Alesis Nitro kit
The Rhythm Best in drums 2016 polls have received over 136,000 votes, and we're now ready to roll out the winners. The nominees were what we considered to be the drummers and gear that have excelled in 2016. Here, we present the best new electronic percussion products of 2016. First up we have the Nitro kit from Alesis...
We said: "Yes, the Nitro is a rebranded, slightly abridged version of the Alesis DM7X kit, it nevertheless retains an incredible spec at an impressively competitive price tag."
Full review: Alesis Nitro kit review
Alesis SamplePad 4
We said: "More facilities are on offer from this fantastic little pad than the scope of this review will allow, and at just over a hundred pounds, the Alesis SamplePad 4 has to be money well spent."
Full review: Alesis SamplePad 4 review
Roland ELCajon EC-10
We said: "The Roland ELCajon EC-10 opens up a whole new musical dimension and cajon experience. It represents a truly exciting development of an instrument – a rarity these days."
Full review: Roland ELCajon EC-10 review
Nord Drum 3P
We said: "Not leaps and bounds past its predecessors but with a host of new and improved features, the now all-in-one Nord Drum 3P unit is well equipped for use both on stage and in the studio."
Full review: Nord Drum 3P review
ATV aD5 electronic drum module
We said: "There are a couple of really nifty features built into the software which make getting the aD5 up and running with your existing kit an absolute doddle. The module combines realistic samples with an impressive dynamic range which makes for a gratifying playing experience."
Winner: Roland TD-50KV electronic drum kit
We said: "For this kind of money one would expect some pretty groundbreaking stuff. Thankfully, Roland hasn't failed to deliver with the endlessly customisable TD-50KV. It's absolutely brimming with new features and edges ever closer to the realism of an acoustic kit."