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Drums Product Reviews

M-Audio Trigger Finger Review

Programming drums can be a pain in the butt. Plunking little dots on a grid with a mouse is tedious, and often results in lame rhythms - which is fine, if you're into that sort of thing. For great-feeling drums and... Read more »

Korg Electribe-SX Review

I had an opportunity to test drive the Korg ESX-1 music production sampler. I hooked it up at my home studio. I was first impressed with its sweet-hot look and the built-to-last feel. I quickly learned how to get... Read more »

Boss DR-880 Review

The Boss DR-880 rhythm programmer is an invaluable tool for songwriters. It allows you to easily program drum and bass backing tracks for new songs and lets you tap in to preset loops to spark your creativity. There... Read more »

Korg microKORG Review

I have to admit that I was a little intimidated by Korg's MicroKORG unit. Being a drummer I haven't had much opportunity to sit down with a synthesizer so I really didn't know what to expect Opening the box, I felt... Read more »

Shure PGDMK6-XLR Review

I have to start out by admitting that I love drums. My favorite part of any recording session I'm involved in is putting mics on a drum set and getting sounds. I guess it's because on so many records the drums... Read more »

Empirical Labs Distressor EL-8S Review

After hearing for years about how versatile the Empirical Labs Distressor is as a compressor, I was "EL8ed" to get a chance to try a The answer is a resounding YES! Whether I was shooting for the speed of a VCA, the... Read more »

WaveMachine Labs Drumagog Review

Engineers have been replacing drum sounds on recordings for years. This really does make it easy to fix your drum sounds in any DAW with an extreme degree of accuracy. With Drumagog, Wave Machine Labs has really... Read more »

Roland HPD-15 Review

When I got the HandSonic home and started playing around with it, before reading the manual of course, I was shocked as to how easy it was to use. Navigating through the many super high-quality sounds was a cinch... Read more »

Boss DR-880 Review

If you want to play like a pro it's no secret that you need to practice. And if you want to practice anywhere, anytime, and have great "players" behind you, the Boss DR-880 Drum Machine is the answer. The Dr-880... Read more »

Roland V-Pro TD-20S-WT Review

The TD-20 Drum kit is by far the most advanced electronic drums I have ever played. It gives you the feeling of real drums and thier real reaction to your playing. All the subtleties of your playing are never lost... Read more »

Propellerheads Reason 3.0 Review

Reason is a revolutionary product that puts racks of traditional studio gear right on your computer's desktop. Reason combines the logic of signal flow from the analog world and brings it to the digital realm but... Read more »

Roland TD-20S-BK Review

I sat down at the TD-20S-BK from Roland and was surprised to find how real it felt! I've used many other electronic sets and I was thoroughly impressed that this set felt the same as my acoustic. I was particularly... Read more »

Korg Triton Extreme 61 Review

Got sounds? The Korg Triton Extreme 61 does, and loads of them. There are so many different sounds in side this sampling workstation that if you don't find what your looking for it probably doesn't exist... yet! You... Read more »

Roland TD-20S-BK Review

The Roland V-Pro Series isn't just a tool, it's the whole workshop! Roland has found a way to improve on a instrument that has already revolutionized drumming and percussion, by giving drummers what they want... Read more »

Tascam DM-24 Review

So I took the DM24 home to try and get her into my studio. The first thing I did was hook up the ADAT lightpipe from my Echo Mona to the DM24, adjust the I/O setting and brought it in on channels 9-16 so all the... Read more »

BLUE Blueberry Review

The Blueberry microphone is a great multipurpose microphone that is a great to add to your microphone collection. The Blueberry is sort of an entry-level microphone from BLUE (Baltic Latvian Universal Electronics)... Read more »

Royer SF-12 Review

The Royer SF-12 is a fantastic ribbon microphone! The SF-12 is actually a stereo microphone, and as some people have put it, actually two SF-1's combined. It is a great value for the money, and is a microphone no... Read more »

Roland RMP1 Review

This instrument is the training percussionists' dream. Consisting of a tensioned mesh drumpad and an attached training module using the same electronic percussion technology that the popular V-drum series uses, the... Read more »

Novation D-Station Review

For taking up only one rack of space, the Novation DStation delivers some big sound! The DStation has all the sounds you need from the old-school Roland 808 and 909 drum machines, but instead of just playing a... Read more »

Waldorf RackAttack Review

Waldorf, a German manufacturer of analog-sounding synths, has come up with a product that bucks a trend commonly seen in the music industry. That is, they have taken a virtual instrument (VSTi Attack) and... Read more »

AKG C451B Review

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to audition and use one of the most popular microphones of all time, the small diaphragm AKG C451B. The demand for the original, but discontinued C451EB was so strong that AKG... Read more »

Roland VK-8 Combo Organ Review

Roland's new VK-8 Combo Organ is an updated version of their groundbreaking VK-7. Like the VK-7, the VK-8 uses Roland's Virtual Tonewheel Technology to accurately recreate the distinctive sounds of the classic... Read more »

Roland SH-32 Review

The Roland SH-32 is a tabletop synth/drum module that is highly tweakable and portable, taking up very little room. It was a pleasure to work with the intuitive user interface. The interface gave me the ability to... Read more »