Here is something right up my street – a new electronic drum module, no it is not from Roland and Yamaha but from Pearl Drums. I have always loved Pearl Drums and I grew up near to where they had a factory.
I must admit I did not think they would venture out into the electronic market but I suppose today you just have to cober all bases to stay in business. Having said that it looks like Pearl have made a wise decision teaming up with Steven Slate to create what they call “the world’s most advanced electronic drum module called the Mimic Pro as a dedicated hardware host for Steven Slate Drums”
Have a look at the You Tube clip. I obviously haven’t heard the on board 60 Kits that it has but although I am pleased and excited about this module, I was disappointed with the You Tube Clip. It starts off by indicating that all other modules are stuck in the 80s. I agrere with this statement to some extent but what I then wanted to hear is drum sounds of 2016/2017 instead the clip goes on to explain how it can reproduce real drum sounds mimicing the original kits, hense the name Mimic Pro. Whilst this all sounds great, I still think it should have some up-to-date sounds (maybe it has?). If its aim is to Mimic Drums, why not mimic some of the computer generated drum sounds that have been created with filters, exciters, compressors and transient shapers that end up on so many hit songs or TV themes today.
Mimic Pro will be available in the early part of 2017.
Here are some of its features:-
24-Bit Steven Slate Drums 5
Multi Channel Samples With Separate Adjustment Of Close, Overhead, and Room Mics
IPS Touch Screen
60GB Solid State Drive
Top Level Burr Brown Converters
16 Audio Outputs (8 On The Module / 8 From The DB-25 Connector)
Two Completely Separate Mixers For Headphone and Aux Outs – Drummer Gets A Personal Mix With Effects That Does Not Affect Outputs)
All Inputs Have Cymbal Choke Function
Supports Triple and Dual Zone Cymbals and Sual Zone Hi-Hat
Compatible With Most Pads On The Market
SD Card Slot and USB
Imports One Shot Samples From Wave and AIFF
MIDI In and Out