Matt Halpern Releases Signature Drumsticks

Matt Halpern Pro Mark Signature Drumsticks

Introducing Matt Halpern Promark Signature Stick

Promark is excited to announce the Matt Halpern signature stick. This stick – designed to the Periphery drummer’s specs – has a front weighted feel to optimize power and speed while producing full/robust tones from the drums and cymbals.

Matt Halpern Drumsticks

The Matt Halpern stick is a standard 16” in length and .630” diameter. Although 2B in size this stick plays more like a 5B. The short taper and large round tip give this stick a well-balanced, front weighted feel to optimize power and speed while producing full/robust tones from the drums and cymbals. For more specs look here.

Matt Halpern Performs “Lune”, from Periphery III: Select Difficulty

Matt Plays: Evans Heavyweight Drumheads

Matt Halpern Evan Heavyweight Snare DrumheadEvans Snare Heavyweight Drumheads
Evans Heavyweight heads feature a combination of two identical plies of 10mil film to provide maximum durability and a compressed attack while maintaining a wide dynamic range. The Reverse Dot lends extra durability, focus and attack in the center. Evans Level 360 technology is incorporated to extend the level playing surface of the drumhead, 360 degrees around the drum. Detailed specs on this Snare head can be found here.

Matt Halpern Evan Heavyweight Bass Drum HeadsEvans Bass Drum Heavyweight Drumheads
Evans EMAD Heavyweight series features two plies of film. The combination of two identical plies of 10mil film provides maximum durability and a compressed attack while maintaining a wide dynamic range. The EMAD Heavyweight contains two interchangeable damping rings that maximize attack and low-end without removing the head or reaching inside the drum.

Matt Halpern on the New Evans EMAD Heavyweight Bass Head

Matt Halpern Quick Facts

After college Matt toured extensively with a couple bands and eventually joined up with instrumental group, Animals as Leaders. After performing with the group in 2009, Matt had the opportunity to join progressive metal band Periphery, and he’s been with them ever since.

Performing and touring all over the world, Matt and Periphery have shared the stage with bands such as Dream Theater, Gojira, Lamb of God, the Dillinger Escape Plan, August Burns Red, Arch Enemy and many more.

Related links: Matt’s Site, Periphery Site.

Chad Smith Holds Masterclass In London

Chad Smith Drum Kit

Red Hot Chili Peppers Drummer Chad Smith Holds Masterclass At ACM London

On Wednesday, December 7, the Academy Of Contemporary Music (ACM) was pleased to welcome long-standing patron of their Guildford campus Chad Smith through the doors of ACM London for the very first time.

Using a rare day off from the Red Hot Chili Peppers U.K. tour, Chad came down to ACM London for a masterclass held exclusively for ACM students and two competition winners.

“This is my first time at ACM London, although I have a room named after me at ACM Guildfordthe Chad Smith Room,” Chad said.

A Huge Fan Of London

London, to me, is such an important musical city, and when I was growing up as a kid, the bands that I loved and the drummers that I loved the most were from England and a lot of them were from London; drummers like Keith Moon, Charlie Watts, Mitch Mitchell — so important to drumming history and for what they bring to music and how they influenced me. So it’s a real honor to be in the city and to come to a school where kids are learning to play music and drums. Just to be able to come and give back a little bit — I’m just really excited and happy to be here.”

Rhythm Magazine Collaboration

Held in partnership with Rhythm magazine, the masterclass was hosted by ACM‘s head of creative industry development Ace (also the guitarist in Skunk Anansie). The class included an intimate performance in the Academy’s live performance room, before they headed upstairs to the lecture room for a question-and-answer session.

Said Rhythm editor Chris Burke: “As one of the U.K.‘s biggest music colleges, with great facilities, top tutors and great courses for drummers, ACM is a perfect partner for Rhythm magazine. Like ACM, we pride ourselves on our comprehensive educational content with video drum lessons from the U.K.‘s finest tutors given away every month on the ‘Rhythm Lessons’ CD.” Read more at Blabbermouth.

Drum Apps To Enjoy During Christmas!

As We All Know No-One Can Hide From It As Drum Apps Is Evereywhere, On Your Smartphone Or Tablet

We’ve Picked The Coolest Drum Apps That’ll Help You Create New Beats, AND at The Same Time Iprove Yor Dumming Skills

Impaktor – The Drum Synthesizer By BeepStreet

Impaktor is a drum synthesizer with a vast sonic palette, that turns any surface into a playable percussion instrument.

You just slap your desk like you would a real drum. The real acoustical impulses from the built-in microphone are used as an excitation source for advanced sound modules that simulates behavior of membranes, cymbals, metallophones or strings. This makes Impaktor a highly responsive and expressive instrument.

With semi-modular architecture and several types of synthesis, Impaktor can produce a wide range of tones, from acoustic, like Tabla, Djembe, Marimba, Cymbals, Metal bars to electronic or industrial sounds.

Enjoy the most realistic virtual drumming experience available for mobile devices! Works with: iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5S, 5C, iPod Touch 4th gen and all iPads

Like most other Drum Apps it requires headphones. Works best with headphones without built-in microphone.

Price: $4.99

Drum Guru (FREE)

Drum Guru is an app for Apple’s iPad and iPhone and Google Android that features lesson “packs” taught by pro drummers demonstrating great grooves, fills, and sharing other insights and techniques.

Drum Guru is the only app of its kind that features real, pro drummers teaching you one-on-one their signature grooves, licks and fills!

Each lesson pack features a “Lesson Mode” and “Practice Mode”.

In Lesson Mode, you will see a video demonstrating the lesson. You can hit the 1/2 speed button to actually slow down the video in both normal size and also in full screen.

In Practice Mode, you will find the lesson written out and can hear it played. You can also pause, loop, and adjust the tempo so you can better learn the lesson.

Price: Free

Ratatap Drums

The harder you hit the drums, the louder they sound. Swirl your finger around for slower or faster rolls. The drum sound varies slightly from hit to hit, just like real drums.

  • iPhone/iPad/Retina display universal.
  • Hundreds of 44.1khz hifi drums.
  • Realistic blending of drum strikes.
  • Bend the pitch of your toms and tablas.
  • Multitrack recording and online sharing.
  • You can even share your performances online on the web, tweet.
  • Jam out with your iPod library tracks.
  • Try our “Dueling Drumsets” so two people can rock out with their own set on one device.
  • So much more! Editing appearance, position, and size of drums! Volume variance! So much more.

Price: Free or $1.99 for Advanced version (without ads / ability to edit drumset)

Drum Beats+ Rhythm Metronome

Drum Apps DrumBeats Rhythm

Drum Beats+ is the metronome app that improves your timing using great sounding drum beats, not a boring click!

But that’s not all. It can also help you write songs, jam with friends, or even perform live. It’s a learning, jamming and performing tool that keeps getting better, just like you.

Tempo

Drum Apps Tempo

Tempo is the bestselling and most accurate metronome of all drum apps in the App Store. Featured as “New and Noteworthy” and “Staff Favorite” by Apple on the main iTunes landing page. Same price as upgrading a free alternative. If you’re going to demo free apps, why not give Tempo Lite a try?

Track Practices By time or number of bars. Stay on top of your drills by tracking the number of bars played or time passed. Combine with setlists for organized workouts!

Can’t make up your mind? Why not try out our free Lite version first. The Lite version features alternate app icons and interface colors. (On iPhone/iPod touch, both versions feature light and dark themes.)

Price: Free or $2.99 for Advanced version for iPad and iPhone.

TD-50 : Exactly What Is With New With This Module?

Roland TD-50 New Features

At the heart of new flagship Roland TD-50KV V-Drums kit, you’ll find the tantalising box of black magic that is

The TD-50. You’ve probably heard that it’s our most powerful drum module ever.

But maybe you’re still wondering whats mew features Roland TD-50 can actually be advantegous in todays drumming enviroments? In this post and video, we introduce seven trailblazing featurs. The major benefits of the new drum brain presente. And ultimeately, reveal how they’ll make you a better drummer.

The Simplicity Of Loading New WAV Files

Roland TD-50 is the first module that lets you bring custom sounds into your setup. First off, record your sample – whether that’s an antique acoustic snare, a musical sequence, or maybe a vocal phrase, and save it to an SD card.

Next, load the card into the Roöamd TD-50’s dedicated port and watch as your sample magically appears on the module’s screen. Finally, decide which pad you’ll hit to trigger your sample, whether you want to layer it with one of onboard sounds, or even play it on a loop. It’s literally that simple.

Easier Setup Using Balanced XLR & TRS Outputs

Life of touring would be sweet if you could just roll into the venue, assemble your kit and connect directly to the PA. Good news: the Roland TD-50 is the first sound module to offer a stereo XLR master output and eight TRS direct outs.

Meaning, you’ll set up faster, with the balanced connection meaning nothing has to come between the module and PA.

But you’ll have greater control over your live sound, too, by assigning specific pads to individual outputs and fine-tuning the output balance with the Roland TD-50’s dashboard controls.

Prismatic Sound Modeling Supports Advanced Technique

If you’ve chosen the Roland TD-50KV, you’re probably a pretty tasty player, and the most obvious benefit of the TD-50’s processing power is how it responds to your touch.

For experienced drummers, the new Prismatic Sound Modeling within the Roland TD-50 captures every nuance of your style, encouraging you to play with confidence and expression. Complementing the triggering systems of the new PD-140DS snare and CY-18DR ride pads.

In case of gigging schedule, you’ll experiment with over 400 onboard drum and percussion sounds, equipping you for anything from a jazz trio to a thrash-metal outfit. All highly editable, with unprecedented presence and expression baked in.

Signature Sound Enhanced With V-Edit

Drummers, are all individuals, and for a sound that breaks the mould, you’ll want to investigate the deep customisation of the V-Edit system. Most players start with the basics, selecting a variety of shells, heads and cymbals.

But don’t be afraid to get forensic, tailoring everything from the size and thickness of your crash, to the setup of the virtual overhead mics, to the dynamics of your snare crack using the built-in transient editor.

If you want your toms to be fat and mellow, but the rest of the kit to sound hard and lean… No problem: just use the dedicated compressor and equalizer for each pad. You can even add final polish via the three separate multi-fx systems spanning 30 effect types.

Multi-track Recording To DAW Using A USB cable

The USB port is your gateway to faster tracking just connect the Roland TD-50 module to your computer with a single USB cable and you’re ready to record up to ten separate channels of audio to your favourite DAW.

It’s the smart way to get pro drum tracks laid down fast, without turning your studio into a spaghetti junction.

Bring All Song Ideas With Audio Record Function

When you stumble across the greatest beat since the dawn of drumming. Obviously, you want to record this flash of godlike genius before you forget it, but you’re nowhere near your computer.

With the Roland TD-50 module, thanks to the audio record function. Just hit record and start playing to instantly capture your performance and keep it safely stored in the TD-50’s memory.

When back in the studio, export it to your computer, edit it using your DAW and then fire it over to your bandmates. Job done.

Digital Triggering Supports Roland’s Advanced New Digital Pads

The revelation of TD-50 is that it features all-new digital trigger inputs, too, allowing high-speed communication with Roland’s next-generation PD-140DS digital snare and CY-18DR digital ride.

It’s just one more way in which the Roland TD-50 helps you sound better. And ultimately, that’s what this module is all about.

Despite All These Great Features Of TD-50, its not a Secret That We (and the rest of the “E-Drums Drumsw” world) is more focused on the Pearl Mimic Pro which wil take it all a step forward…..

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