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 The Drum is a member of the percussion group, technically classified as a membranophone. Drums consist of at least one membrane, called a drumhead or drum skin, that is stretched over a shell and struck, either directly with parts of a player's body, or with some sort of implement such as a drumstick, to produce sound. Other techniques have been used to cause drums to make sound, such as the "Thumb roll". Drums are the world's oldest and most ubiquitous musical instruments, and the basic design has remained virtually unchanged for thousands of years. Most drums are considered "un-tuned instruments", however many modern musicians are beginning to tune drums to songs; Terry Bozzio has constructed a kit using diatonic and chromatically tuned drums. A few such as timpani are always tuned to a certain pitch. Often, several drums are arranged together to create a drum kit that can be played by one musician with all four limbs. For an in depth history of the instrument see history link at bottom of page.

Drums
(standard and electronic)
Alesis - Ddrum - Mapex - Pearl - Remo - Roland
Tama - Yamaha - Ludwig - Gretsch - Sonor - Slingerland

Alesis - Established in 1980, Alesis was founded on innovative semi-conductor chip technology and award winning industrial designs that allowed entry level musicians and recording artists to afford professional studio recording products that were never affordable before. Products range from keyboards, synthesizers, hard disk recorders, iPod recording and playback devices, electronic drums, drum machines, mixers, signal processors, effects units, amplifiers and speakers.

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Roland - Roland is one of the world's leading manufacturers of electronic musical instruments and music gear. From synthesizers and digital recording products to guitar effects, electronic percussion, digital pianos, and home keyboards. Roland started in 1972 and by the mid 1980 the name became synonymous with analogue synths and effects. Roland ensured their success by moving into the digital market by the end of that decade.

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Ddrum - Manufacturing acoustic and electronic drum products since 1983, including custom made.

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Mapex - Mapex Drums is a drum brand manufactured by KHS Musical Instrument Company of Taiwan. Mapex Drums company is a branch of KHS Musical Instruments. KHS was founded in 1930 and has grown to be one of the largest musical instrument producers in the world today

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Pearl - Pearl is based in Japan and manufactures a wide range of products, predominately percussion instruments and flutes. Pearl drums is one of the pioneering manufacturers of drum kits and drum hardware. Pearl originated in 1946, founded by Katsumi Yanagisawa, who started by making music stands and other non drum related items. Eventually, he started making drum and percussion hardware, and soon became one of the top percussion instrument manufacturers. .

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Remo - Remo is an American drumhead company which made it's appearance in the late 1940's. Since then they have been responsible for many of the innovations in drum head material design. In addition to drumheads, Remo also produces drum-sets and ethnic percussion instruments.

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Tama - Tama produces a full line of drums from hand-made limited edition models to mass-produced models for beginning or budget-minded drummers, in a wide range of sizes, materials, and finishes. Tama was originally called Star drums and changed their name in 1974 to Tama in the desire to forge a new identity for the drums that would be produced under the new name. Tama was the innovator for many of the drum features taken for granted today, improvements such as memory locks, boom stands, cymbals mates, offset tilters and multi clamps for the drums.

Yamaha - Yamaha Drums is a subsidiary of the Yamaha Corporation. Although Yamaha has been around for over 100 years, they have only been making drum sets since 1964, and builds their drums by hand in Japan. The company currently manufactures acoustic and electronic drum kits, as well as other percussion instruments, marching band equipment, and drum hardware.

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Ludwig - The company was formed in 1910 as Ludwig & Ludwig by brothers William F. and Theo Ludwig. Ludwig's first product was a bass drum pedal capable of playing faster beats than pedals currently available at the time. Throughout its history Ludwig has introduced innovations in drum construction, particularly in the use of materials and finishes. The popularity of Ludwig's drums has risen steadily in recent years. Before they created Ludwig& Ludwig Co., they both worked as percussionists and manufacturers for Leedy Drums

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Gretsch - Gretsch was founded in 1883 by Friedrich Gretsch. His shop in Brooklyn, N. Y. manufactured banjos, tambourines, and drums. In 1895, at the age of 39, Gretsch died, and the company was taken over by his son Fred. By 1916, Fred had moved the company into a larger building in the Williamsburg district, becoming one of the most prominent American musical instrument makers.

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Sonor - Sonor is a German percussion manufacturer. From early in the 20th century, Sonor drum sets and hardware have been noted for their durability and painstaking craftsmanship. They have a reputation for being very expensive but are the instrument of choice for many professional musicians. For decades Sonor has supported the constant improvement of percussion instruments on a scientific level. The close cooperation with research institutes, renowned musicologists and leading artists builds the basis for these efforts. In 1875 Johannes Link, a trained wood turner and tanner, started a small workshop for simple military drums and drum heads, and From these modest beginnings developed a flourishing business.

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Slingerland - The Slingerland Drum Company is a historic drum company which is linked to the rich history of jazz drumming. The company was founded by H.H. Slingerland in 1912. The company believe it or not started out manufacturing ukuleles, banjos, and guitars, but entered the drum manufacturing business in answer to the entry of the Ludwig & Ludwig Drum Company into the banjo market. The first Slingerland drum kits came out in 1928.

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Cymbals
UFIP - Paiste - Sabian - Saluda - Wuhan - Zildjian

UFIP - UFIP is an Italian cymbal manufacturer, producing mainly high-quality bell bronze cymbals using rotocasting. They are the only major cymbal manufacturer to use "rotocasting" (spin-casting).The hand-made and "Ear-Created" Ufip cymbals are the Class, Natural, Bionic, Brilliant, Rough, Extatic and Experience series, this last consisting of a range of prototypes from the other series and limited/custom production cymbals.

Paiste - Paiste, a Swiss manufacturer and designer, is one of the world's largest manufacturers of cymbals, gongs, and metal percussion. The first Paiste cymbals were produced in 1906 by Toomas Paiste in his instrument repair shop in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Despite several relocations, to Estonia in 1917, then Poland in 1940, to Germany in 1945, and finally Switzerland in 1957, the business expanded and flourished. Paistehas grown to be one of the world's largest manufacturers of cymbals, gongs, and metal percussion. Paiste is an Estonian/Finnish word which means "shine".

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Sabian - Sabian is a Canadian cymbal designer and manufacturer. It is one of the largest in the world, along with Zildjian, Paiste and Meinl. The company was founded in 1980 in Meductic, New Brunswick, Canada by Robert Zildjian, son of Avedis Zildjian III, the head of the Avedis Zildjian Company. Sabian is the second largest cymbal company in the world. Sabian Cymbals was formerly known as AZCO, but had to change its name for legal reasons. The name Sabian was derived when Robert Zildjian took the first two letters of each of his three children’s names: Sally, Billy, and Andy.

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Saluda - Saluda cymbals are a relatively new manufacturer of high-quality percussion instruments, particularly drum sets and hand crafted cymbals. Their operations are run at 2651 Shop Road, Columbia, South Carolina. Saluda was formed in May, 1999 but their cymbal venture began in 1997 with the idea of producing purely hand crafted cymbal lines, with a little modernization added to them.

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Wuhan - Wuhan is a brand of cymbal, specializing in mid-range B20 cymbals and china type cymbals of all alloys and types .Their headquarters and manufacturing facilities are in Wuhan, China.

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Zildjian - The Avedis Zildjian Company is a cymbal and gong manufacturer founded in Istanbul, Turkey. It is the world's largest manufacturers of cymbals.At nearly 400 years old, Zildjian is the oldest family-run business in America and one of the 300 oldest companies in the world. Avedis Zildjian I was an Armenian alchemist in the city of Constantinople in the seventeenth century. His attempts to create gold by combining base metals led instead to an alloy of copper, tin and traces of silver with unique sound qualities. Avedis used this discovery to create cymbals of spectacular clarity and power. The sound of the instruments was extraordinary, and as his reputation grew he was given the name “Zildjian”, an Armenian word meaning “son of cymbal maker.”

 

Drum Machines

Fruity Loops - FL Studio is a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) for Windows PCs (or Intel Mac/ Bootcamp). This software began as a simple drum loop creator but has developed into a complete song creation tool.
http://www.fruityloops.com/

PC Drummer - Use PC Drummer to quickly and easily create great sounding drum music at a fraction of the cost of a physical drum machine. The built-in sounds are sampled from actual instruments so your tracks will sound real, not synthesized. With PC Drummer you can add your own instrument samples and export drum tracks in midi or wav formats to programs like Pro Tools, Cakewalk, Acid Pro, Cubase, Traction or Adobe Audition.
http://www.pcdrummer.com/

iDrum  - Adds the missing ingredient to your computer-based recording studio—a fully programmable drum machine. It’s just as easy to use as hardware drum machines, and offers all the flexibility of a software-based virtual instrument. iDrum integrates seamlessly with Pro Tools, GarageBand, Logic, Ableton Live, Sonar, Cubase and other digital audio workstations—or you can run it as a standalone application. Create drum patterns in iDrum right alongside your existing tracks, perfectly in time, all the time. Or use iDrum as the backbeat when you’re laying down new tracks. Use the hundreds of included pre-programmed patterns and rhythms or roll your own. http://www.m-audio.com/

Superior Drummer 2.0 - is a complete overhaul of the original dfh Superior engine and has been redeveloped for optimized use with e-drums and more effective use of sample layers and improved loading times. It includes custom MIDI, played by Nir Z, and, accessed through the all new customized MIDI engine and arranger EZplayer pro which is included in the package. It also features stand-alone capacity through Toontrack solo.
http://www.toontrack.com/news.asp?id=129

Pro Tools - Pro Tools is a fully integrated computer-based recording and mixing system that enables you to make professional recordings with a computer. Pro Tools is comprised of various hardware and software components that work together seamlessly, empowering you to accomplish everything from composing music and recording audio to making the most detailed post-production edits — all within a single environment.
http://www.digidesign.com/

Beat Creator - Create bass and snare mono samples at 44.1 khz. It can also create great Drum 'n' Bass style bass samples.Shareware.
http://www.mixman.com/products/beatcreator.html

Drumsite - This software drum machine uses CD quality sampled sounds. It exports WAV songs limited to 32,768 bars maximum length. Time signature changes are supported as are user definable drum sets with an unlimited number of instruments.Shareware.
http://www.guitar.sk/drums/drums_main.htm

Mixcraft 4 - Affordable multi-track audio and MIDI recording studio that enables you to compose original music, record your band, create a podcast, or remix a song. Use it as a multi-track recorder or as a music loop remix program.
http://www.acoustica.com/

Drumstation DT-010 - An easy to use software computer for creating techno-dance loops. Eight drum channels, exports WAV files, effects, and automatic loop stretching. http://www.d-lusion.com/News.html

HammerHead Rhythm Station - Here's a simple TR-909 like drum computer program that's perfect for Techno loops, Jungle patterns or House beats. Includes six separate channels, 29 built-in drum sounds, six complete breakbeats and you can import six samples of your own. Plus it's Freeware!
http://www.threechords.com/hammerhead/

leafDrums - You can easily put together a drum pattern using sounds from standard .wav or .ogg audio files (a basic set of drum sounds is included). Audio effects like distortion allow you to customize the sounds. http://www.leafdigital.com/software/leafdrums/

For Drums & Percussion - zZounds

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