Yamaha showcased at NAMM 2018 the EAD10, the first-ever stand-alone acoustic drum module system. Due to a single microphone/trigger component attached to a powerful digital processor, it enables drummers easily capture the sounds of an acoustic drum set.
EAD10 is ideal for recording, rehearsal and performance
Thanks to its central module and combination microphone/trigger sensor, it enables to record high-quality drum performances easily and affordably. 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 also several varieties of reverb.
For hybrid drum expansion, the central module features a snare trigger input. In addition it has two 3-zone trigger inputs. The last-mentioned are compatible with the Yamaha DT50S snare trigger and DTX Series pads. This connectivity provides endless creative possibilities. The system has nearly 800 stored sounds and effects and an onboard sampler. It has also 50 preset combinations, with room to program 200 more.
The EAD10’s free Rec ‘N’ Share iOS app enables drummers to record the drum track on top of their favorite music. Also they can capture a video of their performance at the same time. Once complete it is easy to 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.
According to Steven Fisher, marketing manager of Yamaha Drums, drummers can now easily record audio and video of their performances. So they don’t need to go to a professional studio or purchase a complicated and expensive system of mics.