BY RADIM MCCUE
Innovative Sound Isolation Units for Kick Pads/Pedals and Hi-Hat Pedals
Among the most interesting products of this year’s NAMM are Roland’s NE-10 and NE-1 Noise Eaters, two new sound isolation devices designed for use with kick pads and pedals, and hi-hat pedals in a V-Drums set. Noise Eaters solve a common problem: how to isolate the acoustic sound for V-Drums when they’re played on upper floors of multi-level structures, such as houses, apartments, condos, offices, and studios.
V-drums are already quiet and allow players to use headphones to practice and record in situations where it would be impossible to use acoustic drums. However, the physical action of usiStill using the kick and hi-hat in a multi-level building leads to noise on adjoining floors. In tests, Noise Eaters eliminates approximately 75 percent of noise compared to using pedals without them, a dramatic improvement.
The NE-10 Noise Eater is a compact sound isolation board designed to be placed under a V-Drums kick pad/pedal or hi-hat control pedal. It features multiple dome-shaped rubber dampers for sound isolation and a low-profile design that doesn’t affect playing feel or stability. The NE-10 can be used standalone with a Roland KD-9 Kick Pad, KD-7 Kick Trigger, or FD-8 Hi-Hat Control Pedal.
The NE-1 Noise Eater is a small sound isolation foot intended to be used as necessary along with the NE-10 Noise Eater. It features a unique rubber damper structure that provides maximum sound isolation in a very compact and efficient device. When using a Roland KD-140/KD-120 V-Kick or a hi-hat stand for the Roland VH-13/VH-11 V-Hi-Hat, users should place the NE-10 under the pedal and NE-1 units under each stand leg as needed.