NAMM 2018: Yamaha Drums
The main activity from Yamaha’s Drum division at this year’s NAMM show centred around the EAD10 Drum Module, designed to enable help drummers turn their digital kits into electronic ones.
The EAD10 captures the sounds of an acoustic drum set with a single microphone/trigger component attached to a powerful digital processor. Yamaha says the EAD10’s microphone effectively captures and reproduces the natural, dynamic sound of the entire kit, while the module adds effects, including flange, phase, and several varieties of reverb. For hybrid drum expansion, the central module features a snare trigger input and two three-zone trigger inputs that are compatible with the Yamaha DT50S snare trigger and DTX Series pads. This connectivity provides endless creative possibilities with nearly 800 stored sounds and effects, an onboard sampler and 50 preset combinations, with room to program 200 more.
The EAD10’s free Rec‘N’ Share iOS app enables drummers to record their drum track on top of favourite music, while at the same time capture a video of their performance. Once complete, they can easily share the result on social platforms such as YouTube. Bands performing in small live venues may want to connect the central module to a mixer, to use the EAD10 as a reference for the PA system. With all drums and effects routed through the PA, the EAD10 helps integrate a live band’s sound into a more coherent whole, the maker says.
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