Roland's TM-2 Powers Acoustic-Electric Options
ICompact and Affordable Sound Module for Hybrid Acoustic/Electronic Percussion
- By Radim McCue
- Published January 24 2014
Los Angeles, CA, January 15, 2014 — Acoustic-electronic hybrid drummers got a boost today as Roland introduced its Roland TM-2 Trigger Module, a new electronic percussion module with high-quality onboard sounds, user sound expansion via SCHD cards, and two trigger inputs for a variety of Roland pads and drum triggers. Battery powered and compact, the TM-2 provides a simple, affordable solution for drummers that want to create a hybrid kit that brings acoustic and electronic elements together.
The TM-2 is easy to integrate with any acoustic drum set, mounting quickly and unobtrusively onto a hi-hat stand or drum rack using standard hardware. It’s battery-powered and features an intuitive panel for assigning sounds and saving kits, plus large, easy-to-press buttons for calling up kits while performing.
Built-in trigger inputs allow players to connect two pads or trigger devices at once. Nearly any pad in Roland’s extensive V-Drums lineup can be used, including those that support dual triggering. Ideal options for a hybrid application include the BT-1 Bar Trigger Pad and KT-10 Kick Trigger Pedal. The TM-2 is also is designed to work with Roland’s RT-series acoustic drum triggers that mount on kick, snare, and tom drums.
The TM-2 includes more than 100 ready-to-play professional sounds, with an emphasis on sounds and tonal elements optimized for layering with acoustic drums, making it easy for players to achieve polished, high-impact sounds when playing live through a P.A. system.
Additional features include:
- Electronic sounds for modern styles
- Traditional percussion instrument sounds such as cowbell or woodblock
- SDHC slot to store and trigger WAV sounds, loops and backing tracks
- Ability to mix WAV with internal sounds for custom kits
- Multi-effects engine for rever, delay, flanger, etc.
- MIDI I/O to connect to computer and trigger V-drums
For more information, visit http://www.RolandConnect.com.
Sonor Announces The Birch Infinite Kit
- By Jordan Liffengren
- Published January 8, 2013
Sonor has announced the Birch Infinite shell set — a new, limited edition drum set handmade in Germany. The drum kit will be available starting November of 2013 in a trio of vintage finishes, Vintage Amber, Vintage Azure and Vintage Onyx.
The birch shells provide tremendous projection and a solid, distinctive tone featuring smooth, balanced midrange which complements the clarity of the highs and lows. The bass drum is 22" x 18", with 10" x 8" and 12" x 9" rack toms. A 16" x 16" floor tom rounds out the standard kit and an optional 14" x 14" floor tom and 14" x 6" snare will be offered as upgrade components.
Master craftsman build these drums and they feature Sonor’s top-of-the-line feature set including; top quality fittings, the T.A.R. mounting system, tuning lugs with TuneSafe, Optimum Shell Measurement (OSM), Remo USA heads and the new Dual Glide system on the snare.
“Sonor has created a very special series of shells that sound amazing and look striking,” said product manager Larry Nelson. “The three color choices, wedded with the natural bass drum hoop, reflect the years of experience that Sonor has in creating sonically pleasing drums that look amazing.”
The Birch Infinite shell set MAP’s $2,599.00. The optional snare and floor tom MAP for $599.00 each.
Apogee Mic 96k Upgrades iOS Recording
- By Radim McCue
- Published January 7, 2014
Santa Monica, California - Apogee Electronics is introducing the new MiC 96k, a professional digital microphone for iPad, iPhone and Mac. With a design inspired by classic condensers, MiC 96k can be used to record vocals, voice overs, acoustic guitar, piano, or drums.
The new MiC 96k, upgrades the original Mic, introduced in 2011, with the ability to make higher fidelity recordings – up to 24-bit/96kHz – and includes an iOS Lighting cable as well as a microphone stand
adapter in the box. Like its predecessor, MiC 96k also includes an iOS 30-pin cable, Mac USB cable, and table-top tripod stand. It retails for $229. For more information, please visit http://www.apogeedigital.com.
MiC 96k Features and highlights
- PureDIGITAL connection for pristine sound quality
- Designed for voice and acoustic instrument recording
- Studio quality cardioid condenser microphone
- Up to 96kHz,
24-bit analog-to-digital recording
- Works with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac
- Includes iOS Lightning cable, iOS 30-pin cable, Mac USB cable
- Simple setup, you can start recording in minutes
- Apogee engineered microphone preamp with up to 40dB of gain
- Control knob allows easy input level adjustment
- Multicolor LED for status indication and input level monitoring
- All metal construction
- Microphone stand adapter included
- No batteries or external power required
- Compatible with GarageBand, Logic Pro and Pro Tools
- Made in the U.S.A.
Control The Jiggle In Your Jingle
- By Andy Ziker
- Published January 21, 2014
Does your tambourine jiggle around uncontrollably when you play it? Grover Pro Percussion Inc., Massachusetts-based company well known for their percussion products, has come up with a nifty solution to this: an innovative clamp to mount tambourines to its line of accessories.
The TMC is a solidly constructed universal clamp that will grip any 8-, 10-, or 12-inch tambourine securely, yet freely enough to allow the frame and jingles to resonate fully.
Machined from 6061 aircraft-grade aluminum, the body is designed to spread the clamping force evenly across a wide four-inch length of the shell circumference. This assures that no damage will occur to your instrument, even if played vigorously. The ergonomic thumbscrew engages a rubber-covered flat spring that quickly and easily tightens and releases. The deep-milled U-channel is designed to securely and safely cradle any Grover tambourine model.
One of the best features of this clamp is its versatility and ease of use; it quickly screws onto any standard cymbal stand with an 8mm thread. This allows complete flexibility in placement and tilt angle. In addition, mount the TMC to a boom stand, and the most intricate and difficult multi-percussion setups are accommodated.
The TMC is available at select Grover Pro dealers and at GroverPro.com.
Off-Set: The Big Boy Single Pedal
- By Jordan Liffengren
- Published December 10, 2013
The Off-Set Bass Drum Pedal Company is introducing its newest single pedal, The Big Boy Single. This product sports all the features of the Off-Set Double pedal into one, single unit. It comes with features including a solid metal base plate, twin pedestal design with both upper and lower transverse hex rods for strength and stability, 12 1/2" pedal board with toe stop for both heel-up and heel-down techniques, twin heavy-duty springs for perfect balance and speed of recoil, Off-Set adjustable beater holder, which allows for independent adjustment of the beater angle and the pedal board height, hard-soft mallet with mallet shaft key, and as regular equipment, a set of regular duty springs for perfect tailoring of spring pressure (to name a few). The Big Boy Single will range between $159.99 - $179.99. Check it out, along with all other Off-Set products, at www.off-set.net.