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Drum Channel, Gretsch Drums, Porter & Davies, Vic Firth, Zildjian

Apr 22, 2020, 08:00 AM by Rhythm Scene Staff

Drum Channel Thomas LangDRUM CHANNEL 
Thomas Lang’s “Drum Universe” Comes to Drum Channel
Thomas Lang is one of today’s most popular and influential drummers, constantly touring the world as a solo artist, clinician, and drum ambassador. On Thomas Lang’s Drum Universe, he explains and demonstrates the educational system he created and still uses to develop his legendary technique, speed, power, control, and 4-way independence. The open-ended website has hundreds of short, engaging, easy-to-understand lessons and exercises with more content added on a regular basis.

Langrecently joined forces with Drum Channel to have the drum education website host “The Thomas Lang Drum Universe.” Furthermore, to reward players who make this commitment to improving their drumming, an annual Drum Universe membership now includes a full membership to at no additional cost.

To become a Drum Universe/Drum Channel member, or for more information, log on to or

Gretsch Brooklyn DrumGRETSCH DRUMS
Brooklyn Standard Snare Drum
Gretsch Drums has announced the launch of the Brooklyn Standard snare drum in collaboration with acclaimed educator Mike Johnston.When Johnston contacted Gretsch about developing a new snare drum concept, he was very specific about what he wanted it to accomplish. It needed to be extremely versatile, to possess a wide dynamic range, and excel in all playing situations across a wide variety of tunings. Plus, it needed to live up to the look and heritage of Gretsch Drums and be accessible to students and players who were ready to step up to their very first pro-grade snare drum. After nine months of prototyping, feedback, and thorough evaluation, the Brooklyn Standard was born.

Each individual feature and specification has been chosen for the way it affects the sound, dynamics, and playability of the drum. The 5.5 x 14-inch Brooklyn formula 6-ply North American Maple/Poplar shell has its own distinctive sound, and the double 45-degree bearing edges make for a crisp sound with great sensitivity. The batter side tone control provides a supplementary muting option, the extra wide 42-strand chrome plated snare wires give a beautiful buzz, and 302 hoops offer great cross-sticking sounds.

The drum is finished in Satin Black Metallic with a Silver Sealer interior accentuated with Gretsch tube lugs, Lightning throw-off, and Gretsch Permatone heads by Remo USA. An inside identification label signed by Mike Johnston specifies the year of production.

See Mike Johnston, Mark Guiliana, and Victor Indrizzo talking about the new drum and putting it through its paces at more information about Gretsch Drums visit

Porter Davies ThronesPORTER & DAVIES 
New Throne Colors
Porter & Davies has updated their iconic range of thrones with a new color palette. The introduction of these new colors and fabrics offers customers a greater choice than ever before. The BC2, BC2rm, Gigster, and TT6 thrones will now be available in black, green, grey, and purple velvet finish plus a black vinyl option. The new fabrics are the toughest, most hardwearing yet; they are of the highest possible quality, hardy enough to withstand the rigors of touring yet still very comfortable to sit on. Drummers, sit-down bass players, and keyboard players can now personalize their P&D rig as well as their kit. All thrones are finished with a sophisticated P&D logo embroidered in green in the middle of the seat.

Find out more at

Vic Firth Remix BrushesVIC FIRTH
Re·Mix Brushes
Re·Mix Brushes are the first and only brushes designed to allow you to mix and match pairs, opening up a world of sonic possibilities. Designed with world-renown percussionist Pete Lockett, Vic Firth Re·Mix Brushes pair together easily so you can create unique sounds not otherwise possible, and customize the amount of volume and attack you get depending on how you mix and match the brushes.

From the drum set to Latin percussion to the Cajon and so much more, these brushes are incredibly versatile, especially once you start combining pairs together. Natural materials provide an organic feel and sound, while the specially designed handles pair comfortably in your hand to give you the effortless feel you'd expect from Vic Firth.

For more information, visit

Zildjian I FamilyZILDJIAN
I Family of Cymbals Launched and Planet Z Reimagined
The Avedis Zildjian Company is pleased to announce the release of reimagined cymbal options with the launch of the new I Family of cymbals and an update to the Planet Z line. The new I Family of cymbals replaces the ZBT series. Planet Z has been refreshed with a new alloy and new look, and continues to offer the same controlled and focused sound.

Taking its name from “Ilham,” the Turkish word for inspiration, the I Family is a collection of expressive sounds designed for drummers who are looking to graduate from the fundamental sizes and sounds and bring their playing to the next level. The series features modern weights and profiles and fresh effects sounds. “Cymbal trends are always changing, and as popular as ZBT has been since its debut in 1998, we realized that it wasn’t delivering everything today’s drummers were asking for,” says Andy Tamulynas, Global Category Manager, Zildjian Cymbals. “With the development of the I Family, the thinner weights, modern profiles, and unique special effect options are really going to allow intermediate drummers to carve out their own voice in a way that wasn’t possible before.” The I Family launches with a 10-inch splash, 14-, 16-, 17-, 18-, and 19-inch crashes, 18- and 20-inch crash rides, 20- and 22-inch rides, 13- and 14-inch hi-hats, 14-inch MasterSound hi-hats, a 14-inch trash crash/hi-hat top, a 17-inch trash crash, and 16- and 18-inch China cymbals. The I Family is also offered as a band pair, available in 14- and 16-inch sizes. A variety of configurations of cymbals are offered in six cymbal packs.

Planet Z has been refreshed in 2020, updating its alloy, look, and sound. Crafted from brass, Planet Z continues to be bright and cutting, with a more controlled and focused sound. Planet Z also remains versatile, offering the standard sizes and sounds that can tackle any style of music. This makes Planet Z ideal for drummers looking to start their musical journey, as well as those drummers looking for a bright cymbal sounds that cuts through a mix. “Brass is an ideal material for entry level cymbals because of its controlled sustain. The reduced wash makes it easy for the drummer to hear exactly what’s being played, so that they can learn more quickly. And for the non-beginner who is just looking for a good value on a solid set of cymbals, Planet Z delivers all the standard sizes and sounds you need to tackle any kind of music,” says Tamulynas. Planet Z is available in a 10-inch splash, 16-inch crash, 18-inch crash ride, 20-inch ride, 13- and 14-inch hi-hats, and an 18-inch China cymbal. A variety of configurations are offered in three cymbal packs.

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