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Roland updates trigger range

Roland has introduced the RT-30 series, its latest generation of acoustic drum triggers. Improvements include a more streamlined design, easier setup, and compatibility with the latest drum hardware.

The RT-30 series gives drummers an easy solution for using their acoustic drums as triggers for a hybrid setup without incorporating additional pads. With quick, simple mounting on kick, snare, and tom drums, RT-30 triggers open up a world of sound possibilities when connected to devices such as Roland’s TM-2 Trigger Module, TD-series V-Drums sound modules, and SPD-series percussion pads.

Three different models are included in the RT-30 series. The RT-30H is a single-trigger device that provides drumhead-based triggering for most standard drums. The dual-trigger RT-30HR offers independent head and rim triggering, allowing the user to play two different sounds from the same drum. This makes it ideal for use on snare. Rounding out the series is the RT-30K, which is designed for use with bass drums.

Logic Pro X update

Apple has released an upgrade for its Logic Pro X DAW.

Version 10.1 features some enhancements to the Drummer features and includes several new instruments and tools.

The upgrade expands the appeal of Logic Pro to musicians producing electronic-based genres like EDM and Hip Hop, providing 10 specialised drummers and 20 new electronic kits.

Drum-related improvements include a New Drum Machine Designer plug-in, the ability create a sequence of notes with a single mouse gesture using the new Brush Tool in the Piano Roll Editor and Smart Quantise, which proportionally corrects the timing and length of notes to preserve the musicality of your original performance

Logic Pro X 10.1 is on sale for around $250 and is downloadable as free update for existing users. Upgrades are also available for Logic Remote 1.2 and MainStage 1.3.

Drumless beater launched

Triggera has launched its bix kick beater trigger.

Featuring a trigger sensor fitted inside a bass drum beater, the solution is touted as having “great response and dynamics”.

It can be used on any surface.

The inventors claims the device “solves many inherent triggering issues, such as consistency, mis-triggering, double triggering and all crosstalk from external sounds, such as the bass player, snare drum, etc”.

The bix is made of stainless steel and top quality polyamide, offering high durability and strength and is said to work with all modules.

The bix is priced at €44 plus shipping and is available now.

Drumdrops adds Gretsch 1960s

Drumdrops has released its Kontakt version of the Gretsch 1960s Round Badge Soul Kit with a special offer.

The first 10 packs will be free, the next 50 will be £30, the next 50 £40 and then it will go back to the retail price of £45.

The Gretsch 1960s Round Badge Kits are legendary kits and Drumdrops recorded this kit to capture the sound of the late 60s and early 70s that came out of Royal Studios in Memphis, home to legendary producer and founder of Hi Records, Willie Mitchell.

Unlike the one microphone, large open room drum sounds coming out of Motown and Stax in at the time, Mitchell preferred a small dry room, often using three or four microphones on the drum kit. To capture the same sound Drumdrops used the suited dry live room at Miloco's The Square in London.

The concept behind the mic positioning is unique to this release. They used five mics, each placed in carefully selected positions around the kit, so each mic captures the drum kit as a whole, meaning you can use any one mic as your drum sound, or you can blend any or all of the mics to create your ideal sound (in the Kontakt pack).

The drum kit was produced, mixed and recorded by south London drummer Timmy Rickard who has studied the grooves and sound of this great era. The kit is a classic sounding late 60s kit with wallets placed on the tuned down snares, a tea towel was used on the floor tom and they have recorded the ride with and without a chain.