Akai adds MPC pack

Akai has released a new MPC Expansion pack from legendary producer Tim Kelley.

Tim Kelley Presents Vol. 1 contains over 1.9 GB of radio-ready drum hits, melodic riffs, chords, stems and clips.


Debuts down under


The debut Sydney Drum and Percussion Show, supported by digitalDrummer, was well-timed for product debuts, offering Roland its first opportunity to show off its four new e-drum products launched the day before.

Vdrums general manager of product design Hiroyuki Nishi and product designer Ryo Takasaki were on hand to see the launch of the new SPD::ONE line.

Roland also used the event to showcase the capability of its flagship TD-50 kit with performances by global artist Michael Schack, who was touring Australia.

Schack was also a key participant in a dedicated panel discussion on the role of electronic percussion, facilitated by digitalDrummer editor Allan Leibowitz.



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mimic Pro shipping starts

Pearl's new mimic Pro drum module has begun shipping, with units dispatched to retailers in North America.

A company statement says due to overwhelming interest, the first shipment of mimic Pro is completely sold out. It is understood that all preorders placed with dealers on or before June 1st should receive a unit from the first shipment.

The next shipment is scheduled for the third week of July.

The module is listed at most retailers for $2,199 and, with the strength of orders, discounting seems unlikely at the moment.



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Michael Schack shares his e-drum views with digitalDrummer editor Allan Leibowitz.