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Zildjian GEN16 Acoustic-Electric Cymbal Pack 13, 16, 18

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A full set of Zildjian's groundbreaking new Acoustic/Electric cymbals, including 13" hi-hats, 16" crash cymbal, and 18" crash/ride cymbal, 3 dual con...Click To Read More About This Product

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Zildjian's giant leap into electronic cymbal technology.

A full set of Zildjian's groundbreaking new Acoustic/Electric cymbals, including 13" hi-hats, 16" crash cymbal, and 18" crash/ride cymbal, 3 dual condenser mics, the controller/module, and all cables and necessary cymbal mounting hardware. Zildjian Gen16 Cymbals won Best of Show at the 2011 Winter NAMM show!

Zildjian Gen16 AE cymbals combines low volume acoustic cymbals, an innovative new dual-head mini microphone system, and a controller/mixer with preset tone modeling that allows the user to experience an array of Zildjian tones and/or add effects to each real AE cymbal. The cymbals come in a full range of models including rides, hi-hats, and Chinas.

"The Acoustic Electric Cymbal is capable of creating a wide range of sounds, from that of a classic Zildjian cymbal to some very non-traditional sounds," explains Zildjian's VP of New Business & Product Development, John Roderick. "For drummers, it will have an inspirational impact akin to what the acoustic electric guitar has done for guitarists."

  • 13" hi-hats
  • 16" crash
  • 18" crash ride
  • DCP controller
  • Three dual-head mic pickups
  • Five-channel cable snake
  • Three mounting kits
  • Three dampening kits
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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


Great alternative to rubber electronic trigger cymbals

By Steve Henderson

from Smyrna, TN

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Comments about Zildjian GEN16 Acoustic-Electric Cymbal Pack 13, 16, 18:

Overall I'd highly recommend this cymbal set! They have an authentic feel and sound and seem quite durable; I expect the cymbals themselves would last a lifetime. The only down-side I see to these cymbals is their lack of flexibility as compared to a trigger-style cymbal. Triggers can trigger any sound your drum brain can generate; these cymbals are limited to presets on the DSP which merely molds their natural sound using EQ and reverb effects. So if we want to trigger a goofy car horn, forget it or go with a trigger. Otherwise, go with these instead of rubber triggers.
These cymbals are a great alternative to rubber electronic trigger-style cymbals. Their feel is VERY authentic as opposed to the rubber triggers from Roland, et. al. The sound is very authentic also. I really enjoy the hi-hats. I play these along with a Pearl ePro Live kit in a small church. We get nothing but compliments on the sound; the sound guy loves them.
The quality is top-notch. I haven't noticed any defects in the cymbals or the pickups. I find them to be pretty durable. Contrary to some reviews about them you might read, they are not fragile, dentable pieces of glorified tin-foil but rather light-weight yet solid metal-alloy cymbals. They actually sound very good (yet amazingly quiet) on their own without the DSP.

The DSP has a preset selector and volume for each cymbal input along with a main volume and drum/cymbal mix adjustment pot that allows you to adjust the amount of cymbal vs electronic drums (the dsp has a stereo input for your drum brain so that the cymbal and drum signals can be output via one set of stereo 1/4" outs from the DSP) in your mix.
Considering you are getting authentically sized, authentic sounding actual cymbals in leiu of electronic triggers I'd say its a great value. A set of Roland vh-12 hi-hats are $599 new. Those are the most authentic trigger-style hi-hats out there. Add to that the $250 - $300 a piece for a roland crash (cy14c) and ride (cy-15r) and you're looking at over $1000. So, comparatively, the value is great!

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Has pros and cons you need to consider!

Comments about Zildjian GEN16 Acoustic-Electric Cymbal Pack 13, 16, 18:

The playability of the Hi-Hat is the main selling point here. Unlike the expensive VH-11 and VH-12, this hi-hat really feels, plays, and reacts like a hi-hat because it IS a real hi-hat. The rest of the cymbals are good as well, but the hi-hat is the killer. We can argue about sound quality - but I will leave that up to the individual. They are also a bit loud, so apartment residents may have to avoid these. I use them in my basement at night, and no one really hears them upstairs.

I would say the tradeoff with sound quality versus hi-hat playability works for me, but may not for everyone. Try them out if you can first.
The cymbals have 20 presets that shape the sound that is picked up from the microphones. 1 through 10 are a little hard to tell the difference, but 11 to 20 are more pronounced. I am still trying to get use to these sounds, but they are indeed opinion. Some like em, some don't.

The one thing missing is individual EQ settings for each cymbal input. The cymbals sound a little thin, and an EQ could possibly help here. Otherwise, I don't see a need for any other features.
The cymbals themselves aref finished very nicely - quite impressive to look at. They feel good as well, even with all the holes. The module is built well. The only issue that kept this from a 10 is the durability of the pickups. I broke one input within an hour trying to plug in the incredibly tight 1/8" plugs. The pick-up became intermittent since the solder joint must have broke. However, Zildjian will replace the part free of charge, and pay for shipping both ways, so at least they will back it up. Just be careful if your on the road with the frequent unplugging/plugging.
Some have argues that these are priced too high, but they seem to be within the range of comparable e-Cymbals from Roland. I would say its a better value. A Roland CY is a rubber covered plastic disc with two $0.50 piezos in them. The Zildjians are cast and machined real metal with a beatiful shiny finish on them. People love them when they see them. And don't forget, for the price, you are getting a module as well. Plus - you will free up a bunch of inputs on your drum brain so that you can add more stuff for free.

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