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NAMM 2015 - Sabian Unveils The Big And Ugly Ride Cymbal Collection - Plus B8X Series
Thursday, 29 January 2015 20:04

 

Sabian unveiled the Big and Ugly Ride cymbals at Winter NAMM 2015. These powerful cymbals produce a big, dark, dry, organic and almost imperfect sound, as each one is totally unique due to the "one at a time" manufacturing process. The Big & Ugly collection includes the following cymbal models: the King Ride, Nova Ride, Pandora Ride, Phoenix Ride, Apollo Ride, and Monarch Ride cymbals. These new releases from Sabian will surely add a new "dark side" to any drum kit.

“We know drummers are actively looking for new sounds, and more often than not, these new sounds are old sounds with modern characteristics. As a company that thrives on blending old world cymbal-making with cutting-edge innovation, SABIAN is perfectly positioned to deliver,” comments Sabian CEO Andy Zildjian. “And while the name of the collection may be a little “out-there”, it’s meant to make a statement that these are the cymbals modern drummers are seeking: cymbals that are big – and ugly. Of course, ugly is relative – to us, they’re beautiful!”

 

The Collection:

AA APOLLO 22” & 24”
Versatility, versatility, versatility. Hit it hard for a modern sound, or play it with dynamics for controlled stick and sublime shimmer. Apollo was the God of Music and Poetry − this incredible ride cymbal delivers both.

HH PANDORA 22” & 24”
Medium-dark in tone, medium-light in weight, this is the cymbal for players who like “Blue” notes. Sitting comfortably between the HH King and HH Nova in pitch and tone, it’s the musical equivalent of opening Pandora’s Box!

HH KING 22” & 24”
Goldilocks would love the King Ride − it’s that “just right” amount of dry, dark and wash. Powerful and sophisticated, it may be the most complex cymbal of the collection because depending how you strike it, it can be so many things.

HH NOVA 22” & 24”
Like the one-of-a-kind Ride you find in a dusty rack at the back of a pawn shop, the Nova delivers extremes − as in, extremely low and extremely dry. So if you like being out on the edge musically, this may be the Ride for you.

HHX PHOENIX 22”
Modern players who thrive on exploring a new sonic range will love the dark, mature tones that rise Phoenix-like from this special Ride. If that sounds too much like jazz to you, rest assured it’s not. With the most cut in the collection, it’s also the most consistent and controlled.

Xs20 MONARCH 22”
Medium-Thin, with straight-ahead, focused sound, the Monarch delivers vintage look and feel, and fantastic crashability, at an unbelievable value. Like that amazing cymbal you found in a garage sale, you’ll consider this a huge score.

Learn more here: www.sabian.com/bigugly

Also new at NAMM this year was the B8X Series of cymbals. The B8 Series has been around since the mid-eighties and has been one of the best selling lines for Sabian. They have been reveamped a few times, but this year they really raised the bar. They have added extra hammering, hammered the bell (which has bnever been done on this style cymbal), added pinpoint lathing on the bell and traditional lathing on the rest for a nice contrast. With added adjusted profiles and bell sizes, they have really enhanced the sound and quality of this line of cymbals. Perhaps the best pasrt is that all the enhancements did not change the already affordable pricing of the B8 series.

As another successful NAMM Show comes to a close, buyers and exhibitors from around the world leave Anaheim armed with inspiration, fortified relationships, and new strategies to help them resonate with their customers in the coming year. Winter NAMM 2015 took place in Anaheim, California, January 22nd - 25th and again, was one of the best shows we have experienced in recent years.


 
NAMM 2015 - Navene Koperweis & Frank Costa of Entheos - 2BOX Trigit Acoustic Triggers - TAMA
Monday, 02 February 2015 20:36

 

As you may already know, back in 2013 TAMA signed a US distribution deal for the Swedish 2BOX AB e-drums. Starting their US launch with their celebrated Drumit Five MkII configuration, 2box AB has made quite an impact. Featuring an extensive catalog of pre-programmed sounds and loops, interchangeable heads, dual sound pads, multi-zone cymbals and an honest-to-goodness hi-hat stand, the Drumit Five MkII kits are designed to make the transition from acoustic to electronic drums as natural as possible.

 

This video features Navene Koperweis (ex: Animosity, Animals As Leaders) & Frank Costa of Entheos, playing some of their new songs at NAMM 2015. Navene is playing a combination of e-drums with rubber pads, and TAMA drums with mesh heads, utilizing the new 2BOX TrigIT Acoustic Drum Triggers. Turn your existing acoustic drum kit into a cuttingedge “Drum Sound Station”: the TrigIT Triggers installed on your drums can be connected to just about any drum module. The new Triggers are designed to work with all sound modules on the market. If you are still looking for a drum module, consider 2BOX’s DrumIt Five module. The TrigIT Triggers are a perfect match for this electronic drum module: taking full advantage of the module’s special settings and features, they unleash its true potential.

More on TrigIT Triggers: http://www.2box.se/download/pdf/Trigger-Flyer5.pdf
Learn more about 2box AB Electronic Drums here: http://www.2box.se/US/index.php

As another successful NAMM Show comes to a close, buyers and exhibitors from around the world leave Anaheim armed with inspiration, fortified relationships, and new strategies to help them resonate with their customers in the coming year. Winter NAMM 2015 took place in Anaheim, California, January 22nd - 25th and again, was one of the best shows we have experienced in recent years.


 
NAMM 2015 - Phoenix Drums | Soultone Cymbals With Chason Westmoreland Of Hate Eternal
Thursday, 29 January 2015 21:01

 

This video features Chason Westmoreland of Hate Eternal (ex Burning The Masses, Oceano) playing Phoenix Drums and Soultone Cymbals. Chason recently finished recording the next Hate Eternal release with Erik Rutan at Mana Studios, and we are told it's some of (if not the best) best drumming ever to be tracked for the band. When we asked Erik Rutan about the sessions, he simply said... "Wow." We will be releasing some in-studio footage from that session as soon as permitted, and if nothing else, will be premiering one of the new tracks when available.

The Phoenix Drum Company introduced several new products this year, and from what we have heard, had a great NAMM show this year. To learn more about their American Made drums and other products, please visit their website here: http://www.phoenixdrumco.com/. Soultone Cymbals, now celebrating their 10th Year, always has great sounding gear on display. For more information on Soultone Cymbals, and video demonstrations of all their cymbals please visit their website here: http://www.soultonecymbals.com/. We especially enjoyed the Extreme Series.

As another successful NAMM Show comes to a close, buyers and exhibitors from around the world leave Anaheim armed with inspiration, fortified relationships, and new strategies to help them resonate with their customers in the coming year. Winter NAMM 2015 took place in Anaheim, California, January 22nd - 25th and again, was one of the best shows we have experienced in recent years.


 


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