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EP 89 - The History of Electronic Drums with Justin Greenawalt

This is an in-depth look at Electronic Drums dating back to the 1960's with Justin Greenawalt of 65 Drums on YouTube. Justin has an incredible passion and knowledge for e-drums and he has done tons of research to understand the full history of the instrument and shares it with us to cover each decade of the history and we end with discussing what we can look forward to in the future of electronic drum kits.

Here are the links to Justin's extremely detailed and great videos on the history of e-drums that sparked this episode:

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Robert P
Robert P
Mar 04, 2021

Dynacord is not making speakers and sound systems now. They always did. E-drums was a kind of side product for them.

And as far as I remember there wasn't a Musicaid SDS1, but a Simmons SDS1.

The hexa shape from the Simmons pads were introduced by Richard James Burgess (Spandau Ballet) who cooperated with Dave Simmons and liked the bee honeycomb shape and wanted this apply to drum pads being able to place close to each other.

And yes, the mesh head was invented years ago. Roland didn't claim it but patented the cooperation between mesh, the piezo and the electronics for the US market only.

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