• Review: Toontrack Superior Drummer 2.0

    Short version: Superior Drummer will save you a lot of money if you’re into music production. The steep learning curve is compensated with the depth of settings and options offered. Read More

  • Drummer Hero for the Wii is powered by Arduino

    So many cool things you can do with Arduino. The possibilities are endless now that we have the technology! Jazari has constructed this very elaborate solenoid/Arduino rig to play a myriad of instruments, all with two Wiimotes. Sure beats playing percussion in band back in high school. [BoingBoing] Read More

  • Review: Alesis DM6 Drum Kit

    Short Version: The Alesis DM6 drum kit is a full set of electronic drums that is extremely accessible, yet just as difficult to master as the real thing. In un-packing the box it came in, one thing was immediately clear; this is no kid’s toy. This is a nine-piece set (10, if you include the drum module that makes the magic happen), weighing in at around 40 pounds. Read More

  • Mega Man Drum Kit = Awesome

    What are you doing reading the text?! Look at the picture! It’s a frakkin’ Mega Man drum kit! Those rings light up and everything! This thing is almost as cool as those Star Wars guitars back in 2002. [VIDEO]
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  • RedOctane shows off new Guitar Hero 5 drums

    Amazing, right? Right?! Let’s hope it’s cheaper than the Logitech kit. Read More

  • Premium Guitar Hero drum controller from Logitech

    Logitech has announced a premium Guitar Hero drumset for the PS2 and PS3, priced at $229 and available soon. The kit features a stainless steel bass pedal and the drumheads and cymbals can be repositioned “to fit your reach and suit your style, helping you play faster and better.” Read More

  • Hands and feet on the $299 Ion premium Rock Band drum set

    Greg and I got a chance to flail about on ION’s premium Rock Band drum set in the final hours of CES. Greg played Bad Reputation as though he’d been secretly having an affair with Joan Jett for years and I paid homage to my home city of Boston by tearing through Where’d You Go? by the Bosstones. Read More

  • Johnny Rabb flails arms about, makes cool rhythm-like sounds

    I happened by the Roland booth today at CES and watched as freehand technique guru Johnny Rabb held a wooden stick in each hand and used said sticks to delicately berate a Roland TD-20S drum set. Read More

  • ION premium Rock Band drum set gets official at $299

    Here she blows; the premium Xbox 360 Rock Band drum kit from ION. It’s priced at $299, available now, and features four gum-rubber drum pads (read: quiet) and two cymbals with mounting arms. That’s right, two. You’ll have to purchase that third cymbal separately for $50. You can also add a second bass pedal for some double-dutch kick action or whatever you kids are saying… Read More

  • Guitar Hero IV drum kit pictures

    Doug told you about the drum kit with cymbals coming to Guitar Hero IV yesterday and now we have pictures. I can’t decipher much of the text from the GI article, but it appears that you won’t be able to use the Rock Band drum kit on GHIV, which shouldn’t surprise anyone. Read More

  • Guitar Hero IV drumset to feature – gasp! – cymbals?!

    The above photo is NOT the actual drum kit that’ll come with Guitar Hero IV but — but! — the drums that do come with the game will feature two cymbals. What a crazy idea, huh? My Rock Band drums don’t have cymbals. Once again, I have no choice but to harness the wisdom of Natalie Imbruglia when I say “I’m torn.” You’ll be able to find more… Read More

  • For those times you forget to take your Adderall, there's the iPhone/iPod Touch drum machine

    An iPhone/iPod Touch-based drum machine makes some sense thanks to the whole multi-touch thing. The iPhone drum pad (called “Drummer”) currently in development over at Moo Cow Music leverages multi-touch technology to allow you to hit up to five drum pads at once. You can play along with your own music or just have a sweet solo like the one Garth had in Wayne’s World while… Read More

  • Go ahead and buy the standalone Rock Band drums

    If you’re like me, you used to play drums all the time and then you lived in apartments during and after college so you stopped playing but then eventually you bought a house but for some reason never got another drum set and then you moved to Boston where you currently live in an apartment again but someone gave you Rock Band as a wedding present and you find that the drumming aspect of… Read More

  • CES 2008: Play It, Record It

    For millions of years, people have been listening to music. But now, thanks to new technology, they can actually make music as well. At CES, I came across a few items that made my inner musician geek out, including a self-tuning guitar and a pretty sweet drum synth pad, plus a couple of new recording gadgets for capturing your awful performances of “She Bangs” on the go. Pics… Read More