electronic drums

Turn your Nintendo DS into a Drum Kit

Are you a drummer with a Nintendo DS and wish could drum while waiting in the popcorn line while going to catch High School Musical IX: This time We’re Gonna Sing about the Debate Team at the $2 movie. Gots da 1337 h4ck3r skillzz?? Well, thanks to the guys over at Pocketgamer.co.uk, you can hack your pocket gaming system into a virtual drumkit – complete with your own virtual Yamaha electronic drums! Sure, it voids your warranty and can potentially be leaked back to big N that you’ve distributed “Warez,” but why, oh why, didn’t they put an actual drum kit on the screen?! Who wants to tap around a virtual synthetic kit when you could have a huge monster rock kit alá Mike Portnoy? Ah well … enjoy, and let us know how it is!

Drummer Talk 09/14/2007 – The Truth About Electronic Drums

We uncover the 4 truths about electronic drums today as well as bring you drumming news. The Flam Tap is the rudiment of the week, but we also rant on the Patriots at the end of the show. Show Notes

Drummer Talk 10/27/2005 – Drumathon 2005 Recap, Electronic Percussion

This week, we recap the 24hr Drumathon, discuss electronic percussion, and talk about using loops and samples with acoustic drums.

Dave’s Treatise on Drum Machines, Loops, and Other Electronic-ness

I hate drum machine jazz!! Ok .. now that I’ve got that out of my system, I can continue in a more civilized manner.

Well, it’s not to say that I’m some elite purist or anything, but I just can’t stand to listen to some really great horn player blasting away on top of pre-fab, pro-tooled tracks. Ugh. I don’t feel threatened by drum machines or anything. I mean, people don’t want to see a drum machine take a solo, so I’ll always find work, but it’s just that I can’t stand to listen to music that at it’s very heart is meant to be organically played with emotion and passion. Maybe it’s an economic thing .. I dunno. But to replace the guts of a classic tune with mechanically sounding rhythm parts so a soloist can crank out another record just flies in the face of everything I believe in about music. Read more