YAMAHA Releases the Latest and Greatest Tool in Drum Module-ation: The EAD10

Getting a good drum sound is hard work. You gotta tune the drums, record the drums, EQ, compress, maybe even sample if you’re into that sort of thing. There are so many steps! Don’t you wish there was a quick and easy way to get cool, unique, and good drum tones? Good news! Yamaha is doing just that with their new EAD10 Drum Module.

Let’s break it down. Basically, there is a microphone/trigger that mounts to a kick drum, and sends the signal to the module that adds a wide number of effects to the whole kit. That same module also includes an input for a separate snare trigger, and two additional triggers. All of that means that there are 1,000+ different sounds that this thing is capable of making. It wouldn’t be the World of Tomorrow if there wasn’t a smart phone app for this thing, and there totally is. The Rec ‘N’ Share app that comes free with this allows for players to play over songs, record them, and easily share the videos to the world.

This thing seems like a no brainer for a banger on a budget. It’s pretty cost effective (about $500) and sure it’s not gonna give you an amazing, studio quality drum sound to put on your new album, but it will provide you with a great demoing and live sound tool. Yamaha was also kind enough to make a playlist on YouTube showing off a bunch of the sounds that the EAD10 can pull off, check it. If you want one of these for yourself, find more information about it on the Yamaha website.

Here’s the full press release with all the info:

(November 13, 2017) — Yamaha today introduced the EAD10, the first-ever stand-alone acoustic drum module system enabling drummers to easily capture the sounds of an acoustic drum set with a single microphone/trigger component attached to a powerful digital processor.

Ideal for recording, rehearsal and performance, the EAD10 addresses persistent challenges facing drummers who want to record high-quality drum performances easily and affordably, thanks to its central module and combination microphone/trigger sensor that easily mounts on the bass drum. The microphone effectively captures and reproduces the natural, dynamic sound of the entire kit, while the module adds any number of effects, including flange, phase, and several varieties of reverb.

For hybrid drum expansion, the central module features a snare trigger input and two 3-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 their favorite music, while at the same time capture a video of their performance. Once complete, they can easily share the final 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 EAD10 is a huge breakthrough for acoustic drummers,” said Steven Fisher, marketing manager, Yamaha Drums. “Drummers can now easily record audio and video of their performances without going to a professional studio or purchasing a complicated and expensive system of mics. Whether for recording, performing or practice, this module opens up a world of possibilities for creativity.”

Pricing and Availability

The Yamaha EAD10 (MSRP: $639.00) is currently shipping. For more information, go here.

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