Roland TR-8: 7X7 Expansion Review

AIRA drum machine broadens its horizons Ever since its release last year, the Roland TR-8 has been flying off the shelves as a new generation of electronic musician starts to tap into the Roland’s amazing heritage of drum machine technology. The AIRA range, which included updated versions of the TB-303 and System 100 synths, has… Read More

AIRA: Famous Users

Rebooted Roland range finds favour with diverse roster of artists It was late in 2013 that people first started hearing rumours of a new range of products from Roland. The brand which has such heritage in electronic music was causing quite a stir on message boards and forums, in anticipation of what may be following. Following… Read More

New Beginner V-Drum Kits From Roland

Entry level excellence There is no shortage of drum kits available for beginners – from the full size, full noise ‘shells and skins’ of an acoustic drum kit to the space saving, low noise convenience of electronic drum kits. Choosing the right kit is usually a compromise between quality and price, particularly when you’re starting… Read More

Review: Alesis DM6 USB

Affordable digital drums are everywhere –  we check out one of the latest in our Alesis DM6 USB Review It wasn’t too long ago that digital drums were for drummers with deep pockets and a more experimental bent. As with all technology, prices have tumbled over the years, and as a result, the electronic kit… Read More

Natal Drums and Percussion Now in Stock At Manchester

Our Manchester store now has a fine selection of drums, hardware and percussion from Natal The drum department at Dawsons Manchester has been steadily expanding over the past few years, and now, it can add Natal products to its portfolio of gear. Natal is one of the most respected British drum and percussion brands. It… Read More

Roland Portable V-Drums Announced

A new Roland Portable V-Drums kit has been unveiled, providing one of the most practical drum kits ever… With the kind of design that is so well realised that it makes you think ‘why has no-one done this before?’, Roland Portable V-Drums have been announced. The new TD-4KP V-Drums Portable combines the module from the TD-4… Read More

Gadget Show ‘s Jason Bradbury Tests DTX400 Kit

Gadget Show Guru, Jason Bradbury, gets his hands on the Yamaha DTX400 kit, and seems mightily impressed… The Gadget Show ‘s interest in music related technology seems to grow every year. The show has screened Music Technology specials, and showcases a wide variety of gear, from instruments, to DJ gear and recording equipment. This reflects… Read More

Roland Octapad SPD-30 Review

Updating a classic is a dangerous ploy – we find out if Roland succeeds in our Octapad SPD-30 review There are some bits of gear that are just, well, born perfect. I can think of a few guitars that fall into this category, but the original Octapad is another seemingly timeless design. This performance pad… Read More

Unveiling the Roland TD-11 V-Drum Range – Now with Supernatural Technology

The Roland TD-11 V-Drum range is unveiled, now with supernatural technology The Roland TD-11 range has been revealed, adding two new kits and a new module to the V-Drum range. These new kits incorporate technology previously reserved for the flagship Roland TD-30 kits, in the form of the SuperNATURAL sound technology, and behaviour modelling. The… Read More