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Microphone Month

Drums Product Reviews

Hands On: Gruv Gear Club Bag, Sliiv, and Bento Boxes

We all take gear on the go. Whether you're simply carrying your laptop around, putting together a mobile studio, taking gear to a gig, jam, or session, or traveling around the world, you want your gear to arrive... Read more »

Hands On: Design Series Frequent Flyer Kit

The DW Design Series Frequent Flyer Kit is a super-cool compact drum kit that brings with it all of that great DW construction and sound. It's perfect for the working drummer who is out playing many different kinds... Read more »

Hands On: ddrum DDTi

Since 1983, ddrum has been in the electronic drum and trigger business. They know what it takes to help today's drummer stay in line with modern music. The ddrum DDTi is an inexpensive and easy-to-use interface for... Read more »

Hands on Review: DDrum DDTi

DDrum has been in the electronic drum and trigger business since 1983, so they know a thing or two about the subject. They're always on the cutting edge, making new products to help today's drummer stay in line with... Read more »

Hands-On Review: Blue Mo-Fi

Blue is well known for crafting excellent microphones that each carry their own cool twist; they look unique, they sound unique, and they're must-haves for any mic locker. So it's no surprise that when Blue... Read more »

Audio-Technica Pro 37 Review

When I first got my Audio Technica Pro37 my first thought was, "How is something this small supposed to be so useful?!" I had read review after review of these, from Steve Albini claiming these were among the best... Read more »

Hands On Review: Zildjian Gen16 Acoustic Electric Cymbals

For many players, the cymbals in an electronic drum kit have been the weak spot. The cymbal sounds that e-drums produce can be stellar, but the feel of e-drum cymbals turns off some players. You could use real... Read more »

Alesis SR-16 Review

Being a guitar player and having a home studio is a lot of fun. When it comes to adding drum parts to my recordings, there are a lot of choices available. Software plug-ins have their place, but nothing beats the... Read more »

Sonic Reality Ocean Way Drums Gold Edition Review

Sonic Reality's Ocean Way Drums Gold is the industry's best sounding drum sample library. Ocean Way Recording engineers Allen Sides and Steven Miller have captured 19 different drum kit sounds that are perfect for... Read more »

Toontrack Superior Drummer 2.0 Review

Sometimes you don't really know the true value of a piece of gear until you are unable to use it. Likewise, you may not also know its true value until you have to use an earlier model. I discovered both of these... Read more »

Elektron Machinedrum SPS-1 UW MKII+ Review

Even with the dramatic increase in computer-based drum generators, standalone drum machines can still be valuable additions to both live and recording audio rigs. The versatility of this deceivingly small unit is... Read more »

Roland SP-404SX Review

I decided to take my first trip into the world of sampling with the Roland SP-404SX Linear Wave Sampler. Though I am sometimes considered as "rhythmically challenged," I was very excited to try out this new piece of... Read more »

Elektron Machinedrum SPS-1 UW MKII Review

I recently got to use the Elektron Machinedrum SPS-1 UW mkII. When I first took it out of the box, I was struck by the classic design. Sleek and durable construction that no doubt looks good onstage or in any... Read more »

AKG Perception 420 Review

My first experience with the Perception series microphones was with the 200 model. I was so impressed with its performance on a live recording that I decided I needed to get one for my own use. Of course, I decided... Read more »

Roland Octapad SPD-30 Review

The venerable Roland Octapad has returned to market wearing a brand new suit. But it isn't just good looks that'll get drummers talking; it's great sound quality, V-Drum trigger pad technology, and tri-layer phrase... Read more »

REVIEW: BOSS DB-90

As a musician, you need a metronome. It's a fact of life. Personally, I've had a simple, basic metronome that I picked up years ago while I was in grad school studying music composition, with classical guitar as my... Read more »

HANDS ON: Direct Sound EX-29 Extreme Isolation Headphones

It's a tough problem: you need headphones to track and to monitor, but they rarely seal tightly enough to really seal out outside sound, and because of that, sounds from inside the phones, such as click tracks, can... Read more »

REVIEW: Line 6 Spider IV

I've been using Line 6 gear since the company opened its doors. From the original POD to a POD Pro, from Amp Farm to Echo Farm, and finally to my current M13 (which I absolutely love as a grab-it-and-go pedalboard)... Read more »

REVIEW: Sonuus G2M

There seem to be two broad classes of electric guitarists: those who find their sound and stick with it and those who endlessly experiment with pedals, amps, guitars, and other gear in search of a broad palette of... Read more »

Korg M50-61 Review

The first thing that I really loved about the Korg M50 was the ease of use and the beats and sounds that come out when you use the Combi programs. I played it without reading the manual, and it was easy with the... Read more »

M-Audio CX5 Review

When I first set up a pair of CX5s, I was thinking of all of the stereotypes of 5" woofer-based monitors: no bass, harsh midrange and either weak or shrill highs. Admittedly, I was not very excited. But then I did... Read more »

REVIEW: IK Multimedia StealthPedal

  You're a guitar player, right? If you wanted to be a recording engineer, then you'd be one! But being a guitar player doesn't mean you don't want to make great recordings of your music. So, wouldn't it be... Read more »

Neumann KM 184 Review

A first physical encounter of the KM 184 can be deceiving. It's a small and lightweight microphone, unlike its sound. Based on the legendary KM 84 from 30+ years ago, the KM184 continues the legacy of Neumann's... Read more »

Yamaha MOTIF-RACK XS Review

The emergence of the "refined" keyboard workstation in the late 1990s opened up a whole new set of doors for musicians everywhere. Not only was the sound quality impeccable, but the multi-voicing and sequencing... Read more »