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Summer NAMM 2016: Pearl Drums teams up with Steven Slate to release Mimic Pro drum module

Pearl Drums and Steven Slate have teamed up to announce a new electronic drum module at this year's Summer NAMM.

The module in question is called the Mimic Pro and promises to be "the most advanced drum machine in the world". It is powered by Slate Drums 5 which features 24-bit multi-velocity drum samples and are all accessible via a 7" IPS touchscreen. As Steven reports in the video, all the sounds have been captured on "the best equipment in world-class recording studios".

The machine looks to bridge the gap between traditional drum brains and using laptops running drum-emulation VSTs with electronic kits, offering up a small, all-in-one package.

There are no details on price as yet and it is hoped Mimic Pro will be released early 2017. For more information as it becomes available, keep your eyes peeled on MusicRadar and Pearl Drums.

Mimic Pro features

  • 24-Bit Steven Slate Drums 5
  • Multi channel samples with separate adjustment of close, overhead, and room mics
  • IPS touchscreen
  • 60GB solid state drive
  • Top-level Burr Brown converters
  • 16 inputs
  • 16 audio outputs (8 on the module / 8 from the DB-25 connector)
  • Two completely separate mixers for headphone and aux outs (drummer gets a personal mix with effects that does not affect outputs)
  • All inputs have cymbal choke function
  • Supports triple and dual zone cymbals and dual zone hi-hat
  • Compatible with most pads on the market
  • SD card slot and USB
  • Imports one shot samples (Wav and AIFF)
  • Aux in
  • MIDI in and out
Simon Arblaster

I take care of the reviews on MusicRadar and Future Music magazine, though can sometimes be spotted in front of a camera talking little sense in the presence of real musicians. For the past 30 years, I have been unable to decide on which instrument to master, so haven't bothered. Currently, a lover of all things high-gain in the guitar stakes and never one to resist churning out sub-standard funky breaks, the likes of which you'll never hear.