2BOX Drumit Five comes to the USA for Christmas

For those of you who have been with us since we since we named the 2BOX DrumIt 5 as the Best New Product at the 2010 NAMM Show, Christmas has been a long time coming.  Click here to see pricing and availability on the drum modules and cymbals.  For the drums themselves, you will need [...]

By | December 18th, 2012|Drums|

Drums XD: Editor’s Choice – best Drums for the iPad

Drums XD solves the problems of drums on the iPad The App Store is lousy with drum apps, most of them not worth the time they take to download.  There are a lot of challenges when playing drums on an iPad.  Drums XD solves the most common problems, and does so in the most musical [...]

By | October 24th, 2012|Drums, iThing|

2011 Holiday gift guide for music & audio geeks (part 2)

Thanksgiving Thingamagoop Thinglink Edition - gifts under $200 Thingamagoop 2 - $160 (built) (hover and poke the thingamgoops in the eye for a demo)The music and audio geek in your life is sure to be thankful after unwrapping a Thingamagoop 2. The T2 marries the original analog Thingamagoop with a digital synthesizer you control with [...]

By | November 24th, 2011|Drums, Gig Bag, Tech|

2BOX DrumIt Five: Winter 2010 Update

Now available in a country near you! (Maybe) If you live in the US, it's looking like it will take some work (or at least some driving) to get a 2BOX Electronic Drum System under the tree this Christmas.  Meanwhile, it's a 2BOX in every pot for our neighbors to the north.  We have been [...]

By | November 29th, 2010|Drums, Tech|

Holiday Gift Guide for Musicians and Music Lovers #2

Check the How-to-Buy guides if you're interested in gifting drums, keyboards, a guitar or bass. #2: Gifts Under $500 Zen Tambour or Hapi Drum - $345 to $435 The Zen Tambour and HAPI drum are tuned, steel tongue hand drums that are easy to learn and fun to play.  Inspired by the hang, [...]

By | November 22nd, 2010|Drums, Gig Bag, Tech|

How to Buy a Drum Kit

(No. 2 in a Series)  Part 1 covered where to buy a musical instrument, and gave some general advice on what to buy.  We concluded by recommending that you purchase brand-name equipment at a price that is appropriate to the level of commitment you have to the instrument. If thine enemy wrong thee, buy each [...]

By | November 8th, 2010|Drums|

How to Buy a Musical Instrument

Buying a musical instrument for the first time can be a daunting task. Each instrument is surrounded by its own vocabulary and mythology, and unbiased information is hard to find. This series will provide straight-forward advice for anyone looking to buy their first (or first "real") keyboard, bass, guitar, or drum set. Where should I [...]

By | November 7th, 2010|Bass, Drums, Guitar, Piano|

Play > Backbeatless R&B/Hip-Hop Groove #74

Back on Cinco de Mayo, we learned to play tambourine thanks to Latin Percussion (LP).  Today, we pick up a groove from Tommy Igoe courtesy of Vic Firth -- another company with a strong and generous education program. Vic Firth (awarded Best-Dressed Male by MMT at NAMM 2010) is himself a leader in percussion education, [...]

By | September 9th, 2010|Drums|

Little Feat’s Richie Hayward: 1946-2010

Sad to see him go.  Decades on the road, and no health insurance.  Roll right through the night... He was born February 6, 1946 in Clear Lake, Iowa.  He was in a band called The Factory in Los Angeles whose front man was Lowell George.  Eventually, Lowell joined Frank Zappa, offered him the song “Willin’,” [...]

By | August 13th, 2010|Drums, Gig Bag|

HAPI Drum Slims Down, Tunes Up, Sells Out

We introduced the HAPI Drum as a NAMM Gem find earlier this year.  The folks at HapiTones have added a new model, the HAPI Slim.  As demonstrated below by John Pascuzzi (aka the World’s most mellow drummer), the HAPI Slim is shorter than previous models, while maintaining the same surface area for playing. The smaller [...]

By | July 28th, 2010|Drums|