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Alesis Releases Drummer’s Amp

Yes, you read that headline right. Alesis has released an amp specifically designed for drummers with electronic kits. Supposedly you plug your electronic kit into the amp to hear yourself. The hook is that this amp apparently has an iPod dock built in to the frame. Another one of the alleged draws is that this will apparently afford the drummer less cables to use when playing to tracks… somehow. This just seems impractical to me. To me, the only real purpose for this is in personal practice settings. At that point, wouldn’t just plugging in your headphones to your iPod (or other sound source) be much easier? Who knows? Maybe it’s just me, but does this also seem gimmicky? Maybe I’m just a bit cynical these days.

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Roland Starts Shipping TD-4S V-Kit

As we’ve discussed at length on the show, electronic drums will never (say it with me) never replace acoustic drums in terms of feel and overall sound. That said, Roland’s new TD-4S V-Kit is really nice. I’m usually not a fan of rubber pads on electronic kits, but this one looks pretty good. Simpler, more streamlined stands, easier cable-wrangling. I’m sold. Check out the demo video Johnny Rabb (Friend of The Show) did at this past Winter NAMM in Anaheim. Roland’s started shipping these monsters. MSRP looks to be in $1,200 range.

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