NAMM 2018: Stand-alone hybrid drum units and pro-level triggering module from Roland

Roland RT-MicS Hybrid Drum Module

Meanwhile, Roland's RT-MicS Hybrid Drum Module looks like a more accessible solution for those of you who only need one or two triggers, or for those just poking their toes into hybrid waters.

Offering all-in-one convenience, it combines a piezo trigger, microphone, and sound module in a small battery-powered device that mounts quickly, with no tools required. The RT-MicS comes loaded with eight sounds, and also supports loading user samples via USB.

The preloaded sounds include handclap and snare variations designed to layer with acoustic snare. Using the free RT-MicS Sender software on a Mac or PC, players can replace the factory sounds with custom WAV sounds. Each can be up to 10 seconds in length, enabling the triggering of sustained sounds likes gongs, cymbals, timpani, and even sound effects. Via the software, sounds can be assigned for triggering from the rim only if desired.

Electronic sounds are selected from the playing position with a large button on the RT-MicS. Sounds can also be muted/unmuted easily, and a dedicated control is on hand to adjust the trigger sensitivity as needed.  

With its integrated microphone, the RT-MicS allows the user to amplify their acoustic snare or tom sound through a PA without having to use a separate mic. Individual ¼-inch outputs are provided for the mic and electronic sounds, and it’s also possible to blend the two sounds inside the RT-MicS and send them to a single output.

Again, launch date and price are currently TBC - for more info, visit Roland.com.

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