I've been using it since August 2013.
I also tested the TD-20 module.
I use it with a Hart Dynamics Studio Master 6.4 kit.
What I prefer: The setting possibilities (element material, mic position, drumhead type, drum depth, size, dampers, effects, EQ, compression, room reverb, and I can't recall what else), the variety of recorded sounds, the connections, the highly sought-after USB port (to import and export settings, playback MP3s or use it as soundcard connected to a computer), the examples of pre-recorded settings. You can spend a whole day playing with it watching time fly by.
What I don't like about it, as everybody else, is the price. Other than that, the settings aren't intuitive and some people may need a sound engineering crash course to understand how it works. You can spend hours with it.
Value for money: Since there is simply no competitor, you could say it's all right, but I don't think it costs that much to manufacture it, though.
I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again. When you are used to an acoustic kit, you've played for quite some time and have reached a good level, it's the only acceptable model. And it does more than just replace an acoustic kit, the variety of sounds, type of percussion instruments and samples, etc., allows you to discover a whole different instrument and opens up huge possibilities.Read more on Audiofanzine
The thing I like least is that with or without the muffling ring the head gives the most dead toneless thud. You could actually use a wooden box rather than a bass drum and get the same sound. This is actually what alot of people are going for especially with mic'ed up hard rock/metal gigs so I can understand the popularity of this drumhead.
So it is a 10 for that kind of stuff 0 for other styles in my opinion, hence 5 overall, not that is particularly fair because it is a style specific head.Read more on Audiofanzine
What a great drum ! Polyvalence extrême and beautyfull finition, simply the best for me.Read more on Audiofanzine
Simply the best instrument to recording anything !Read more on Audiofanzine
I'm a professional drummer and I've been an avid user of Tama drums and hardware for over a decade already. I like Tama's drum products because of its great value, high sound and aesthetic quality, and its legendary durability.
I've owned and played different generations of Tama's Iron Cobra bass drum pedals. These "modern classic" pedals are the most reliable I've ever used, and they never broke down in the middle of a gig. I've tried and played different brands of drum pedals, but nothing came close to the solid feel, power and road-worthiness of the Iron Cobra.
Recently, the Speed Cobra line of drum pedals was introduced. These are Tama's response to the current trend of high-end, "unconventional" drum pedals, which are becoming popular in the market today. The Speed Cobras are pretty much like the Iron Cobras, but with added advancements. The most obvious new feature is the longer footboard (a.k.a. longboards).
Longboards have become a popular choice among drummers, especially with speed demons who enjoy playing fast, straight-ahead double bass grooves. And with the numerous foot techniques coming out in recent years (slide, heel-toe, swivel, etc), having a bass drum pedal with a longboard has its advantages for these different playing styles. I bought a Speed Cobra double pedal last year, and this is my first-ever set of longboard pedals.
The first thing that impressed me the most is its price. Compared to its counterparts (Pearl Demon Drive, Axis Longboard, Trick Pro 1-V), the Speed Cobra's price is much closer to the Iron Cobra price range. This is amazing value for money for a drum pedal of its class.
The next thing that impressed me is how well-built and well-machined it is. With the way it looks and feels, I can clearly say that this is built like a tank, just like its Iron Cobra siblings. I don't need to worry about this pedal breaking down during a gig. The Speed Cobra also has an elegant and understated look, which is something that I appreciate aesthetics-wise.
The Speed Cobra pretty much has the same adjustable features as the Iron Cobras. Footboard and beater angles can be easily adjusted with an allen wrench or a Tama Drum Hammer too, which are both included in the package. Right out of the box, with its stock settings, I quickly felt the smoother and faster response of the Speed Cobra. I am amazed with how easier it felt to play and execute quick doubles and double bass licks. What made the difference? Is this the effect of the long footboard? Or the angled, recessed setting of the chain drive? Or the weight-reduced sprocket? Or the Cobra Coil underneath the footboard? Or a combination of all these features? Kudos to Tama's designers and engineers for doing a mighty fine job.
It may sound too good to be true. But in my experience, it took me some time to adjust to the longboards and the new feel of the Speed Cobras. It must have been the many years of getting used to a conventional drum pedal. It took me a few weeks to get the hang of it. I'm not an advanced double bass player (I'm still working on my technique), but I guess it's case-to-case basis. Some drummers will love the feel of the Speed Cobras, and some will not. Just like most instruments, it's best to give it a test before deciding on purchasing it.
I like the smooth, long footboard of the Speed Cobra, which I find suitable for my footwork style (I don't like my shoes to grip on the pedal; I prefer sliding and dancing over it). The slave pedal responds as well as the primary pedal, and I find it easy to adjust and match with the latter.
After a few months of use, I realized two downsides. One, the felt of the stock Projector Beaters quickly wear out . I think Tama should come up with a much better-designed set of beaters that can take the power of the Speed Cobra. And two, I've read and heard about the springs of other Speed Cobra users snapping off. Fortunately, mine's still in good shape; but this is something to take note of.
Overall, the Speed Cobra is testament to Tama's penchant of creating functional, well-built and durable drum pedals. Just like its Iron Cobra siblings, these are solid, high-value, quality drum pedals. The new features took Tama's pedal technology levels up, helping us drummers enhance our playing. Despite a few minor cons, I think I'll be playing and keeping this pedal for a long period of time.
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I was looking for a kit to offer customers using the practice studios I building for local musicians. The studio build $'s were adding up, but I wanted to offer a solid kit for my patrons. So, I was looking for something in my price range. I ended up buying a pearl forum 5 piece and when I went to arrange the drums, I found the variety of positions very limited. The next day, I recieved a call for a used 5 piece tama rockstar kit. Although I just purchase the pearl kit the day before, I wanted to at least compare one kit against the other. Once I tryed the tama kit, I was sold. The sound was solid not booming like the pearl. The versitility of the hardware was incredible. I was finally able to get the drum positioning that I find Ideal. It came with a brushed aluminum wrap, that I think will look great under any stagelighting. I purchased the 5 piece drum pack for $250.. I thought that I was walking away with a deal on a quality kit that anyone would enjoy playing as a practice studio supplied drum kit. After paying for a drum kit the night before, I would not have bought this kit, on my limited budget, unless I wasn't totally overwhelmed with the quality, tone and ease of adjustability. I couldn't be happier with my purchase. Read more on Audiofanzine
I've been testing this instrument for two days already, because someone offered it to me secondhand ($100) and, not having the resources for a high-end product, the idea seduced me for the connectivity: One MIDI OUT port, the original sounds are indeed drowned in reverb and you can't adjust it. I have dived into software like Fruitty, with which I can play acoustic drum sets of excellent quality using ASIO4ALL to reduce the latency down to almost 0. You can play on ALL types of drums and even sample drum kits and play with them...
I don't think I made a bad decision, this kit holds all its promises and it works great with good software programs :)
In terms of editing, it's über-flexible, you can do whatever you want. In short, it's a great investment to work or play with other musicians, given its price of $300 (in March 2014), you won't regret it!
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I used to have a TD12 module, which was really good.
The TD30 replaces the TD12 and the TD20.
Classy black-and-blue look when on. Good connections when it comes to audio outputs: 8 output jacks + 1 SPDIF out (44 KhZ) + headphone out.
I use it with Roland pads, from the PD100 to the PD125XS for the snare. A CY5 hi-hat + a FD8 pedal.
The sound quality with the PD125X is incredible, compared to my previous module.
Despite not being even a VH11 or 12, the hi-hat has also improved in terms of precision.
On the other hand, the older pads (PD100) don't have the same precision as the most recent ones, even though they were indeed "rejuvenated.".
I also use the vExpression patches. I was able to convert those of the TD12 into TD20, which are compatible, with the TD30. Loading them with a USB key is a pleasure for me, since I was used to a MIDI cable.
You can connect the TD30 to a USB port to record drums with a DAW. I also noticed an improvement in the way the hi-hats are managed.
The biggest drawback is its price. But odds are the module will last pretty long. The TD12 served me 7 years and didn't devalue much in the secondhand market.
If you have the budget, go for it, it's a very good module. Otherwise, a secondhand TD12 or 20 will also do the job.Read more on Audiofanzine
The Roland TD30 module is simply amazing. It has everything, a good sound, a good response, nuances, it's a treat. You can make your own crazy kits (drums + digital percussion). And, especially, the joy of working with the sounds at will: Size of the drum, material, thickness, etc. I use it with a Karrace set (18" kick, 14" floor tom, 10"-12" toms and 14" snare) and it's a real delight to play with it. In short, for me, the TD30 is a winner!Read more on Audiofanzine
This is an amazing drum set for beginner-intermediate drummers. The drums sound great and the hardware is good also. I really think people underrate basswood drums because these drums sound awesome. The only thing that I would change is to get rid of the stock heads and cymbals and get new ones. Other than that it is a great set!Read more on Audiofanzine
Personally, I think this is one of the best sounding beginner drum sets out there.The basswood that is made of gives it a very full, satisfying sound. The hardware and the cymbals that come with it aren't the best, but the get the job done. I would recommend getting a new hi-hat stand and bass drum pedal as soon as you can though. Also, the heads that come with the drum set don't sound very good, so upgrade those soon as well. Overall, this is a very good beginner drum set.Read more on Audiofanzine
I bought my 11 pcs, Yamaha Maple Customs in Brampton Ontario Canada 8"10"12"13"14"15"16"18" and 2x22" and the manu catchi snare, they are by FAR the best drums on the planet, I was the very first to buy the complete kit, and Yamaha Canada gave me a coat and a photo shoot. I will be berried in them when I die.Read more on Audiofanzine
I've had it for eight months and have had 120 or 130 kits previously, but I would buy it again without hesitation. I couldn't get a 20" kick, which is a pity. I dream of a CX jazzette (8", 10", 12", 14", 18").
The drums resemble very much DW, the hardware is superb, the finish spotless and, to put the cherry on the cake, it adjusts automatically. I give it a 9 because not enough time has gone by to see what happens with rust, ungluing, warping, bubbling, chips and cracks, but otherwise it is awesome.
For me the value for money is incredible. A new kit (10", 12", 14", 22", 14"x5,5" snare, in blue Onyx) with original heads, a pack of Meinl MCS cymbals, a pack of drum mutes, drum book, drum throne, a beautiful music stand, and Vic Firth 5A drumsticks, everything for $400, it's downright unreal, barely legal, I'd say.Read more on Audiofanzine
The Alesis Control Pad is e-drum product that contains six rubber pads, and also allows for the input of other trigger pads. The Control Pad converts the triggers into MIDI information and outputs the MIDI. The Control Pad does not contain any sounds of its own. Alesis makes a Performance Pad if you are concerned about having internal sounds. My recommendation though if you are going to use e-drum pads is to make use of software drum libraries (BFD2, Superior Drummer 2, Steven Slate Drums 4, etc.) rather than used built it sound from a drum module or pad. The sounds in a module or pad are typically not very good compared to multi-sampled drum libraries. The Control Pad is perfect for this because it just triggers MIDI.
I use the Alesis Control Pad as the "ride" cymbal in my e-drum kit. I like being able to trigger the 'bell', 'edge', and main portion of the ride cymbal. Typical e-drum cymbal pads cost a lot of money if you want to have 3 zones, and don't really feel much more realistic than this Control Pad. Additionally, I can use the extra zones on the Control Pad for percussion and other cymbals. Try to do that with a 3 zone rubber e-cymbal pad.
All in all, I have been very happy with the Control Pad. I would definitely purchase it again if it broke or was lost/stolen. It is a little unconventional to use it as a "ride" cymbal, but I would recommend considering it instead of spending more money on a different e-cymbal. Read more on Audiofanzine
I purchased the Roland TD-3 drum kit to be used in my apartment to practice drums without annoying my neighbors. Eventually I started using it to record MIDI drums in Pro Tools. The TD-3 is perfect for this kind of application. It isn't as fancy as the more expensive Roland E-Drums, but it is reliable and functions appropriately. The cymbals are the least realistic thing about playing the TD-3 compared to acoustic drums/cymbals. I think this is the hardest thing for e-drums to get right mainly because rubber feels much more different than metal. I don't mind rubber pads for drums, but having rubber cymbals is a little weird. Nonetheless, the drum pads and the cymbal pads trigger very well. They just don't feel that great. It is a sacrifice you have to make for quiet drums. The hi-hat pedal also takes a little getting used to.
Since I have had the kit, I have purchased a couple of Hart Dynamics drum pads to supplement my TD-3. These triggers are much more realistic to the look and feel of acoustic drums. They actually work very well with the TD-3 drum module. This was a big advantage to the roland e-drum kits. I definitely like being able to expand my kit as I save up the money. Eventually I plan on adding better cymbals and hi-hats too. Read more on Audiofanzine
I purchased the Roland TD-3 module as part of the TD-3 e-drum kit. I have been really happy with out the module has working for the past several years. In my set up, I have e-drum trigger pads that go into the TD-3. Then I use the module to turn the trigger information into MIDI notes. I use the MIDI out from the TD-3 to go into my DAW interface to record my drum performances.
It took a while to get the module set up to trigger correctly with the pads. Things like pad sensitivity and threshold need to be set based on how hard the drummer hits the pads. The TD-3 is not the most intuitive interface for making this changes. I had to look through the manual to figure out how it works. Since then, I haven't had any problems with incorrect triggering or cross-talk or anything.
My opinion is that the drum sample sounds in the TD-3 are unusable. They basically suffer from the "machine gun" effect where every drum it sounds the same. This makes the drums sound fake. My recommendation would be to use e-drums to trigger a drum sampler on a computer (superior drummer, BFD2, Steven Slate Drums 4, addictive drums, NI Studio Drummer, etc.) rather than using a drum module. This way you will have a much better sounding drum performance than using the stock sounds in the TD-3.
The TD-3 has lasted me for many years, and I fully expect it to last for many more years. It is made of plastic which does seem to be a little less reliable that a solid metal chassis. Nonetheless, if you take good care of it, I doubt that it will break. Read more on Audiofanzine
I own a full set of Zildjian A Custom cymbals. I have a 14", 16", 18", and 19". These are the perfect cymbals for pop or rock music. I don't really play much jazz, so I can't really tell you how well they sound for that style of music. These cymbals sound bright and clear, which is better for pop and rock than for any styles of music that require a more dry sound. On the other hand, if you play metal, you probably want to consider cymbals that sound more thrashy. These are clear sounding cymbals.
These cymbals can definitely cut through a mix, either in a loud live gig, or in the recording studio. I find that they sound best even if you don't hit them too hard. The initial 'hit' or transient of the cymbal is crisp and the sustain is very musical. The overtones of these cymbals sound beautiful. The sustain is not too long either, preventing a mix from being "washed out" by too much cymbal sustain.
I would definitely buy these cymbals again if something happened to them. I originally started out them 2 crashes (18" and 16") and decided I loved them so much I better get a few more. I use K hi-hits, instead of A Custom. But for crashes and rides, I love the A Customs. I also specially purchased the A Custom 'Fast Crash' cymbals because I like the overtones of the sustain better than the regular A Customs. This is just something to consider when looking at the full range of A Customs.
These cymbals really are of the highest quality. If you take good care of them, they should last for a very long time, and even improve their sound the more you play them. Compared to the regular Zildjian A series cymbals, the A Customs have a better sustain/overtones and a much smoother initial crash. I find the the regular A series cymbals are very harsh when you initially hit them. I suppose this would work better for certain styles of music, but it is just not for me. Read more on Audiofanzine
What I like most about these drums is how powerful and high quality they really are.
I must mention that these drum set are as close as you can get to the real one , the hi-hat , the great snare , everything sounds as good as it gets.
The pads are extremely sensitive and they work combined very good and you have a lot of editing presets and windows to choose from.
Another amazing feature of this product it that is has a double pedal support , so that way you have a bass pedal included as well.
My opinion about the value of price is not so good , mainly because this is one of the most expensive drum sets I have ever had to deal with , the price is about 5000 $ , however thinking not only about the money , you get a lot of natural "tricks" that you can use in your grooves like a very expressive play for crashed and rides , good sensitivity on kicks hi hats and snares , and of course the quality of these sounds is extremely natural and plesant.
Precision and quality of the sound is outstanding , I haven't ever heard some digital drum set that sound as close to the acoustic one as this product , quality , precision , velocity , V effects , everything is very very good.
I've tried several models before this , however none of them costs as much as these , but there's a big difference between a cheap drum set and basically one of the most amazing drum sets out there.
Knowing what I know , I do think I would get this product if I would own the money and I would need something that is compact, light weight , sounds great , is very pro and has a usb connection to the computer.Read more on Audiofanzine
The PDP Pacific Mx drum set is an intermediate level kit for the experienced drummer. The maple wood is a huge improvement over entry-level drum sets. The sound quality is significantly better than anything you can buy for under $500. Granted, there are a lot better drum sets you can buy for over $1000, but are more appropriate for professional drummers. The Mx series is adequate for experienced players to be used for practice or for gigs where you wouldn't want to risk beer being spilled on $2000 drums. If you keep new heads on these drums, they can sound decent. I recommend swapping out the hardware because the official DW hardware isn't ridiculously expensive, but is much more durable than the PDP hardware. The kick pedal is particularly low quality, and probably worse than any other pedal you could replace it with for $50. The hi-hat stand is has some decent features like rotating legs. However, I would not feel comfortable touring or even gigging for fear of it breaking. I also recommend purchasing a better snare drum at some point. The snare alone can make all the difference for the sound of a drum set. If you are eyeing a more expensive drum kit, but are hesitant about spending all the money, get the Mx and a sweet snare drum. It is the way to go.
I have used these drums on many recordings over the past several years. I typically play pop/rock styles of music. These drums are perfect for these styles because they have a strong and hard attack, but also a nice tone to the sustain. I don't feel like this drums would be good for soft or delicate music like jazz. I suppose with the right drum heads, tuning, and playing style that decent results could be achieved. However, the 22' bass drum that came with my kit produces some serious punch. I would definitely recommend a smaller size kick drum if you want to play something other than rock music.
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The Hart Dynamics snare trigger is an e-drum that can be used with many percussion sound modules. I have a TD-3, and I haven't had any problems with it. Check the Hart Dynamics website for compatibility if you are seriously considering a purchase. The best part about the product is that has solid construction. I get the impression that it is going to last a very long time, unless something weird with the triggering mechanism malfunctions. The drum itself seems extremely solid, even more than the expensive roland triggers, and definitely more than any cheap rubber pad. I like the look of the real metal drum shell much better than anything from roland, yamaha, etc. I have the stock mesh head still installed, and it has been pretty durable. I play the drum a couple of times a week in a smoke-free studio. I can't see replacing the mesh head for a while. One thing I found a little different about this drum is that the trigger contacts the mesh head from underneath. The trigger is a little bit larger than the size of a quarter. When I hit the mesh head directly above the trigger, it seems to register a 'harder hit' than when I hit the mesh head at the same velocity next to the trigger.
If you look on the Hart Dynamics webpage, they have recommendations for programming your percussion sound module to get the best results with this drum trigger. I followed their recommended settings, but actually had mixed results. I found that I was getting occasional retriggering after snare hits and even cross-talk when hitting other drums on my kit. I had to bump up the threshold a little bit from their recommended settings, which solved all the problems.
All in all, a great product especially if you want your e-drums to look like the real thing. The 13" size is also great compared to smaller pads. I have a lot of drums come into my studio that are only used to playing real drums. For a while, I only had Roland pads, which they didn't like. Now with the Hart Dynamics drums, I get much fewer complaints about how different the transition to e-drums for acoustic drums is. Plus, as soon as these guys hear the sounds (BFD2, SSD4, SD2, Addictive Drums, NI Studio Drummer) of the drums they are triggering, they immediately get over the problem.Read more on Audiofanzine
What I like most about this product is the feel, the touch, how great and natural Alesis made this product.
This great product has the ability to give life to your drum patterns which is so important if you make pop rock songs or you can even put a different spin making some jazz or hip-hop composition.
The drum hoops are triple flanged steel and tension adjustable. I also do like that crash symbol can be muted just like in some acoustic drums.
The value of price is great, you can't really buy something greater for this price, this is one of the most quality products out there that costs around 800$.
Precision and quality of sounds is pretty wow , some don't really like the snare sound, however I do think that this products combines great an electronic kit with an acoustic one.
The pads are tight and solid which is something very important , however there are some issues regarding the clamps , but it's a matter of choice.
I have tried some other drum machines out there, one of it is Roland which is like the king in drum machines , this product isn't much lower in terms of quality than the Roland drum machines.
Without a doubt, the sound provided by this product is exactly what we musicians need, high-quality and fast and without a doubt easy to use.
Knowing what I know I would make the same choice just because the sound provided by this product is more than enough and the balance between the price of the product and the quality provided is well made.
If you're searching for a Drum Kit that sounds good, is easy to use , is well-made and also is a keeper, without a doubt, this is the right choice
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Pros: the quality of the sounds housed within the brain are difficult to beat. Former Roland customer here. Playability is good too. Can use mesh, rubber, or real drum heads. Open sound source with company website offering periodical updates to sounds, features, and operating system. You can import your own .wav files and make your own sounds. It's a fraction of the cost of a flagship Roland kit yet in a sonic comparison, I'd be shocked if the Drumit did not prevail.
Cons: The rack system, while certainly adequate, does not denote a sense of professional gear. There seems to be a mismatch that could be sending a mixed message to consumers. The kit should scream "professional's choice" and is so to being worthy of just that. Cymbal triggering can be a bit fickle, especially the bell. No positional sensoring at this point. A choice of colors other than orange would most likely be welcomed. Headphone output is not nearly as hot as Roland modules.
Overall, I feel it's a big upgrade in many ways from my Roland kit. For the serious drummer who demands serious sounds, this kit should satisfy. A matchup of hardware to parallel what is likely to be the best sounding module available, would make this already superb kit the one to beat.Read more on Audiofanzine
I tried several cajons from several different brands. I found that the Kopf cajons were just at a much higher quality standard than the others that I played. I love the poplar wood....it has such a warm tone. Also, the padded seat is alot more comfortable during long sets. The sound quality is amazing, it has really deep bass tones and a great slap and snare tone. There is also a great separation between the bass and the snare, really can't hear the snare when hitting the bass tones. Overall, I would say that you can't go wrong with purchasing this cajon. It is priced at $299.99 but there were other brands that had cajons around that price and the quality really wasn't there. i would recomend this cajon to anyone who is looking for a professional quality cajon.Read more on Audiofanzine
The DW 5000 is a very well built and designed kick drum pedal that I have seen used many times. You can purchase the DW 5000 single bass drum pedal for around 190 to 220 dollars online or in your local stores. Of course this is the TD3 version of the pedal, there is also a AD3 which to me doesn’t really hold weight to the DW 5000 TD3 because the TD3 is just flat out a lot faster than the other one. The TD 3 has built in adjustable spurs and non skid Velcro so the pedal won’t start moving on you while playing. The quality of the 5000 TD3 is better than most of the other DW lines including the 4000, 7000, and maybe even the 9000 line. Plus TD3 could be more affordable than those other versions from DW. I feel that clean across the board the TD3 could be the best DW pedal on the market even though it has been out for a few years now but it is still being used on so many DW machines. The TD3 provides you with a more easy kick or stroke to the drum, while the AD3 will give you a more powerful punch to the drum. So when it is all said and done it will come down to how you feel about the pedal. It will be more about how you like your kick to feel, the best bet for any one considering this pedal would be to go try them out first, that way you won’t make the wrong decision and you will get what your personal taste likes. But both the DW 5000 TD3 and the AD3 are both great pedals, they are very well built and will last a long time. Since they are pretty standard pedals now, almost any DW kit you check out in the store will have one of the pedals that I described so you will be able to see which one you like. Great value and price with the TD3 line and a very fluid feel to it. I recommend it!
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I like the look and feel of this kit...I'm not a drummer by choice, it's simply out of necessity in the studio...The kit records quite nicely when mic'd properly...The finish is beautiful and all hardware is nice a stable..
The sound is a standard rock tone. The kick is deep but small which makes an interesting punch in the low end...I tried a lot of drums while searching and these were the best value for what I was getting...It's a nice middle of the road kit- better than the standard pearls and tamas IMHO...
Knowing what I know now, I would certainly consider purchasing this kit again although there are others in its' price range that offer similar ammenities...Read more on Audiofanzine