It look as if 2008 is going to be one of the best years yet for eDrumming. New stuff from Alesis, Roland, and Yamaha. It looks like the sky is the limit. Lets first take a look at the new offerings from Alesis.
DM5 Pro Kit with Surge Cymbals
This new kit from Alesis looks to be a great starting point for any new eDrummer. It is a complete 5-piece electronic drum set – Dual-zone Snare, Bass Drum Pad/Stand, 3 Tom Pads, with 12″ Surge electronic HiHat, 13″ Surge Crash, and 16″ Surge Dual-zone Ride cymbal. For more information go to DM5 Pro Kit with Surge Cymbals.
USB Pro Drum Kit
Though it looks the same as the DM5 kit, it does have some very note worthy differences. The first is, that it uses the new Alesis Trigger I/O instead of a drum module. Except for the bass trigger, all triggers are dual zone. The ride cymbal not only is dual zone but is chokable. The crash, though still single zone, is now chokable as well. The best change is Alesis now as a variable hi-hat controller. For more information go to USB Pro Drum Kit.
SR-18 Professional Drum Machine
Now you are probably wondering why I included a drum machine on an eDrum website. Easy, if you want to make a DIY edrum kit and you are using the Alesis Trigger I/O, just plug the I/O in to this guy and you have a new drum module. Maybe Alesis will one day combine the Trigger I/O and the SR-18 and give us a new module, but for now we can just plug them together. For more information go to SR-18 Professional Drum Machine.
TD-9S & TD-9SX: V-Tour Series
These are the newest offerings from Roland. This is the middle of the road kit, and it have a totally new TD-9 drum module. It comes in two configurations: The TD-9S which have rubber tom pads and the more expensive TD-9SX with all mesh head drums. One of the best features about the new TD-9 is the addition of a USB port. For more information go to V-Drum Sets.
We actually told you about this a week ago, however it has now been officially launched. It has a totally new DTXtreme drum module and three (yes that is right!) zone cymbals all around. The DTXtreme III is available in two kit configurations. The standard (pic on the left) and the special (pic on the right). The hexagonal rack on the special is really cool. Check it out if you get a chance. For more informations go to dtxperience.com.
DrumIT Five by 2 Box
For all of you Clavia DDrum people, (and you know who I’m talking about) the latest from a company called “2 Box”. This kit (though not quite ready) did show up at NAMM this year. I don’t know much about it, but it looks very cool. For more information go to Clavia DDrum lovers rejoice!