XM World Review: Tempo Series T-5SR eDrum Kit

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When you’re drumming, tempo determines how quickly the beat is played. With the XM Tempo Series T-5SR eDrum kit, we find an electronic drum kit designed to help students learn to drum as quickly as possible. Whether you are a drumming teacher that wants to use several digital kits in a classroom, or are looking for a great eDrum kit to introduce your students to for home practice, the T-5SR is an excellent option.

Compared to similar models in the electronic drum kit market, the Tempo Series T-5SR is priced very well for the functionality you receive, not to mention how good it looks, sounds and feels compared to its competitors.

XM Tempo Series T-5SR eDrum kit in blue

A blue version of the XM Tempo Series T-5SR eDrum kit.

The T-5SR’s three 10” tom toms (2 x rack, 1 x floor) have two sounds each, which can be independently programmed for when you hit their drumhead or hoop. The 10” snare goes one step further, and has 3 sounds (hoop, drumhead and rim shot), which again can be set to play very different sounds. For example, you could have the snare’s rim shot programmed to sound like a cowbell.

The single sound bass drum is also 10” in diameter, and it’s held in place perfectly by XM’s revolutionary Rock Steady Bass Drum System. No matter how hard you kick this bass drum, it will never move or scratch your floor.

You can set-up the two cymbals as a Ride and a Crash, with the former having bell and surface sounds, and the latter having surface and choke functions. The hi-hat has two programmable functions – open and closed, with a surface sound for each.

The Tempo Series XSM-5S module is a simple and easy-to-use interface that can have up to 14 drums or cymbals plugged into it. There are five pre-programmed full drum kit sounds to use, or mix and match sounds from: Standard, Jazz, Latin, Dance and Rock. However, if you do already have a Roland V-drum module, these XM drums and cymbals can still be played together with it.

The entire drum kit including where you sit takes up 1.2m by 1.3m, so it easily fits into a small area. You get a bass drum pedal included, as well as cables, while the XM Full Body eDrum Rack holds everything together.

Front view of the XM Tempo Series T-5SR eDrum kit: For beginners, it doesn't get any better than this when it comes to digital drums.

Front view of the XM Tempo Series T-5SR eDrum kit: For beginners, it doesn’t get any better than this when it comes to digital drums.

The XM Tempo Series T-5SR eDrum kit is great value for money, and an excellent option for drumming students wanting to have a good digital kit with better than standard functionality, plus admirable sound and feel quality. In addition, it looks so much better than the competition in the same price range. Just look at these photos! The T-5SR will help students easily crossover from their digital kit at home to a real drum kit.

By Jesse S. Somer, XM eDrum

XM World Master Series C-MAX-9SR e-Drum kit

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As of the end of the year 2011, the C-MAX-9SR is the top of line when it comes to e-Drum sets around the world. This XM World e-Drum kit is made especially for experts who desire an elaborate electronic drum set with the maximum number of drums and cymbals. The optimum number of triggers is used on each instrument to create the most sounds possible. The result is the most realistic digital drum set in the world today.

The XM Master Series C-MAX-9SR comes complete with 2 x 18” bass drums, 5 x tom toms (3 x 10” toms, and 2 x 12” floor toms), a 12” snare drum, 3 x 13” cymbals, and a 13” hi-hat. It has 3 crossbars in its rack system, and like a real double bass drum kit, the hi-hat is attached to one of these crossbars for extra stability. There are enough ports in the drum module to add 2 more drums/cymbals if desired, which would bring your e-Drum kit’s total to 14 triggered instruments. All XM E-drum sets come with the bass drum connected to the unique XM Rock Steady Bass Drum System to ensure it never moves, even with double bass drums attached to the rack crossbar.

XM World Master Series CMAX-9SR Drum kit

Have you ever seen an Edrum kit that looked this awesome? We don’t think so.

High Quality Drum Module and Dual Trigger System

The full touchscreen drum module sits in the middle of the kit, behind the smaller tom toms for easy access. This drum module can download Wav files of your favourite drum sounds (or any other sound for that matter) from a PC, which is then transferred via special XM software. This drum module also includes a fully adjustable metronome covering all the major drum time sequences.

All the drums and cymbals, except for the bass drums (which don’t need more than one), have two dual triggers, which can create 3 sounds on a snare or tom, or 3 sounds plus a ‘choke’ on a cymbal. The hi-hat has been created with its own trigger system to provide many more realistic sound options.

For example, the snare drum can be hit in the centre on the drumhead, on the edge (hoop), or you can hit both together in a ‘rim shot’. This goes the same for all 3 tom tom drums. The cymbals can be struck on the bell, the surface, the edge, or you can choke the edge.

Digital e-Drum Hi-Hats

The XM digital hi-hat’s special triggered controller can read 4 different heights, so you can set it for closed, ¼ open, ½ open, or fully open. However, these hi-hats can be adjusted between 80 different levels, so if you desire you can set fully closed for slightly open, or fully open as still slightly touching.

Different drummers like varied hi-hat sounds, so we’ve done our best to offer as many options as possible. You can hit the surface, bell, or choke, but of course there is no edge sound. This top-level e-Drum hi-hat system can also do ‘foot splashes’ with your heel!

XM Edrum Master Series CMAX-9SR drum kit.

Real touch, real look, real sound: The XM Master Series Edrum kits truly replicate an acoustic drumming experience.

What can you do with the e-Drum kit’s sound?

First of all, there are 8 built-in drum kits to work with: Rock, Jazz, Pop, Dance, Funk, R & B, Metal and Percussion (congas, bongos etc.). However, you can mix any of these sounds into a single kit, as well as other sounds you’ve downloaded from your PC’s Wav files. This is only the beginning.

Each drum and cymbal can faithfully reproduce hits that range from very soft to extremely hard. This is not simply amplifying the same sound (as is done with many other e-Drums like those at Yamaha), but the tone itself changes its nuances of skin texture and reverberation (in Rock and Jazz functions). You can also manually change the individual tuning of each drum’s sound. Getting excited?

Drum Sound Quality

All XM e-Drum sounds are recorded from real drums, with each drum kit having varied sounds. The XM Master Series C-MAX-9SR is top of the line, so drum sounds are of DVD quality, and originate from the best acoustic drum kits in the world.

This kit comes with 2 bass drum pedals, all necessary cables, as well as 1 pair of long maple wood drumsticks. We use ‘futuristic’ long drumsticks so you can easily move your hands from the base to the middle of the stick to change the hardness of your hits.

If you want the ultimate e-Drum experience, The XM Master Series C-MAX-9SR is the e-Drum kit you’ve been looking for!

By Jesse S. Somer, XM eDrum