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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.

NAMM 2014 - BillDidIt Booth - Coady xChanger - Cymbal Topper - Compressor - Rotator - Kit Key - Cymbal Post
Friday, 31 January 2014 18:07
First of all, congrats to Joe Menchefski and the BillDidIt team for recently becoming an official part of the Sabian family! We have seen some very clever innovations from BillDidIt at the past couple NAMM shows and this year was no different. They were displaying three products, each one as cool as the next. 
The first was the Coady Xchanger: An auxillary Hi-hat system (rocker switch) that allows drummers to adjust the amount of wash (tightness) of the hats during a performance. The continually variable range, which is about 1/8 of an inch, is simple to change as you play using the xChanger. Even when both feet are being utilized elsewhere, you can still make adjustments to the wash with some simple hits of the stick. This product is very, very durable and retails for $44.95.
The Coady Cymbal Topper: A simple, quick-release, effective alternative to the good old wing nut, or old-school cymbal mounting methods. Durable, affordable and brainless installation, this will be the last "wing nut" you'll ever need and sells for $21.95.
The Coady Rotator: This allows the cymbal to move with less stress and in a more natural fashion on the cymbal stand. Comprised of a ball joint and pivot joint, the rotator makes it so the cymbal is no longer rubbing against the static cymbal stand post. This will allow the cymbal to ring out more of it's natural tones, and at the same time, reduce the stress on the bell and increase the life of the cymbals you work so hard to purchase. The tension of the rotator is adjustable and the unit sells for $29.95.
The Coady Cymbal Post: An extension post you attach to the top of your cymbal stand which does away with the need for a wing-nut or topper of any kind. For drummers who want no restriction on the cymbal at all, and who want a faster tear down and the end of a gig, this product just might be right up your aley. The Coady Cymbal Post sells for $13.79 for one unit and a 3-pack is available for $35.19.
The Coady Kit Key: A drum key on one end that folds out of a "swiss army knife" looking tool. On the inside after the key flips out, there is a gap spaced for use on cymbal and hardware stand wing nuts. Instead of using your tired fingers (or two sticks together as a wrench - like we've all done) to loosen and tighten stand nuts or adjust tom positions, this sturdy tool fits over the nut and becomes almost like a wrench in your hand that makes the job that much faster and easier - and sells for right around $20.00.
The Coady Compressor: Conceived and developed in part by Flo Mounier of Cryptopsy, this is an accessory that gives drummers the ability to keep their Hi-hats in the same, semi-open position every time they remove their foot from the pedal. A different take on the normal clutch, with good points and some other points to consider. This was designed for heavy players, so if you like a bigger gap between the cymbals, this may not be for you. Also, using this accessory will put the force of two springs pulling your cymbals apart. One inside your stand and the other inside the clutch. If possible, you can release the tension of the spring within your stand, making it easier for the clutch to be pushed down. The spring length inside the clutch can be adjusted to fit pretty much any pair of Hi-hats and conform to their different shapes. A great product for those with a need for such functionality and it sells for only $29.95.
For more information on BillDidIt and their products, visit them here:
Winter NAMM 2014 took place in Anaheim, California, January 23rd - 26th and was one of the best shows we have experienced in recent years.

Billy Rymer of The Dillinger Escape Plan - Drum Solo - NAMM 2014 - TAMA Drums 40th Anniversary Party
Thursday, 30 January 2014 22:59
Winter NAMM 2014 took place in Anaheim, California, January 23rd - 26th and was one of the best shows we have experienced in recent years.
This footage of Billy Rymer of The Dillinger Escape Plan, 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.
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, Blake Richardson, John Blackwell, Billy Rymer, and Ronald Bruner Jr.
You can check upcoming April 2014 Dillinger Escape Plan tour dates on their facebook page here:
More new gear pictures and news can be found on the TAMA website:


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