In this edition of gear-related drum news, Alesis enters the multipad fray with a colorful splash, Lauten releases a versatile new mic for podcasting and beyond, and CruzTOOLS updates its popular multitool.
Alesis Unveils New Strike Multipad
Alesis has released a new multipad with nine pads complete with customizable RBG lights, 4.3” full-color display, built-in sampler/looper, 32GB storage, five built-in effects processors, and over 8,000 built-in sounds. The new unit also has multiple ins and outs with USB audio, MIDI, and multiple external drum/cymbal trigger connections. The Strike MultiPad electronic drum instrument has an MSRP of $699.
“The Alesis Strike absolutely redefined what drummers could expect from an electronic drum kit in terms of playing response, realistic tonal accuracy and sound/effect versatility,” says John Emrich, director of drum development for Alesis. “Now our new Strike MultiPad does the same thing for electronic pad instruments.”
Lauten Audio Releases LS-208 Microphone
Lauten Audio has released a new front-address, large diaphragm, high dynamic range, condenser microphone, the LS-208, designed for recording voice in podcasting, radio, and broadcast, as well as for use with instruments on stage and in-studio. The cardioid LS-208 has an internal shock-mounted condenser element, and can handle sound pressure levels of 135dB. It has two-stage low-cut (50Hz and 120Hz) and high-cut (8kHz and 10kHz) filters help tame bright instruments and high frequencies. The new microphone is the first in the company’s new Synergy Series line, and includes a detachable spider shock mount as well as a hard mount, both with adjustable elbows, and a foam windscreen, for a street price of $599.
CruzTOOLS Updates GrooveTech Multitool
CruzTOOLS has released a second generation of its popular GrooveTech Drum Multi-Tool. The redesigned model provides 14 tools in a compact fold-up unit, including four standard and five metric hex wrenches, slotted and Phillips screwdrivers, a stainless ruler, and, of course, a drum key, in a single-piece body that allows easy rotation and storage of each component. All tool components professional-quality using a heat treated S2 alloy and manufactured to precision tolerances. It has a street price of $18.95.