Yamaha EAD10 – The Future??
Since it’s inception in 2018, The Yamaha EAD10 promised to revolutionize the way drummers approach and think about the concept of hybrid drumming. Not only that but take the integration of electronics and acoustic drums to the next level in ways only the “techsperts” at Yamaha could. So does it live up to the expectation and hype? Well…YES! In more ways than one, actually. Here’s why…
The Yamaha EAD10 is an electronic drum module that transforms your acoustic drum kit into a powerful digital/electronic hybrid set by allowing you to sample studio-quality effects and sounds as well as amplifying your acoustic kit and record your own performance from your library of music or your own creations. In other words, it’s the best thing since sliced bread – if it was chocolate, you would eat it.
The module works in tandem with a Sensor, which attaches to your bass drum. The module can be positioned anywhere within your set up for easy access and control throughout your practice/performance sessions. Once the sensor and module are in place, the bass drum activates a trigger within the sensor and the built-in stereo microphones record your sounds from the ENTIRE kit. Yes, the ENTIRE kit. Effects can be added or alternative samples can be layered on top when utilising additional triggers like the DT50S. The finished sounds can be heard via headphones or PA or even sent to a USB device like a laptop or smartphone.
The EAD10 is incredibly user friendly, it’s almost impossible not to set up correctly (believe us, we tried!). Within the module is 50 preset sounds, with 200 user scenes to choose from and over 750 built-in samples (or 100 of your own sounds). You can customize your own drum sounds and create a completely unique, personalised set up at the touch of a button. The Rec’N’Share app flawlessly integrates with the module allowing you to record video AND audio simultaneously from your smartphone. Finally, you’ll become the Instagram drummer you’ve always wanted to be!
Speaking of Rec’N’Share, it received a great update in late 2022. To talk all about its incredibly useful new features here’s Yamaha product expert Simon Edgoose:
Social media aside, the EAD10 is a fantastic live performance tool. Gone are the days of a separate box of microphones, over nine-thousand XLR cables and a sampling/trigger module with even MORE cables! The EAD10 is quite literally a Plug & Play, hassle-free solution for a studio-quality drum sound INSTANTLY.
If you need further convincing, don’t just take our word for it. Have a listen for yourself…