Roland’s new electronic drum pads could change the way you drum

Roland are taking digital drums to the next level with their new SPD::ONE pads putting realistic drums at your fingertips. Roland’s new SPD::ONE series is a range of digital percussion pads that gives drummers authentic…

A drum machine, synth, sequencer, controller, all in one with Zoom’s AR-48

It’s getting easier and easier to compact the things you need to make music into one piece of equipment. The Zoom ARQ AR-48 takes that to the next level. Your days of searching for tech…

Meet the instrument that “pushes the threshold of electronic music production”

Klip is a powerful instrument and drum machine that creators Sample Magic say will push the threshold of electronic music. Klip is a unique digital instrument and drum machine designed by sample and plugin creators Sample…

Watch this DJ play Avicii’s ‘Without You’ like a giant arcade game

This DJ re-created Avicii’s Without You like an arcade game with all the samples on drums around him. Watch the video of DJ AFISHAL drumming the track out perfectly all the way through, or does he?

Transform the world through music and colour with just a ring from Specdrums

This Kickstarter project innovates music playing in an entirely unique way combining colour and the world’s largest tool – the world itself. Specdrums is the name of these new “instruments”, developed by students hailing from…

Cubase launch new essential groove pack for classic rock and roll

Rock and Roll Essentials is a new pack filled with the classic rock fills and grooves that defined a generation of music for Cubase. Heralding the earliest, most famous and respected drummers in rock ‘n’…

130 amazing drum machines for Kontakt now available as free VST/AU plugin

This awesome plugin gives you access to 130 of the rarest classic drum machines and is no longer exclusive to users with Kontakt. We wrote about the Mega Drum Machines collection earlier this year when it…

Roland founder, pioneer and 808 creator Ikutaro Kakehashi has died

One of modern music’s biggest influencers, the Japanese engineer behind some of the world’s most iconic drum machines and synths has died. Roland’s original founder, Japanese engineer Ikutaro Kakehashi, has died at the age of…

Arturia Beatstep Pro: step sequencer / controller review and hands-on performance

Arturia have been making some really interesting gear in the past few years, from analogue synths and drum machines such as the Mini/Micro & DrumBrute, to very impressive modular systems like the Matrixbrute. Wherever Arturia…