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Millenium unveils MPS-1000 electronic drum set with real wood shells

Real wood shells are becoming a popular feature of some of the best electronic drum kits, as demonstrated by Roland’s VAD series, Yamaha’s latest DTX 8 and 10 offerings and many others. Now, Millenium has brought full size, wood shells to the sub-£1000 end of the market with its MPS-1000 electronic kit.

Instead of regular, shallow drum pads, you get a 20”x14” bass drum, 13”x6” snare, 10”x6” and 12”x6” toms (mounted to the bass drum) and a 14”x12” floor tom. The tom and snare pads are dual-zone, with the snare offering a velocity-switched cross stick/rimshot which is adjustable within the module. 

All of the drum pads feature dual-ply mesh heads which can be tensioned just like an acoustic drum head.   

The MPS-1000 also comes with 13” hi-hats, 2x 15” dual-zone crashes (both with choke functionality) and an 18” triple-zone ride. As well as the pads, Millenium is including all the hardware you need with the kit: 3x cymbal boom stands, a hi-hat stand, snare stand, bass drum pedal and separate module stand. 

The kit is built around the MPS-1000 module, which includes 40 kit presets, 40 user memory slots and a total of 820 on-board sounds. There’s 23 effects too, as well as 70 songs to jam along with, a metronome and recording functions.  

In addition to this, it also has 335MB of internal storage, allowing you import your own samples, a USB interface and Bluetooth functionality for wireless connectivity with a smartphone or tablet.

The module also offers eight assignable direct outputs, a pair of stereo main outputs, two headphone outputs (mini-jack and 1/4-inch) plus a mini-jack line input.

The Millenium MPS-1000 is available now (opens in new tab) in Grey Line wrap finish priced at £835/€1003/$1135.

I'm a freelance member of the MusicRadar team, specialising in drum news, interviews and reviews. I formerly edited Rhythm and Total Guitar here in the UK and have been playing drums for more than 25 years (my arms are very tired). When I'm not working on the site, I can be found on my electronic kit at home, or gigging and depping in function bands and the odd original project.