new thin, beaded, matte aluminum snares are superbly versatile with a distinctive sound for classic onstage vibes. The Design Series® snare has a 1mm rolled Aluminum shell and features high-end DW hardware including: The DW MAG™ throw-off which allows drummers to precisely adjust snare tension with a smooth, friction-free easy action, DW’s True-Pitch® rods that offer more exact tuning, low-mass mini-turret lugs for reduced shell tension, DW TrueTone® snare wires and rounded triple-flange hoops to provide drummers with open attack and rim shots.

    The new Design Series® Aluminum snare is available in two sizes, 5-½x14” and 6-½x14”. With thin beaded aluminum shells, these snares offer a more resonant tone with more overtones than their thicker rolled-shell cousins, while producing a rounder attack with drier resonance. The drums classy matte finish with DW patented chrome hardware.

    To find out more about The Design Series® Aluminum snare please go to dwdrums.com.

    DW MFG True Cast SnareDW Drums Launches Limited Edition 5x14” DW MFG True-Cast Snare
    DW is proud to announce an encore release of its highly sought after True-Cast Bell Bronze Snare with the launch today of the 5x14” DW MFG True-Cast Snare Drum assembled in the legendary California Custom Shop.  Previously, the company had issued a very limited run of True-Cast drums that were sold out within minutes of their release in late 2019.

    Designed by DW’s innovative product development team in conjunction with DW artist Dave Elitch, the sand-cast pure bronze shells offer a unique and powerful voice that’s both dynamic and distinct.  As the only drums bearing the DW Manufacturing (MFG) name, True-Cast snares include machined solid brass components lugs: Mini MAG throw-off™, butt plate, mini-Turret lugs and True-Pitch™ tension rods.

    The sand-cast, seamless bell bronze drum shell is machined with 45°bearing edges and precision snare bed. It also features a concave interior, graduating from 5mm at the edges to 3mm in the middle, mimicking the focused tonality of integrated reinforcement hoops. Machined True-Cast counter hoops add to the drum’s unique sonic properties and refined look. The drum is capped off with a 20-strand True-Tone™ snare wires and Remo Ambassador single-ply snare heads with DW MFG logos.

    Elitch commented on this project “I’m a drummer and a drum collector.  I’m passionate about the instrument and wanted to partner with DW to make the quintessential sand-cast bronze snare-made the right way. Every aspect of this drum was thought out and executed with the utmost care and attention to detail. The result is a modern-day legend, both sonically and visually.”

    Available exclusively from authorized DW Drum’s retail partners and distributors worldwide, only one hundred 5x14” drums will be produced. The drum comes packaged in a deluxe DW MFG flight case by Calzone and will include a signed certificate of authenticity.

    In December, DW will also release a True-Cast Snare Expansion Pack for DW Soundworks, Drum Workshop’s new virtual drums software. The True Cast Expansion Pack will make the True-Cast sound available to electronic drummers and music producers globally.

    To find out more about this True-Cast Bell Bronze Snare please go to dwdrums.com.

    DW SoundworksDrum Workshop Introduces DW Soundworks™ Virtual Drums Plugin New Software Includes Authentic Library Of DW, Gretsch, and Slingerland Drum Sounds
    DW is proud to announce the launch of their premium virtual studio instrument (VST) and drum sample library, DW Soundworks alongside the launch of their first-of-its-kind wireless acoustic-electronic convertible drum set DWe®.

    Designed by DW to deliver a powerful software solution, DW Soundworks puts the drummer in control of their sound. With an intuitive, simple interface and advanced controls for those who want to fine-tune every detail, the new software delivers the most authentic experience whether it is powering the DWe drum kit or being used as a VST plugin.

    The new DW Soundworks platform incorporates all the expertise, creativity, development, and refinement expected of a DW product. This virtual instrument offers a comprehensive collection of drum sounds which cater to a wide array of musical styles and genres. DW Soundworks is the solution for DW, Gretsch, and Slingerland drum sounds.  

    DW Soundworks samples capture the authentic tonality of the company’s drums for a realistic audio experience. The core library features drum kit samples from the DW Collector's Series® line including DW Pure Maple®, DW Maple Mahogany and limited-edition kits no longer in production including the DW 50th Anniversary and DW Pure Almond® kits. Additionally, DW Soundworks includes a Gretsch USA Custom kit, and the personal 1958 Slingerland kit of DW’s founder Don Lombardi. The drums were sampled to the exacting specifications of DW with 18 dynamic layers per sample and recorded at the DW factory with best-in-class microphones, high-quality microphone preamplifiers plus a variety of compressors and equalizers. Future expansion packs will offer users even more drum kit choices.

    Building on the brand’s reputation as a custom drum manufacturer, customization is built right into DW Soundworks and now in the hands of the music producer. Effects can be used to fine tune the library’s sound samples; equalization (EQ), compression, reverb, plus other processing options allow users to shape their drum sound and can be applied either to individual drum elements or to the entire drum kit. The software supports up to 30 active instruments, has seamless DAW compatibility, and a library of high-quality, DW acoustic drum sounds recorded at 24-bit resolution and a sampling rate of 88.2 kHz. It is Apple MacOS & Microsoft Windows compatible.

    The powerful and user-friendly virtual drum software DW Soundworks fulfills the demands of musicians and producers alike. It is a top-tier electronic drum instrument with unmatched quality, versatility, and realism, which offers an expandable library of samples and effects with countless controls to produce a drum sound to your exact tastes.

    To find out more about DW Soundworks™ please go to www.dwdrums.com/software.

    DW Acoustic Electronic Converible DrumDW Drums Introduces DWe®, The World’s First Wireless Acoustic-Electronic Convertible Drum kit New Innovation Seamlessly Blends Artistry with Breakthrough Technology
    DW is proud to announce the launch of DWe, a first-of-its-kind wireless, acoustic-electronic convertible drum set. Under development for several years, DWe is designed to blur the lines between acoustic and electronic drums and deliver an authentic playing experience. DWe adds innovative, patent-pending technology to the artisan, handcrafted acoustic drum shells that DW is known for worldwide. DWe is DW electrified!

    DWe drums are fully convertible, handcrafted acoustic and electronic drums, offering drummers the best of both worlds. The kit’s 100% maple e33 shells are hand-built at DW’s factory in California, U.S.A. using the finest materials for the ultimate sound. Mounted within the shells are DWe’s new, proprietary electronic drum triggers featuring cutting-edge wireless technology with no latency. DWe drums are ready to play straight out of the box with no wires or cables required and are available in a choice of stunning finishes.  

    Innovation is built into every DWe kit. Intuitive features include a digiMAG™ snare throw-off, pressure-sensing cross stick detection, and pitch bend capabilities, which make DWe the most realistic playing experience available for electronic drummers. DWe uses an innovative wireless trigger solution that enables up to five zones and up to 18 dynamic layers per drum, giving you a natural range of dynamics for your playing. DWe cymbals are engineered for expression, with an authentic metal playing surface, three zones (edge, bow, bell), edge choke, and 360-degree playability. DWe leverages generations of quality standards and expertise from both Drum Workshop and Roland Corporation to deliver best-in-class dependability.

    Shipped with the DWe kit is DW’s new DW Soundworks™ virtual software instrument. It has drums and cymbals sampled by DW to their exacting specifications, giving drummers a range of premium samples with natural drum tonality. With an intuitive, simple interface and advanced controls for those who want to fine tune every detail, DW Soundworks™ delivers the most comprehensive experience whether it is powering the DWe kit or being used as a plugin in a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). In addition, the DW Soundworks™ platform will continue to grow with downloadable expansion packs including new kits, effects, and more.

    DWe is a breakthrough in acoustic-electronic convertible drums, built for drummers by drummers. They have been developed and tested by many of the most respected drummers including Nisan Stewart(Beyonce, Jay Z, Dancing with the Stars), Sheila E (Prince), Josh Freese (Foo Fighters), Trevor Lawrence Jr (Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre), Chad Wackerman (James Taylor, Frank Zappa), Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction, Porno for Pyro’s), Terry Bozzio (Missing Persons) and Thomas Lang (st0rk, session drummer).

    Every part of the playing experience has been designed with the drummer in mind. From the simplicity of wireless and industry-leading hardware to invisibly embedded technology and user-friendly software, the innovation in DWe is designed to let you focus on your playing.  

    To find out more about the pioneering new DWe drums please visit dwdrums.com/dwe. DWe is available in store in North America and Japan beginning in November 2023 and additional markets in 2024. Please check the DW website or ask your local dealer for availability in your local market.

    Gretsch Renegade SeriesGRETSCH DRUMS
    Gretsch Drums Introduces Renegade Series Drum Kits

    Gretsch Drums introduces the new Renegade Series; a drum kit with all the essentials at an affordable price. Each Renegade drum set is a complete five-piece drum kit which includes all the hardware, set of brass cymbals, and a pair of drumsticks; everything to get started straight away!

    Featuring shells manufactured to Gretsch’s exacting standards, this kit comprises a 16"×22" bass drum, 7"×10" and 8"×12" rack toms, a 14"×16" floor tom, and a 5"×14" snare drum. Each drum is fitted with classic full range Gretsch lugs, triple-flange hoops, and a bass drumhead featuring the iconic Gretsch logo.

    The drum kit also includes a full hardware pack: a bass drum pedal, hi-hat stand, snare stand, straight cymbal stand, and bass drum mounted double tom holder. The included brass cymbal pack consists of 13" hi-hats and a 15" crash/ride cymbal. The setup is completed with a Gretsch drum throne and a pair of drumsticks.

    The new, affordable Renegade Kits are available in four different colors, Grey Sparkle, Ruby Sparkle, Blue Sparkle, and Black Mist. Retailing at an amazing $599.00 (USA) the Renegade drum kits are as easy on the eyes as they are on the pocket.

    For more information about the new Renegade Drum Series and all the other Gretsch drums and artists please visit gretschdrums.com/. For information on pricing and availability outside the USA check with your local retailer.  

    LP Conga DIscover SeriesLATIN PERCUSSION
    Latin Percussion Adds Congas To Discovery Series A New Color of Rhythm

    LP expands its Discovery Series of percussion instruments with the addition of the all-new, lightweight, tunable Discovery Congas. See the new fun and easy to play congas here: youtu.be/RXpQ1D04XdA.

    Made with LP's Exclusive HD™ Shell Construction the Discovery Congas are built using a high-density plastic shell that offers a bright and punchy tone. The 10” and 11” drums feature natural rawhide heads for an authentic playing experience and EZ Curve rims for hours of comfortable play.  The 9/32” lugs mean the Discovery Congas are easy to tune and produce a dynamic sound suitable for the beginner and intermediate player. Also included is a double conga stand and a tuning wrench.

    The Discovery Congas are available in four vibrant colors: Black Onyx, Race Car Blue, Sea Foam, and Slate Grey. They are finished with black powder-coated hardware for stunning looks.  Their striking appearance and exciting sound make the new Discovery Congas the perfect way to leap into hand percussion.

    To find out more about the LP Discovery Congas and all the other Latin Percussion products, please go to lpmusic.com.

    Pearl Concert Toms UpgradedPEARL
    Pearl Concert Toms Upgraded with R2 Air & OptiLoc Suspension Systems

    For decades, Pearl’s Concert Series Toms have set the standard for powerful projection, tonal resonance, and reliable hardware, suiting percussionists from the concert hall to the outdoor stadium. For 2023, Pearl introduces its revolutionary R2 Air Suspension and Opti-Loc mounting systems to its three series of Concert Toms. 

    PTA Philharmonic and PTM Symphonic Series Double-Headed Toms are now equipped with Pearl’s revolutionary R2 Air Tom Suspension System, an exclusive four-point floating isolation system which attaches to the top and bottom of the drum. Available with both new GyroLock-L or Pearl's standard 7/8" tube arm. PTA Philharmonic and PTM Symphonic Series Single-Headed Toms are now equipped with Pearl’s Opti-Loc Suspension System, featuring a three-point isolation mount that provides solid, stable play and superior tom sustain. PTE Concert Series Toms have been upgraded with RL10 lugs and the new sturdy T895 Double Tom Stand. 

    PTA Philharmonic Series Concert Toms feature 100% 6-ply African Mahogany shells for rich sustain and powerful penetrating bass tones. PTM Symphonic Series Concert Toms feature a 6-ply, 7.5mm 100% Maple Shell for lush mid-tones and full sustain, and PTE Concert Series Toms feature a 6-ply, 7.5mm Poplar and Kapur composite shells which produce superb tone and excellent projection. 

    Pearl’s playable/displayable Drum Frame gives any image the Rock Star treatment! 

    For a totally personalized sonic and visual vibe, the Pearl Drum Frame is not only PLAYABLE as an added percussive voice, but DISPLYABLE as a visual showcase for customized artwork. 

    This 20" x5" single-headed bass drum can be mounted around the drum set for added low-end accents with any standard 10mm L-arm. It can be played with sticks as a "Gong/Pancake" bass, or with a bass drum pedal as a portable kick drum in smaller spaces. 

    The Drum Frame's included wall mounting kit lets it transition from your drumming space to an exhibit-worthy display, making it ideal for showcasing custom drum head art. 

    “We have been making Drum Frames out of scrapped bass drums for years as a way to preserve special graphics and awards,” says Kevin Packard, Pearl Combo Marketing Manager. “It’s mounted to look as if a bass drum is coming through the wall, and makes a great display for band graphics or prized photos.” 

    Using a simple upload tool at www.pearldrumframe.com, this affordable display and performance piece can be customized with a reusable vinyl drumhead cling featuring your own logo, design, or photo for less than $50 USD. Perfect for adorning any Studio, Study, Garage or performance space wall, the Drum Frame is playable/displayable reflection of your creative vision. 

    For more information on the Pearl Drum Frame, visit www.pearldrum.com

    Give the Pearl Drummer Gift Box: the perfect all-in-one Percussionist Present!
    Looking for the ideal gift to get the drummer in your life for this Holiday season? Surprise them with the new Pearl Drummer Gift Box! This all-in-one package featuring four professional drum maintenance accessories is exceptional for drummers of all skill levels. 

    “The team at our Nashville office is pretty much all working drummers,” says Pearl’s V.P. of Sales and Marketing Glen Caruba (himself an award-winning session and touring percussionist.) “We put the Drummer Gift Pack together with the items we would want to receive to make gigs go more smoothly.” 

    Each Pearl Drummer Gift Box features our 13-in-1 Pearl TechTool, the original FlipMute Drum Key, a bottle of Pearl Drum Polish, and a microfiber polishing cloth pre-loaded in a deluxe insulated parcel. 

    For more information visit www.pearldrum.com

    Pearl Expandable MalletSTATIONPearl Introduces Expandable and Powerful malletSTATION EM PRO 
    In 2017, Pearl revolutionized the electronic percussion space with the introduction of malletSTATION EM1, an adjustable range 3.0 octave electronic mallet controller powered by Keith McMillen Instruments. Today, Pearl once again redefines the electronic percussion experience with the introduction of malletSTATION EM PRO – a modern, expandable, powerful, and completely limitless premium instrument built for professionals. 

    EM PRO is not just an evolution of the original malletSTATION, but a complete departure in purposeful design. Whereas malletSTATION EM1 was designed to be light, portable, and USB-powered for the ultimate go-anywhere mallet controller, EM PRO is all about raw power, ultimate performance, and expandability. EM PRO is built around two separate components that work seamlessly together, allowing you to design the professional performance instrument of your dreams. 

    “We are very excited to bring the added power and performance of EM PRO to the malletSTATION product line. The range expandability of the EM PRO platform will allow players to build the instrument that they need, and the optional add-on sound card will give players a wide selection of world-class sounds. EM1 took percussion education and performance into new territory, and EM PRO has the potential to take it into a completely new dimension.” – Shawn Lafrenz, Sr. Marketing Manager, Pearl Corporation 

    "I love my EM1, but as soon as I played my first note on the EM PRO I knew Pearl had truly taken electronic percussion to the next level. The build quality, sensitivity, and versatility of the EM PRO is unmatched and I can't wait to incorporate this new instrument into my daily practice and performances,” said Pearl Artist Nate Skinner of VIBEAT. 

    malletSTATION EM PRO features a full-color, multi-line screen for navigation, programmable backlit touch-sensitive buttons and control sliders, both USB and 5 PIN MIDI connectivity, and a powerful optional sound card that can completely free you from a computer tether during live performance. 

    The 2.0 octave EMC control module features a modern 32-bit multiprocessor architecture that offers a quantum leap in speed and power over EM1, resulting in increased bar precision, accuracy, and extended dynamic range. EM PRO features Smart Fabric Technology, a Keith McMillen Instruments exclusive, allowing malletSTATION to be highly expressive, thin, and dynamic. 

    While the EMC Control Module provides the brains to EM PRO, the EMX Expansion Module brings creativity and individuality. Simply remove the end cap of the Control Module and slide on one, two, or three EMX Expansion Modules to create a 3, 4, or a complete 5 octave professional mallet instrument. Modules seamlessly lock together, and the inner aluminum structure creates a secure, precise, and rock-solid playing surface. Each expansion module also features an additional dedicated 8-bit onboard processor, so adding multiple octaves never impacts core performance. 

    The optional EM PRO sound card features a Quad-Core ARM 64-bit 2.0GHz processor and ships with an all-new lush, beautifully recorded Adams 5 octave Alpha Marimba and Alpha Vibraphone sampled by premium sound partner, Soundiron. Transfer sounds directly to your sound card over onboard Bluetooth or wired connection, and you are ready for endless performance opportunities. 

    malletSTATION EM PRO is completely different from anything that has ever come before. Modern, powerful, expandable, and completely limitless, malletSTATION EM PRO... only from Pearl. 

    Learn more: https://pearldrum.com/products/electronics/malletstation/malletstation-em-pro 

    Pearl Finalist Series 33Pearl Introduces Finalist Series Birch Marching Drums at Mid-Range Price
    To be a Finalist, you need a Championship attitude - and Finalist Series drums are ready for the challenge. Combining Pearl’s first-ever corps-style birch shell with Pearl’s world-renowned Championship Series Cast Aluminum hardware, Finalist drums are the answer for programs looking for a high quality, lightweight, and durable marching solution on a limited budget. 

    The FBX 14”x12” Finalist Snare drum features an all-new NanoTouch dual-action snare release system for maximum response in a 14.0 lbs. lightweight and easy-to-use design. The NanoTouch parallel action system allows the snares to be completely pulled away from the bottom head for easy tuning and adjustments to the 16-strand synthetic guts. The FBX Snare features an all-new “Vaulted” lightweight Edge Ring. Similar in design to the standard setting Pearl FFX edge rings, the new die-cast high-tension edge ring includes strategically cut “Vaulted” voids in the interior profile to reduce weight, while adding strength at each load-bearing tension post zone. 

    Finalist FMTB Tenor drums feature a new medium depth “Mid-Cut” shell for reduced weight, along with Pearl’s standard fully rounded bearing edges with maple reinforcement rings. In addition, Finalist 14” and 8” Single tenors and 15”x12” Traditional Tenors are available. 

    Finalist FBDB Bass drums feature a classic 6-ply all-birch shell available in 14”-30” diameters and a uniform 14” depth for all sizes. 100% Maple hoops cut to a 1.5” width provides a strong yet flexible tuning platform for all styles of playing. 

    Finalist Series drums are available in Polished Aluminum hardware and choice of #33 Pure White and #46 Midnight Black durable wrap finishes. All Finalist drums are CX Airframe 2 Carrier system compatible and are ready to take on the demands of any marching field. 

    Learn more: https://pearldrum.com/products/marching/finalist 

    Pearl Short Fuse Snare DrumPearl offers powerful snare drum pop at a low price with the Short Fuse Piccolo! 
    In the spirit of their classic effects snare drums from years past, Pearl’s new Short Fuse 13”x3.5” piccolo snare is an affordable way for developing players to expand their drumming voice. 

    Features 1mm powder coated Black Steel shell, single-point dual lugs, and quick release snare strainer for punchy timbale tones. Its tight, cracking tone is perfect for side or main snare play and punctuated accents. 

    “We were pretty knocked out by the sound of this drum in live testing,” says Raymond Massey, Pearl Director of Research and Development. “The Short Fuse cracks with a lot of power when you lay into it, but is surprisingly sensitive at lower volume.” 

    Placement around the kit is a breeze thanks to its compact size. One strike and you'll know, it doesn't take much to make the Short Fuse explode! 

    For more information on the Pearl Snare Drums, visit www.pearldrum.com

    Sabian StratusSABIAN

    SABIAN announces the global launch of STRATUS at PASIC
    Internationally acclaimed cymbal maker, SABIAN, announced the global launch of its STRATUS cymbal series at the 2023 Percussive Arts Society International Convention.

    STRATUS captures the quality of darker, more complex cymbals, but still incorporates a hint of shimmering brightness, which makes for the perfect tone. The combination of SABIAN’s B20 Bronze with STRATUS high-impact hammering, is the key to the rich, dynamic sound these cymbals produce. Featuring clear articulation, a warm wash and musical spread, STRATUS captures the entire sensory experience, with cymbals that feel as good as they sound.

    “At its heart, STRATUS is a professional-quality series that strikes the right balance between mainstream and professional performance in a beautiful design," said Stacey Montgomery-Clark, SABIAN’s Vice-President of Sales & Marketing. “There is not a cymbal series on the market that sounds even remotely close to STRATUS at this price point. We are so excited to bring this exciting new series to drummers everywhere.”

    The result of two years of intensive research and development, STRATUS was created by the SABIAN team alongside customers, artists, and industry insiders from across the world, with the goal of catering to the evolving needs of the modern drummer. It fills a clear gap in the market and is a continuation of SABIAN’s long legacy of industry leadership and sound innovation.

    “As a company we have always challenged the status quo to create products that redefine what's possible for all drummers, from those playing on the biggest stages to those jamming in their basements,” said Mark Love, Director of Research and Development. "This new series is no different. It introduces a new sound to our product offering—one that will surely help our players to take their sound to new heights.”

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  • Product Showcase — September 2023

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Sep 25, 2023

    D'ADDARIO
    D’Addario is thrilled to announce the release of the new Rudy Garcia signature marching stick

    As a new addition to the System Blue line of marching products, ProMark’s Rudy Garcia Signature Stick has broad appeal to marching percussionists who know the name or simply appreciate the excellence imbued into Rudy’s signature stick.

    The Rudy Garcia Signature stick was made to feel great in anyone’s hands and suit the needs of every player in the marching arts. Champion marching instructor Rudy Garcia designed his stick with an inverted triangle tip shape to allow smooth hand motion during tenor “sweeps,” as well as consistent sound across each drum. Coupled with the strong rebound profile, this hickory stick allows for elevated sound quality on snare and controlled movement on quads.

    "First and foremost, I wanted to create a stick that would feel great and fit the needs of all skill levels in the marching arts, says Garcia. After a few trials, we landed on a length of 16.9" with a .685’’ Diameter. This allowed for an impressive amount of control and comfort while playing. Coupled with the inverted triangle tip, this stick achieves amazing rebound and sound quality on both the Tenor and Snare drums."

    To learn more please visit https://ddar.io/RudyGarcia_PR

    LP Tavakoli CajonLATIN PERCUSSION
    Latin Percussion expands the Mona Tavakoli Signature MT Box Cajon range

    Latin Percussion (LP) is delighted to launch the LP® Mona Tavakoli Signature Lil' MT Box Cajon (LP1443L) and announce an upgrade to the LP® Mona Tavakoli Signature MT Box Cajon (LP14431), first launched in 2018.

    The improved LP® Mona Tavakoli Signature MT Box Cajon (LP14431) is now made from hand-crafted nine-ply Birch wood with a four-string factory tuned front and Peruvian-style back birch sound boards to give a more aesthetically appealing look and enhanced tone. The sizing remains the same at 18” x 11 ¾“ x 12”, and features LP’s Rapid Response Curve sound boards that enhance the separation of the bass and slap tones and Mona’s proprietary graduated three sound hole design.

    The new LP® Mona Tavakoli Signature Lil' MT Box Cajon (LP1443L) is based on the larger LP14431 and is a key element of Mona’s continuous passion to get more people playing drums and percussion! Its reduced dimensions of 11 ½ ” x 7 5/8” x 10” make it ideal for the smaller player. It is crafted from environmentally friendly eco-board with a Birch soundboard and fitted with a snare wire. Each of the non-playing surfaces of the cajon are brightly painted in red, blue, green, and yellow, which make it stand out in a crowd. Both models are decorated with Mona Tavakoli’s MT logo.

    Drummer, percussionist, singer, and performer Mona Tavakoli is best known for recording and touring with Jason Mraz for over a decade. She co-founded the Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls in Los Angeles and is also a founding member of the all-female rock band, Raining Jane.

    Latin Percussion Launches New Range of Frame Drums
    Latin Percussion (LP) continue to develop their collection of world percussion instruments with introduction of a new range of Frame Drums to include the Tar and Bendir.

    Based on some of the most ancient musical instruments the new Tar and Bendir frame drums have been designed and crafted to honor the traditional instruments of North Africa and the Middle East. They are played in a vertical stance on the lap using mainly one hand for accented beats and the other to hold the position and add finger rolls.

    Percussionist Randy Gloss, winner of Drum! magazine readers poll Award for Best Percussion Ensemble, has assisted LP in the design of the new Frame Drums. He and his percussion group can be seen playing them here youtu.be/K-I32xbnRPc.

    LP’s Tar frame drum is available in two depths, 2-½” and 4”, while the Bendir frame drum is available in 4” depth only. The 2-½” Tar is constructed using an 11-ply Poplar shell while the 4” Tar and Bendir are built from a 6-ply Poplar shell with a 12-ply tuning ring. The Bendir version has adjustable strings attached to the frame to act as a snare and create a buzzing sound when the drum is struck.

    All the frame drums are tunable, offered in diameters of 14”, 16”, 18”, and 20” and finished in Black Fade. Each features comfy, rounded thumb slots with through-shell tuning systems for easy playing and long-term durability. The synthetic head provides long-lasting pitch and an Easy-Clip enables a tuning key to be safely stored on the drum without interrupting playing. Each drum includes a tuning key and carry bag.

    LP KalimbasLatin Percussion Launches New Kalimbas Expanding Its Ethnic Percussion Range
    Latin Percussion (LP) is adding to its growing range of ethnic percussion instruments with Kalimbas in two sizes. LP already offers a range of African inspired percussion instruments such as Djembes, Bata, Shekere, and new Kalimbas extend the choice further. Watch the launch video at youtu.be/EDP4EHrFVJA.

    LP Kalimbas are based on the Mbira, an instrument played in Africa for thousands of years at religious ceremonies, weddings, and other social gatherings. Handheld and played with the thumbs, this cultural instrument was added to the UNESCO Representative list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2020 which classified it as "The art of crafting and playing Mbira/Sansi, the finger-plucking traditional musical instrument in Malawi and Zimbabwe".

    The 9-key LP Kalimbas are available in Solid Natural Ash (LP0209) or Deep Cherry finished (LP0219DC) versions. Both have nine Chrome-plated metal tines laid out in a C pentatonic scale that produce clear and pure notes, which when blended together, create beautifully layered tones. The alternative Deep Cherry finished version features a chambered Siam Oak body for added resonance.

    The 17-Key Kalimba, finished in Deep Cherry (LP0217DC), features a chambered Siam Oak body that fits comfortably in your hands and has a built-in vibrato side ports to add a sonic “wah” element to the sound.

    Latin Percussion Launches New Range of Rhythm Rods
    Latin Percussion (LP) is proud to launch its new range of synthetic and natural Rhythm Rods. The new rods, hybrids of regular sticks and brushes, offer drummers and percussionists greater versatility and a wider sonic range when playing.Watch the launch video here.

    The new synthetic rods are made by binding many thin, high-grade polymer shafts together. All feature a comfortable, non-slip rubber grip, an adjustable sleeve, and O-Rings so users can fine-tune their sonic palette by controlling the spread of the rods.

    The LP9911 Lightweight Rhythm Rods (7/8” diameter) and LP9912 Heavyweight Rhythm Rods (1-1/8” diameter) feature an exclusive reinforced core to give them superior balance, stability, and playability. The LP9913 -Synthetic Lightweight Adjustable Core Rhythm Rods (7/8” diameter) and the LP9914 Synthetic Heavyweight Adjustable Core Rhythm Rods (1-1/8” diameter) have a solid core with a retractable tip. This provides stability while allowing the user to set the perfect amount of articulation.

    The LP9917 Natural Rhythm Rods (1-1/4” diameter) are 13” long and are made from thin strips of organic material bound together. This natural material delivers enhanced dynamic control and rebound for drummers allowing users to customize their tone.

    The new range of LP Rhythm Rods offer drummers and percussionists a balance between sticks and brushes. They provide a wide range of creative textures: Wide, open rods provide a softer attack closer to the brush end of the sound spectrum making their warm sound ideal for small room acoustic performances. When the O ring is adjusted to make the spread tighter, the articulation increases and rods begin to behave more like sticks. The denser strike of the tighter spread gives a fat, rich sound when recording.

    Latin Percussion Launches Seven New Cajons & Deluxe Cajon Cushion
    Latin Percussion (LP) grows its expanding range of cajons with seven new options: The LP® Roundback Sub-Bass Cajon with a Birch or Mahogany Soundboard, the LP® Woodshop Cajon with a Black Stripe, Red Blur or Rare Ebony Artply Soundboards and two new LP® City Cajons with options of a 2-Voice Oak or Walnut Craftwood Soundboard. Also new is the LP® Deluxe Cajon Cushion.

    The LP® Roundback Sub-Bass Cajons have a plywood body measuring 19” x 14 ¼ ” x 14”. They have a chambered construction with a front-facing port for enhanced projection and a rounded body for extra bass tone. Both options feature two sets of premium snare wires and soundboards with rounded corners for added comfort when playing. The Birch soundboard (LP1461) has brighter attack which blends perfectly with the deeper bass tones, and the Mahogany soundboard (LP1461M) offers deeper and richer bass sound. Watch the launch video on the Roundback Sub-Bass Cajons at youtu.be/MNr_LHMGPws.

    All three models of the LP® Woodshop Cajon are made in small batches in LP’s European work shop. Measuring 19” x 11 ½” x 11 ¾”, these cajons feature two adjustable sets of strings for customised tone. The Birch body on all three models delivers an extensive dynamic sound range, and the Black Stripe(LP1491BS), Red Blur (LP1491RB) and Rare Ebony (LP1491RE) Artply soundboards offer eye-catching looks and crisp definition. Watch the launch video on the Woodshop Cajon’s at youtu.be/3_6IfG8BZXI.

    Both LP® City Cajons have bodies crafted from eco-friendly MDF and measure 19” x 11” x 10”. The 2-Voice option has a snare side and a Peruvian-style side that offers enhanced sonic possibilities with Oak soundboards for volume and heft. The Walnut Craftwood soundboard (LP1428NYSW) offers a warmer, softer sound. Both cajons are price conscious and aesthetically pleasing.  They are fun and easy to play, and provide clear distinction between snare and bass tones. Watch the launch video on the City Cajons at youtu.be/1aaIDGcQ1Lc.

    For those long cajon sessions LP has created the LP® Deluxe Cajon Cushion (LP1451). Made from an extra-thick, propriety blend of neoprene with a Comfort Cut front section, this deluxe cajon cushion gives players enhanced comfort. Fitting most standard size cajons, it offers players long-lasting support and freedom of movement.

    Latin Percussion Introduces Single Bass Timbales
    Latin Percussion (LP) introduces single Brass Timbales, extending the range of percussion instruments drummers can use to ‘LP Your Kit’. Watch the launch video on the 13” timbale here and the 14” timbale here.

    The inspiring ‘LP Your Kit’ array of drum set friendly percussion instruments offers drummers and percussionists the ability to add a wide range of sounds, effects, and tonal textures to their playing. All the instruments are kit ready and easily mountable.

    The new 6-½” Brass Timbales, fitted with chrome hardware, come in two sizes, 13” (LP6513-B) and 14” (LP6514-B) and a heavy-duty mount bracket. These new singles offer the same features as LP’s Prestige Timbales including compact sizing and a high-quality, patented top tuning system for rapid adjustments. The drums are crafted with a hefty rim and wide rib placement build to enhance rim shots and cascara. The substantial mount bracket allows the Brass Timbales to be fitted to any 3/8” – 1/2”mounting arm.

    These new stylish add-on drums will bring an authentic timbale sound to any rig that is a warm, bright tone with a dry cascara.

    For more information, visit lpmusic.com/ #wearerhythm

    PEARL
    Pearl expands Decade Maple drums with two new Satin Lacquer Finishes
    The emerging power drummer, gigging player, or up-and-comer can expect a fresh new selection of visuals for Pearl’s Decade Maple Series drums. Two new satin lacquer finish options are being introduced with the arrival of Blue Mirage (#208) and Rose Mirage (#849) for 2023. 

    Decade’s cross-laminated 6-ply all Maple shell incorporates Pearl’s proprietary Superior Shell Technology, resulting in a 5mm shell that projects with authority and presents with prestige. 

    Decade Maple Series now delivers a total of eight cultured lacquer finishes options for the player to choose from. This, along with low-mass/low-contact shell hardware, optimum shell performance, and the rock-solid promise of Pearl’s Lifetime Warranty make it an essential value for early-pro and gigging players. 

    Pearl Adds Ash With Makha DadoLoc Shell to The StaveCraft Snare Drum Collection 
    Producing sharp sonic focus and full-bodied volume for the heavy player, StaveCraft snares are a startling addition to any pro player's drumming soundscape. Now, these 25mm thick solid snare shells are available with the option of premium beveled Ash models to add increased biting CRACK! to your sound. 

    "Ash has always been a favorite shell wood for me," admits Pearl Corporation Combo Marketing Manager Kevin Packard. "It's a harder wood with a brighter voice and a more visually pronounced grain. In addition, the care and attention to detail that goes into the forming of each of these shells grabs you every time you look at them, so the combination of sound, feel, and look really inspires an awesome playing experience!" 

    Like pieces in an intricate puzzle, each two-layer stave shell receives an added stave of alternating Makha wood in the center Dado channel, increasing total shell strength by 50%. The shell is then lathed to a perfectly round 25mm thickness, hand lacquered, and fitted with our Swivel Tube Lugs and MasterCast die-cast counter hoops for added volume and tuning precision. 

    StaveCraft snare drums are also available in Makha with Thai Oak DadoLoc or Thai Oak with Makha DadoLoc shell options in two sizes for the perfect fusion of classic artistry and new-school performance. 

    Pearl’s Roadshow Series Adds Some Spice with Burnt Orange Sparkle Covered Finish
    Pearl's Roadshow Series is an all-in-one drum set solution for the student drummer. With four different drum set options for every size and style of drummer, Roadshow features everything the new (or revisiting) player needs to begin their rhythmic journey. 

    New for 2023, Burnt Orange Sparkle (#749) finish is added for a visually vibrant set-up in all available Roadshow Drum Set Packages. 

    Pearl takes the hybrid drum concept to new, unprecedented heights with Reference One
    By leveraging specific woods, shell thicknesses, and bearing edges exactly where they are most sonically beneficial within a drum set, Pearl originated the modern hybrid drum concept in 2005 with the introduction of Reference Series (Reference Pure, a thinner-shelled sibling, was introduced in 2011.) Building upon this legacy and adding revolutionary mounting and shell hardware enhancements, Pearl takes the hybrid drum concept to unprecedented heights with Reference One. 

    Reference One's custom-curated shell and hardware blend represents the best of both Reference and Reference Pure in a singular kit. With North American Maple, Birch, and African Mahogany from our Masterworks veneer vault, each drum in the complete kit hosts its own ply, edge, and thickness combination to best suit its sonic place. 

    "I have a Reference Pure kit I use in my home studio, and I love their tone for sessions," says Ray Luzier, Pearl Artist and drummer for Korn. "I use the Reference Series in my touring rig. Reference One is like a perfect combination of the two." 

    "When I'm playing them, I can hear the tonality difference going from the smaller toms all the way to the big toms," states Grammy-Winning Engineer/Producer Nick Raskulinecz. "The smaller toms have a brighter and spittier sound, and then as you get around across the lower toms, the bottom note is really nice and warm." 

    The combination of thinner EvenPly hybrid shells, Mastercast Die-Cast hoops, and Pearl's self-aligning STL Single Swivel Lugs deliver enhanced tone, increased near-field sustain, and adds a broader tuning range. Included with Reference One, Pearl's new R2 Air Tom Suspension System provides perfectly balanced, weightless tom suspension for high-yield tonal clarity. Finally, a dazzling array of Premium and Custom finishes is available to bring inspiration and define your drumming identity. 

    Pearl Redefines Drum Mounting Physics With The R2 Air Tom Suspension System
    The tonal physics of drum mounting is about to meet its match. Pearl presents the R2 Air, a revolutionary new tom suspension system that delivers totally unrestricted sound in mounted drums. 

    R2 Air's exclusive floating isolation platform is built on the understanding that every drum's optimal suspension area is in the CENTER of its shell. By balancing the tom's total mounting weight across two corresponding points at the top and bottom of the drum, R2 Air gives true tonal separation from mounting hardware and enhances sustain and resonance. 

    "The way the toms rang from the very setup was ridiculous," admits Grammy-Winning Engineer/Producer Dan Rudin. "There are really subtle tendencies for drums to get muffled as you change the geometry of the setup, and I didn't notice any of that with the R2 Air." 

    A studio sound test with Rudin at the board and legendary Pearl Artist Dennis Chambers revealed a host of surprises. "When I played the kit (with R2 Air mounted on the toms), my mind was blown," says Chambers. "I noticed that I have more freedom to move the drum any kind of way, in the position I want, and it's very, very easy to tune!'" 

    Sustain and tone can even be fine-tuned by adding the included rubber Damper Discs in one of four tension points. 

    Available with a 12mm vertical bracket or Pearl's traditional 7/8" tube receiver, R2 Air is available for 8" to 16" toms, improves the overall tone of the entire drum set, and delivers optimal tone at any angle with a single point of adjustment. 

    Pearl draws inspiration from classic MLX to introduce Professional Maple Series Drums
    Debuting in 1985 under the Professional Series title, Pearl's original MLX drums featured high-end elements uncommon for instruments of the era. Their all-Maple shell construction boasted a host of high-gloss lacquer finishes that quickly found a home with gigging and touring drummers alike. 

    Drawing from this classic combination, Pearl's newly updated Professional Series drums return with the spirit of the original and a refreshed presence for the experienced player. Featuring thin, EvenPly Six North American Maple shells, their lively sonic warmth projects with broad tonal frequency in performance. 

    "Professional Series drums have the essentials that MLX had, but with a more current feel," says Pearl Vice President of Sales and Marketing Glen Caruba. "Our team at Pearl is made up of active gigging drummers, and we put these kits through the paces to assure total satisfaction from everyone who plays one." 

    Our classic RL Lug, OptiMount Tom Suspension System, 2.3mm Superhoop II Triple-Flanged hoops, and Remo UT Pinstripe heads are added for strength and stability. A choice of three pre-configured shell packs in five classic Pearl transparent Gloss Lacquer finishes (and one Premium Wrap) assure a solid look and feel for varied venues and playing styles. 

    Finally, to save your stand footprint and cartage load, Pearl's original GryoLock independent bass drum-mounted tom holders deliver maximum adjustability and positioning without robbing the shells of tone or sustain. 

    Pearl’s Midtown Series Refreshed As All-In-One Drum Set With Giggable Hardware
    At home on the street and stage, Pearl's ultra-portable Midtown Kit has become a vital tool for the gigging drummer on the move. For 2023, Pearl offers Midtown as a complete drum set with sturdy, lightweight hardware to give the metropolitan player a total solution for the downtown sound. 

    This reduced footprint 4-piece kit comes standard in a choice of three wrapped finishes with the single-braced hi-hat, cymbal boom, and snare drum stands, as well as a locking bass drum-mounted cymbal holder, kick drum lift, and pedal at an exceptional price. 

    "We really wanted to make sure the shells and the hardware on this kit could stand up to the impact of an actual gig, so we really put this kit through its paces," says Pearl Corporation Director of R&D Raymond Massey (himself a working drummer in Nashville, TN.) "We really feel like this is a set-up you'll want to travel with, because breakdown, set-up, and cartage is a breeze! 

    Pearl Turns Up The Volume For The Touring Drummer With Masters Maple Series
    Since 1993, Pearl's Masters Series has set a standard for the very best in performance-centered instruments for the pro drummer. In celebration of three decades of Masters quality and excellence, Pearl reimagines the original history-making 7.5mm Masters Maple shell with a host of massive upgrades. 

    Blending six layers of hand-curated North American Maple from our Masterworks Veneer Vault, Pearl's Superior Shell Technology process cures this premium ply selection for increased projection, improved sustain, and better sonic output than ever before. A precise 45-degree Bearing Edge completes the recipe to deliver power in the touring and stage environment. 

    "They're really loud and very aggressive sounding drums," says Nashville Session legend Shannon Forrest. "You could feel them through the walls in the room; you could feel the difference in volume coming off the kit!" 

    Professional Pearl standards like Mastercast Die-Cast Hoops, CL Bridge Lugs, and revamped bass drum spurs and floor tom brackets assure optimum performance. At the same time, the ground-breaking R2 Air Tom Suspension system's four-point mounting platform delivers optimum tone and resonance at any angle. 

    With a dizzying array of Premium and Custom finishes from which to choose, each Masters Maple Series drum set reaches new levels of volume, fit for the world's most prominent stages. 

    Pearl Reimagines A Premium Maple Favorite With Masters Maple Pure
    Since 1993, Pearl's Masters Series has set a standard for the very best in performance-centered instruments for the pro drummer. In celebration of three decades of Masters quality and excellence, Pearl reimagines the original 5mm MMX shell with Masters Maple Pure. 

    Blending four layers of hand-curated North American Maple with 4-ply Reinforcement-Rings from our Masterworks Veneer Vault, this premium Masters shell formula delivers a sonic fusion that is equally at home on stage as it is in the studio. A precise 45-degree Bearing Edge completes the recipe for near-field resonance and sharp top-end attack fit for varied pro environments. 

    "When you hit these drums, you get that initial tonality that shapes what you'd normally associate with the original Masters sound," says Nashville Session legend Shannon Forrest. "But now there's all this back-end sustain on the drums. Sustain that you could never get out of drums from that era." 

    Professional Pearl standards like Mastercast Die-Cast Hoops, CL Bridge Lugs, and revamped bass drum spurs and floor tom brackets assure optimum performance. At the same time, the ground-breaking R2 Air Tom Suspension system's four-point mounting platform delivers optimum tone and resonance at any angle. 

    With a dizzying array of Premium and Custom finishes from which to choose, each Masters Maple Pure Series drum set reaches new levels of sonic purity, fit for the most discerning professional player. 

    Pearl’s Masters Maple Gum Series drums are tonally primed for the Modern Studio 
    When it comes to drumming in the modern Recording environment, the Maple/Gum shell combination has a sublime history. Pearl first incorporated this legendary blend on Masterworks drums with the Sonic Select Studio shell recipe. Now, in celebration of 30 years of professional excellence under the Masters Series banner, Pearl includes the Maple Gum option as one of three shell recipes in a reimagined spectrum of Masters drums. 

    New Masters Maple Gum Series is composed of an EvenPly-Six layer combination of vault-cured premium North American Maple (4-ply exterior,) and hand-selected USA Gumwood (2-ply interior,) for increased shell integrity, smoother resonance, and maximized, punchy projection. 

    A shallow 60-degree Bearing Edge completes the recipe to deliver dynamic sonic warmth and explosive low-end response. 

    “The signature of Maple Gum is what I call ‘The Envelope’ of the note that it makes,” says Nashville Session legend Shannon Forrest. “It’s the shape of how the volume comes off the drum. The shape of that note makes the drums stand off the other instruments in recording, and its unique to Masters Maple Gum.” 

    Professional Pearl standards like Mastercast Die-Cast Hoops, CL Bridge Lugs, and revamped bass drum spurs and floor tom brackets assure optimum performance, while the ground-breaking R2 Air Tom Suspension system's four-point mounting platform delivers optimum tone and resonance at any angle. 

    With a dazzling array of Premium and Custom finishes from which to choose, each Masters Maple Gum Series drum set reaches new levels of volume, fit for any studio or stage. 

    Pearl Creates the World’s Most Adjustable Tom Mounting Arm with GyroLock-L
    Pearl's new GyroLock-L tom holder is the first omnidirectional, gearless drum mounting and positioning system made for ultimate adjustability and security. Its solid universal 12mm L-arm offers secure placement from a singular drum key lock at four independent orientation points (Up/Down, Left/Right, Side/Side, Forward/Aft.) 

    Backed up with a movable memory clamp for flawless angle security, GyroLock-L's outer Compass Dial is also fitted with setting marks for visual placing reference. Rock solid and totally flexible, the GyroLock-L assures painless tear-down and reset every time. 

    "Pearl has always been focused on the drummer's needs," says Pearl Corporation CEO Terry West. "We've been synonymous with our trademark 7/8" traditional tube tom mount for decades, and it'll always be a Pearl standard. But we want to offer solutions that make their performing life easier for every kind of player. GyroLock-L marks a new era for Pearl and for drummers everywhere." 

    Free from cumbersome nylon balls or sleeves that get stuck or wear out over time, the GyroLock-L's interlocking cylindrical movement is smooth and secure in any position for the long haul. 

    "The GyroLock-L Arm removes any additional set-up play," says Nashville Session legend Shannon Forrest. "Those drums stay exactly where you set them up with no play, no movement, and they'll always go back to that same position." 

    Pearl and legendary drummer Dennis Chambers create new “10-over 8” Signature Snare
    To be truly great, one must evolve over time. Drumming legend Dennis Chambers took this to heart when considering the transformation of his snare drum sound. Designed for sonic evolution, the new Pearl Dennis Chambers Signature Snare drum employs the multi-lug design of his previous Signature model, with ten STL100 single swivel tuning lugs on the batter side, and eight on the snare side for top-end tonal focus. 

    The real difference comes with its SR300 Multi-Timbre Strainer that features three individually tunable 6-strand snappy wire snares. Each can be engaged or disengaged to further sculpt the sound of the drum. Pearl's durable Mastercast Die-Cast Hoops also add weight for increased projection. 

    “I got this idea from the Pearl Symphonic series snare drum,” Dennis admits. “I fell in love with the idea of having three different snare settings on one drum." 

    Features include the 4-ply Maple with 4-ply Re-Ring shell of his original Signature model, Evans G12 batter and snare heads, and a Matte Black lacquer finish for visual versatility. The Dennis Chambers Signature Snare delivers a solid, searing, and articulate sound that fits well in any playing field. 

    Pearl Delivers a Direct-Drive Triple Threat with the New Demon XR Bass Drum Pedal
    Pearl's Demon Series Bass Drum Pedals have been a mainstay for high-speed performance since 2009. Now, Pearl elevates the direct-drive feel Demon pedals are prized for with a ricochet-quick twist. The Pearl Demon XR (for X-treme Response) Bass Drum Pedal is a premium quality "Triple-Threat" in bass drum pedal performance and delivers the ultimate in Speed, Rebound, and Accuracy. 

    • X-Treme Speed: The result of a two-year research and development collaboration between the Pearl R&D Team and drummer George Kollias (Nile,) its machined aluminum design is streamlined to deliver precise, resistance-free playability. 

    • X-Treme Rebound: Demon XR's enhanced rebound action and interchangeable high-tension spring are essential to higher playing speed. This exclusive feature makes repeated strokes in the most extreme musical situations effortless. 

    • X-Treme Accuracy: Primed for the high tempo technicality, the Pearl Demon XR is perfect for any drumming style where precision and endurance are key. 

    "We wanted something really light, super smooth, and really fast, and we did it," said George Kollias. As a result, the Demon XR Single and Double Pedals feature a sleek Longboard playing surface for improved double-stroke response, modular adjustability, and the uniquely sharp attack and low-end response of the X-Treme Impact Beater. The Demon XR Double Pedal also includes the Z-Link zero latency Universal Joint. 

    For more information please visit www.pearldrum.com

    ProMark Nylon BrushesPROMARK
    ProMark Drumsticks Releases Innovative New Nylon Brushes
    D’Addario is proud to introduce new ProMark Nylon Brushes, the next phase in drumstick innovation.

    Designed to deliver the control of a stick and the tone of a brush, ProMark Nylon Brushes have a soft-touch handle, complete with internal counterweights, which delivers the feel of a Rebound drumstick. At the other end, the premium nylon bristles are fused to ensure optimal playability and durability.

    Players can find their ideal feel with two Nylon Brush options at the ProMark 5B and 2B sizing. Light Nylon Brush 5B is ideal for delicate playing and gentle attack, while the Heavy Nylon Brush 2B is the go-to for increased volume and a pronounced attack.

    To learn more please visit https://ddar.io/NylonBrushes_PR.

    SABIAN
    SABIAN Re-Introduces 22” HH Todd Sucherman Sessions Ride
    SABIAN is proud to announce the release of the 22” HH Todd Sucherman Sessions Ride cymbal

    Normally Limited Editions are just that….limited!  Well, in the case of the 22” HH Sessions Ride, they’ve just “Unlimited” it!  This cymbal, which was a collaboration with Todd Sucherman, was first introduced as a Limited Edition in 2019 and literally sold out in days.  However, it didn’t stop there, as the demand for this amazing cymbal has been high since then.  Even Todd noticed that saying, “In my touring with Styx and talking with drummers from all over the world, I’m frequently asked about this cymbal and if there is any way they can get their hands on one.  Until now, I’ve had to say no.  I’m so pleased that SABIAN has made the decision to bring this cymbal back and make it part of their ongoing product offering.”  

    While this is exactly the same cymbal as the one introduced in 2019, it does have a slightly different logo treatment, and is not numbered nor comes with a signed certificate. 

    The 22 HH Sessions ride is fully hand hammered, lathed and polished, then a second layer of hand hammering is applied to build in more control.  The combination of articulation and spread produced by the extra hammering and coarser HH style lathing makes the 22” HH Sessions ride an amazing instrument for both the studio and stage.  Its stunning appearance is definitely a bonus.  We’re thrilled to welcome this cymbal to our 2023 product offering. 

    The SABIAN 22” HH Todd Sucherman Sessions Ride is shipping now.

    For additional information visit: https://sabian.com/product/hh-todd-sucherman-sessions-ride/


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