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Product Showcase — June 2021

Jun 9, 2021, 08:00 AM by Rhythm Scene Staff

Evans B14HWD

Heavyweight UV Dry Snare Head
Evans Drumheads has announced the UV Heavyweight Dry Snare Head is now available. Evans Heavyweight Dry features two plies of 10mil film, providing maximum durability, compressed attack, and a wide dynamic range. The 3mil Reverse Dot lends extra durability, focus, and attack in the center. Precision-drilled dry vents further reduce overtones and sustain. Paired along with Evans’ patented UV coating, this head is designed for the heaviest of hitters. This line extension to the Heavyweight will be available in a 14-inch size.

Dennis Chambers a VELOC Endorser
Gruv Gear is proud to announce the legendary Dennis Chambers is using their acclaimed and innovative VELOC One-Trip Drum Transport System. See Dennis talking about the VELOC system at

Described by JazzTimes as one of the world’s greatest living drummers, Dennis Chambers was included in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 100 greatest drummers of all time and inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2001, after winning the vote for Best Electric Jazz drummer from 1990 through to 1996.

Launched in 2020, the fully-integrated VELOC drum transport system allows drummers to move a 5-piece kit, cymbals, pedals and hardware in a single trip. The system consists of a lightweight aluminum cart fitted with a magnetic mount rail. The highly durable, padded cases attach securely and stack vertically on to this rail, creating a shelf-like system. The convenient front opening of the drum cases means they can be left on the cart, while still allowing access to the drums for quick kit setup and breakdown.

Once a kit is loaded onto the VELOC transport system it can be moved with minimal effort through doorways, narrow aisles, and busy parking lots with just one hand on the ergonomic handle. The high-quality cases that accompany the system are available in most common sizes, feature comfortable carry handles and both top and front access to drums. Each case is equipped with a built-in TSA lock and Gruv Gear’s Global Recovery Tag powered by HomingPIN, so any lost or misplaced bags can be easily reunited with their owners.

To find out more about the VELOC drum transportation system and Gruv Gear’s other innovative products, visit

Barriles De Bomba Drums
Latin Percussion (LP) has launched the Barriles De Bomba traditional drums, which have been used for over 400 years in the Puerto Rican folkloric music called Bomba. Available in two sizes, the higher pitch Primo or Subidor is played as the lead drum to follow the dancers, and the larger Buleador is used to provide a steady, hypnotic rhythm.

LP is proud to honor the culture and people of Puerto Rico who have been important contributors to Afro-Caribbean and Latin music. The 26-inch tall Barriles are constructed from two-ply Siam Oak with natural rawhide heads fitted using traditional rims. Plus, they feature decorative metal bands that are reminiscent of traditional drums from the island.

The Latin Percussion 14-inch and 16-inch Siam Oak Barriles De Bomba have chrome-plated heart side plates with 5/16-inch diameter tension rods and are supplied with a bag.

To find out more about the new Barriles De Bomba and other LP products, visit

TD-50X Upgrade Available Now
The TD-50X upgrade from Roland is now available for download on Roland Cloud. Bringing the complete expressive power of Roland’s most advanced drum module to the original TD-50 V-Drums, the TD-50X Upgrade is filled with new instrument sounds, preset kits, and feature enhancements — including a fully optimized performance with the VH-14D digital hi-hat — making it a must-have for all TD-50 module owners.

The TD-50X Upgrade features over 900 total sounds — up from 422 in the original module — including hundreds of new kick, snare, hi-hat, tom, and cymbal selections. These premium drums leverage the full expressive potential of the Prismatic Sound Modeling engine, providing incredible playability with rich overtones and unlimited sonic colors.

Also included are 70 newly developed preset kits, all purposefully tuned for full, punchy, and dynamic sound. Created with top drummers and recording engineers, these inspiring kits let you take on any style at the touch of a button, from traditional jazz to full-throttle metal.

The advanced digital pad technology first introduced with the PD-140DS snare and CY-18DR ride has been expanded with the VH-14D digital hi-hat, bringing ultra-detailed playability to the three most nuanced pieces in the kit. This groundbreaking electronic hi-hat takes performance to an all-new level, offering touch sensitivity, tonal variation, and open/closed resolution never available until now. The TD-50X Upgrade provides the most complete and immersive VH-14D experience you can get, with sounds and processing fully optimized for its sophisticated detection capabilities.

The TD-50X upgrade makes it even more powerful for recording and producing tracks in a DAW. With the Core Audio driver on a Mac or ASIO driver on a Windows computer, there’s now support for 32 channels of premium-quality audio transfer over USB, up from the 10 channels with the standard TD-50.

The TD-50X Upgrade extends the TD-50’s ambience features with PureAcoustic Ambience technology, bringing a new level of realism to the electronic drumming experience. Instantly place kits in stunningly natural and immersive sound fields, from tight studio spaces to massive halls and everything in between. More sound-shaping tools are included with the upgrade, with multi-effects selections increased from 30 to 38.

The TD-50X and upgraded TD-50 modules are the first V-Drums products to be supported through Roland Cloud. This evolving platform offers a diverse range of authentic Roland software synthesizers and instrument sound libraries. Roland Cloud unlocks an expanding collection of premium V-Drums kits and curated samples for studio production and live playing, with access to a variety of releases the moment they arrive.

Once upgraded, users can try out the TD-50X Free Kits available at the TD-50X product page on the Roland website, as well as the free TD-50X Session Collection 01 in Roland Cloud Manager. To learn more about the TD-50X Upgrade, visit

Vic Firth Practice PadsVIC FIRTH
Two New Practice Pads
The Avedis Zildjian Company, parent company of Vic Firth, has announced the introduction of two new products into its lineup of practice accessories: the Vic Firth Digital Camo Practice Pads and the Vic Firth VF Practice Pads. 

The Vic Firth Digital Camo pad surface offers a fun take on a modern digital camouflage graphic, and the Vic Firth VF pad features a classic Vic Firth "VF" logo design. Both pads feature a solid wooden base with a non-slip backing to keep the pad in place during use. Ideal for beginning drummers, these silicone pads provide excellent response for learning drum set technique.

Both pads are available in 6-inch and 12-inch versions and are available now from authorized Vic Firth dealers worldwide. For more information, visit

Zildjian Practice PadZILDJIAN
Two New Practice Pads
The Avedis Zildjian Company has introduced two new practice pad options into its lineup of accessories. The Zildjian Galaxy and Zildjian Graffiti pads offer great feel, response, and versatility.

Both pads feature bold and colorful designs on their playing surfaces, with the Zildjian Galaxy Pad offering an interstellar space scene and the Zildjian Graffiti Pad offering a modern take on graffiti art. Both pads feature a responsive playing surface, a solid base, and a non-slip backing to keep the pad in place during use. Ideal for beginning drummers, these silicone pads provide excellent response for learning drum set technique.

Both pads are available in 6-inch and 12-inch versions and are available now from authorized Zildjian dealers worldwide. For more information, visit

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