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NAMM 2014 - John Blackwell - TAMA 40th Anniversary Party
Monday, 03 February 2014 20:25
 
This footage was taken during the TAMA Drums 40th Anniversary Party, which was attended by the entire Hoshino family. Players included: Billy Cobham, Lenny White, Charlie Benante, Spanky McCurdy, Simon Phillips, and Mike Portnoy, all with insanely talented bands playing with them. This was taken from the front row with one camera and an external mic. Anton and I were lucky enough to have gotten there early enough for front row! We sat next to Billy's family and Ronald Bruner Jr's Mom! It was amazing... We hope you enjoy this inside look at a NAMM special event!
 
John Blackwell is a Grammy winning drummer most commonly known for his work with Prince, Patti LaBelle, Justin Timberlake and his own John Blackwell Project.
 
 
 
The evening started off with a video history of the brand from the early 1970's, leading up to today. The room was amazing, equipt with ultra-huge LCD display screens on either side of the stage and the sound was immense. We would like to thank Aaron Vishria for making sure Sick Drummer Magazine had VIP access for covering this stellar evening of drumming. 
 

Each group played for about ten minutes and there were video appearances in between from some who could not attend. Stewart Copeland of The Police was even on scene for a quick speech, and was his usual entertaining self. Closing the event was a five-kit drum circle that featured Rayford Griffin, John Blackwell, Billy Rymer, Blake Richardson and Ronald Bruner Jr.
 
Winter NAMM 2014 took place in Anaheim, California, January 23rd - 26th and was one of the best shows we have experienced in recent years.
 
More new gear pictures and news can be found on the TAMA website: http://www.tamadrum.co.jp/usa/news/show/namm2014/index.html

 
NAMM 2014 - UFIP Cymbals - Bionic Series - Crash/Ride
Monday, 03 February 2014 17:49
The New UFIP Bionic has evolved into an even more exciting and musical range with a new twist on the original Bionic concept, making this series even more contemporary and totally up to date. A truly stunning playing experience for the rock and metal drummer that requires a real musical cymbal.
 
 
 
These cymbals are faster and more dynamic, but still retain the power and cut of the original Bionic classics. The Bionic sets a new standard, simply awesome! Hammered especially deep and wide, then polished to a lustrous golden finish, giving the cymbal added warmth, richness and tonality, the new Bionic Series offers great control and versatility in any musical environment.
 
This cymbal really did have unreal separation and stick definition between the bell tones and bow tones, regardless of how hard we hit it. Even striking it very hard, the sounds remained individual and the bell still cut through without choking the natural ring from hitting any other part of the cymbal body. A very well made cymbal and one we would be happy to have on a kit.
 
For more information on UFIP Cymbals and their products, visit them here: http://www.en.ufip.it/
 
For more NAMM Coverage from Sick Drummer Magazine, check this link. We will be adding a lot more to it in the coming days: http://www.sickdrummermagazine.com/index.php/news/namm-show-coverage/2014-namm-coverage.html
 
 
Winter NAMM 2014 took place in Anaheim, California, January 23rd - 26th and was one of the best shows we have experienced in recent years.

 
NAMM 2014 - Roland TM2 Trigger Module - 4 Signals
Friday, 31 January 2014 20:09
 
Battery powered for those Euro tours and small in size, the Roland TM-2 Trigger Module provides a simple solution for enhancing acoustic drums with the creative versatility of electronic percussion. Two trigger inputs support a wide variety of pads and drum triggers from Roland, while the ready-to-play pro sounds are optimized for augmenting live acoustic drums and extending the percussion capabilities of any drum set. Studio-quality multi-effects are on tap to process your kits, and you can even trigger your own custom WAV sounds, loops, and backing tracks via an SDHC card. By combining the TM-2 with products such as Roland’s BT-1 Bar Trigger Pad, KT-10 Kick Trigger Pedal, or RT-series acoustic drum triggers, it’s never been easier or more affordable to create a powerful hybrid drum kit that blends acoustic and electronic elements together.
 
 
 
- Compact trigger module for acoustic drummers looking to enhance their kits with electronic percussion
- Over 100 ready-to-play professional sounds, ranging from acoustic drums and percussion to modern electronic instruments
- Includes many sounds and tonal elements designed for layering with acoustic drums and playing live drums through a PA system
- Suitable for all genres, from rock and metal to electronic music
- SDHC card slot lets users trigger their own WAV sounds stored on SDHC media, from one-shot samples and loop phrases to complete backing tracks
- Two trigger inputs that support both single- and dual-trigger pads
- Simple and intuitive user interface for creating and selecting kits
- Process kits with powerful effects such as reverb, flanger, delay, and more
- Compatible with Roland RT-series including the BT-1 Bar Trigger Pad, KT-10 Kick Trigger Pedal, V-Pads, and V-Cymbals
- Powered by batteries or included AC adapter; runs for up to four hours on four AA-size batteries
- Included mounting plate allows the TM-2 to be attached to a hi-hat stand or drum rack with a standard multi-clamp
- MIDI I/O for triggering sounds in external sound modules, capturing MIDI data in music software, and playing the TM-2 from other devices
 

With its ultra-compact size, simple operation, and very affordable price, the TM-2 gives you a hassle-free way to bring the power of Roland electronic percussion to your acoustic drum kit. It mounts quickly and unobtrusively onto a hi-hat stand or drum rack using standard hardware, while the convenience of battery-powered operation eliminates the need to bring AC power to your setup. The intuitive panel features straightforward controls for assigning sounds to the trigger inputs and saving them as kits, plus large, easy-to-press buttons for calling up kits as you perform.
 
The TM-2 is equipped with trigger inputs for connecting two pads or trigger devices at once. Nearly any pad in Roland’s extensive V-Drums lineup can be used, including those that support dual triggering. When building a hybrid kit, ideal partners for the TM-2 include the BT-1 Bar Trigger Pad, which has a curved shape that mounts onto the rim of an acoustic drum, and the new KT-10 Kick Trigger Pedal, which features an innovative, all-in-one design and compact size that fits comfortably alongside other pedals in your kit. The TM-2 also works great with Roland’s RT-series acoustic drum triggers that mount on kick, snare, and tom drums.
 
In top-level playing situations, professional drummers and sound engineers strive to create polished, high-impact sounds when amplifying live acoustic drums through a PA system. With the TM-2 and RT-series acoustic drum triggers, it’s simple to achieve processed, concert-quality drum sounds wherever you play. The trigger module offers a wide range of acoustic sounds and tonal elements optimized for layering with acoustic drums, as well as a generous selection of electronic sounds for modern music styles. In addition, the TM-2’s traditional percussion instruments such as cowbell, wood block, wind chimes, and others are perfect for extending the capabilities of any acoustic kit with a compact device such as the BT-1 Bar Trigger Pad.
 
It’s easy to use your own sounds with the TM-2, such as studio-processed drums from song recordings, sound effects, looped grooves, or even complete backing tracks. Just copy WAV audio files from your computer onto an SDHC card, and then insert it into the trigger module’s card slot—that’s it! You can use your own sounds right alongside the internal sounds as you build kits, which you can also process with the TM-2’s great onboard multi-effects.
 
MIDI I/O in the TM-2 allows you to greatly expand your electronic percussion setup with external devices. You can trigger sounds in V-Drums modules, keyboards, and synth modules, and connect to a computer via a MIDI interface to record MIDI data and play sounds in popular music software. It’s also possible to play the TM-2’s sounds—both internal sounds and WAV sounds stored on an SDHC card—from an external MIDI device.
 
For more NAMM Coverage from Sick Drummer Magazine, check this link. We will be adding a lot more to it in the coming days.
 
Winter NAMM 2014 took place in Anaheim, California, January 23rd - 26th and was one of the best shows we have experienced in recent years.

 


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