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Simmons goes sub-$500

Simmons has added a new five-piece, the SD500, to its e-drum line-up.

The SD500 kit features a 9” dual-zone snare pad, three 8” tom pads, and kick drum with integrated pedal. Cymbal pads include a 10” hi-hat with pedal, a 12” ride, and a 10” chokable crash. The kit is housed on a rugged, steel rack, with robust custom T-fittings, detachable stick rest, and skid-resistant rubber feet.

Toontrack adds Reggae EZX

Toontrack has released the first sound library expansion for EZdrummer 2, the Reggae EZX.

The Reggae EZX takes the traditional sound and recording techniques of reggae drums and tweaks them for the new EZdrummer 2 engine.

AD2 gets expansion

XLNaudio has released a new ADpak for Addicitive Drums. Fairfax Vol. 2 is a follow-up to the pack launched with AD2, and was recorded at the legendary Los Angeles studio formerly known as Sound City.  Fairfax Vol. 2 features an older, late-60s Gretsch "Round Badge" kit with a rounder and fuller tone.

The August 2014 edition of digitalDrummer is live, with the most detailed examination of hybrid drumming.

On the gear front, we look at two benchmark hybrid products – Roland’s TM-2 trigger module and Aquarian inHEAD and onHEAD FSR-based trigger heads.

And the featured artist, Jon Farriss, was a hybrid pioneer who was at the absolute bleeding edge of technology when he combined acoustics and electronics to create the distinctive INXS sound.

Michael Schack, one of the modern exponents of hybrid, explains of the art and science.

And there’s the usual mix of product reviews, VST offerings, performance profiles and DIY advice in the latest issue of the world’s only dedicated publication for electronic percussion.

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