Following the announcement of DW’s contribution to the new GEWA Drum Workstation G9 (http://www.musicinstrumentnews.co.uk/2018/04/12/musikmesse-2018-dw-debuts-electric-dwe-electronic-drum/) Wednesday evening in Frankfurt saw GEWA unveil the complete G9 Workstation package.
GEWA music was primarily responsible for developing the module, the E-cymbals, the electronic pads and the software development. Other companies involved are the French chip manufacturer Dream, and the German company TechniSat, who are located in Dresden and Schoeneck, Vogtland. In addition, REMO has developed the ‘True Rebound’ drumheads. DW is responsible for the specially designed digital drum hardware, the DWe all-wood trigger shell, and has played a key role in the sound development.
GEWA says the Drum Workstation G9 represents a completely new concept for digital drums. It has outstanding features such as a 10” touchscreen module (direct touch interface) with an intuitive user interface, and is supported by four control buttons that provide the user with quick access to the most important setting options during performance. The G9’s multi-chip design allows the user to separately control the sound engine, trigger signals and the brand new Direct Touch Interface (DTI). As a result, a variety of processes can be carried out simultaneously and within seconds.
128 GB of internal memory gives users enough space to store a variety of sounds, which can be directly downloaded from the new GEWA Electronics Cloud from the Sound Store. 4GB of Flash memory are also available for quick access to pre-sets. Wireless data transmission via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth gives the G9 a range of connectivity that meets the most modern requirements. Interfaces such as ASIO, USB 3.10 and XLR outputs expand the interfaces.
Another part of the digital drum revolution, GEWA says, is HD triggering – position detection of a single stroke that is accurate to the millimetre. Realistic sound characteristics are conveyed with the 3D samples. Countless drums and cymbals were recorded in the world-famous Berlin Funkhaus Studio for the 3D Full Dynamic sampling. GEWA stresses that the sound production relies on naturally recorded sounds so that these digital drums can be at one with an acoustic drum kit. Up to 100 different layers of sound can be reproduced, thanks to the True Velocity technology.
A natural playing feel comes courtesy of the G9’s True Rebound heads, which have a double layer of mesh material and are made by REMO USA. The GEWA E-cymbals have the same weight and dimensions as the Paiste 2002 series and include the following: 14” hi-hat, 14” and 18” cymbals.
The GEWA Drum Workstation G9 will be available this autumn.