On this week’s show, we talk about some cool new gear coming from Musikmesse 2011 in Frankfurt, Germany! In the news, Jason Bitter clinic details, Foo Fighters’ new record breaks records, you can go to PASIC for free, and this just in: Chris Coleman clinic at Memphis Drum Shop to be streamed for FREE! Show notes after the break.
Ever seen a cymbal shaped like a samurai helmet? Or a shield? Or a hand? MusicRadar hadn’t – until we met British cymbal-maker Matt Nolan at Musikmesse 2009.
Nolan gave us a quick interview about the methods behind his cymbalsmithery, and even played them for us, too.
As Rhyhtm magazine’s Chris Barnes says: “They sound absolutely nuts”. But in a good way…
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.