Jan 27, 2020, 06:00 AM
Rhythm Scene Staff
Yamaha launched a free V2 firmware for the EAD10 electronic acoustic drum module, adding new creative functionality and customizable settings for drum recording, rehearsal, and teaching applications.
Introduced in 2017, the EAD10 addressed challenges facing drummers who want to record and share high-quality drum performances easily and affordably. The EAD10 was the first-ever stand-alone acoustic drum module system enabling drummers to easily capture the sounds of an acoustic drum set with a single microphone/trigger component attached to a powerful digital processor. Central to the EAD10 experience is the free Rec’n’Share iOS/Android app that allows players to create stunning audio and video and easily share it directly from a smart device.
Now, the addition of a TalkBack function, customizable parameters, and capability to enhance a drum set using low-volume heads and cymbals further enhance the playing experience and enable more expressive individual creativity.
Ideal for YouTube content creators and student-teacher settings, the new TalkBack mode raises the gain on the microphone while dropping out any of the effects. Now drummers and educators can talk directly through the EAD, without having to lean in or add a microphone. Users can activate the TalkBack function by pressing the Sensor Unit button, hitting a pad, or pushing a footswitch.
Players can now record for 90 minutes straight into the USB drive without it cutting out, perfect for capturing a single groove or whole performance. The click function is now routable to the main stereo outputs and/or USB audio output, providing the option of having the click track in performances and recordings.
Additionally, there are new files users can download presets to trigger mesh heads with the EAD10’s internal sounds. This option adds 42 new “scenes” optimized for triggers in quieter setups such as electronic drums.
Lastly, this firmware update brings options for reducing unwanted background or ambient noise and hum or hiss from the mics. The three new settings include the Mic Noise Gate Threshold, which sets the gate’s opening noise level; Mic Noise Gate Release Time, which sets the length of time the gate takes to close; and Jack Noise Reduction, which decreases any unwanted static noises from cables.
The Yamaha EAD10 V2 Firmware is free for all EAD10 users. To download, visit yamaha.io/2olY0Zg. For more information, visit yamaha.io/2Jh87pt.