Pearl launched their brand new e/Merge electronic drums at The UK Drum Show in Manchester on 21 September. Drummerszone filmed the new e-drums the day before the show and found that after 20 years with Roland, Dirk Brand is the new ambassador for the Pearl e/MERGE. He tells you all about it in this almost 5-minute e/Merge drum demo.
The first shipments of the Pearl e/Merge have already gone out. The new electronic drum kit is powered by Korg and it includes their famous Wave Trigger Technology. Yes, the same technology that is in the Wavedrum. The Wave Trigger technology registers how you play and where you play on the toms, snare or cymbals. Pearl says even stick choice impacts its sound. The module processes your playing and gives you the unique Pearl e/Merge-feel that the company is proud to finally present.
Pearl e/Merge electronic drums demo by Dirk Brand at The 2019 UK Drum Show
The MDL-1 module The e/Merge MDL-1 module has an easy to use design and has room for three more channel inputs. And it has eight 1/4" direct out connections for drums and cymbals to give a sound engineer full control of your live sound or during recordings. All major functions like kit sounds, click track, BPP, headphone and master levels can be called up via dedicated buttons and knobs on the front panel. Customization is accessible via a series of soft buttons. Naturally, the e/Merge allows you to load in your own drum samples as WAV files via USB drive.
The e/Merge kit The full kit features the new Puretouch Electronic Pad System and the drums have six-layered mesh heads on the 10", 12" and 14" toms and the 14" snare drum. Two separate rim triggers avail authentic rimshots and cross-sticks without changing the way you play.
The cymbals include a 18" ride with three zones, a 15" crash with two zones and a 14" hi hat with four zones. The kit comes with the Pearl Icon e-Rack system with Uni-Lock tom and cymbal holders.
Two bass drum configurations
the e/Traditional comes with the Puretouch Kick Pad
the e/Hybrid features an 18" acoustic bass drum (to play double pedals)
The pricing Both the kits are the same, but you pay a little more when you want the acoustic bass drum.