Gear4music.com has announced it is bringing XM Electronic Drum Kits to the UK market, with the XMT-5SR, XM-7S and XM-8SR, designed to play like an acoustic kit.
The kits use real wooden drum shells and tension adjustable mesh heads.
Sampling and multi-zone mesh pads across the range mean that these drums are designed to look and sound like acoustic drums. Multiple triggers equip the drum heads (3 on the XM-7S and XM-8SR; 2 on the XMT-5SR) and dual triggers are featured on the cymbals. Each mesh head is velocity sensitive, whilst the crash is chokable. There are 70 sampled voices on board the XMT-5SR and 119 voices on the XM-7S and XM-8SR. It is possible to hook a kit up to a computer via the built-in MIDI In / Out to access more features. Software such as Superior Drummer is designed to allow musicians to use thousands of drum sounds, as well as record MIDI drum patterns that are customisable.
XM electronic kits are designed for practice, studio work, as well as live performance. All pads are attached to a rack that can be adapted to suit the drummer’s preferred setup. The XM series features a bass drum attached to the rack, so the kick drum will not move out of place. In addition, the inclusion of two outputs allows for monitoring of the drums and metronome through headphones, while at the same time a separate main drum output can be taken – for performers whose timing is central to their sound.
Pricing & Availability
UK RRP for the XMT-5SR is £699.00, XM-7S is £849.00 and the XM-8SR, £1,099.00. Each kit comes as standard with the Gear4music one year warranty, which can be upgraded to a 5 year warranty for a small extra cost.
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