Built for the Long Haul
The best drum hardware is built to last. As a drummer, you'll change heads regularly, and you may even swap shells from time to time as your skill improves and your tastes change, but a good set of hardware can stick with you through several kits. That goes for the kick pedal too. You need a pedal that can stand up to your toughest grooves, yet has the flexibility to grow with you as your drumming style evolves. You need a Demon Drive.
Demons and Z-Links and Ninjas, Oh My!
Pearl's Eliminator bass pedals are well respected among drummers all over the world, and the Demon Drive aspires to even greater heights. The essence of the design is to create a direct link from your foot to the beater, providing tight responsiveness and spot-on control of the beat. Traditional chain- and belt-drive pedals have some lag when there's slack in the system, and drummers have had to work around it. Pearl's Demon Drive pedal, however, offers a direct drive due to the proprietary Z-Link technology. When you step on the foot plate, there's no delay, hesitation, or inconsistency in the response, just a clear, open line of communication from your foot all the way to the drum head. You don't need to compensate for lag, so your beats are more precise and your syncopation is even funkier than ever!
The direct-drive action is key to a tight groove, but it's got to be smooth, too. Pearl chose Ninja bearings for the axle--that's right, the same ones used in high-end professional…
skateboards--to keep everything rolling smoothly along. Ninja bearings go through a special laser-driven micro-polishing process to cut down on friction and speed up your playing. In the Demon Drive, these spherical bearings are self-aligning to ensure the foot plate and the drive mechanism are always on track, even when your foot is off-axis (if only you could get the bass player to compensate like that...).
Rolls with the Changes
For most young drummers, speed and power is king, and the unholy quest for BPM is in high gear. Time goes by, cartilage wears thin, and creaky-kneed old-timers develop a penchant for finesse playing (no, really, I don't need to play that fast, this groove is tastier). The feel-good pedal of the year, Pearl's Demon Drive has something for everybody. For starters, the direct link is adjustable, letting you switch-up your angle of attack to suit your style. Set it to the rear for extra power and a harder stroke, or slide it forward for more refined, intricate beats. Additionally, both foot pedals are adjustable from longboard to shortboard format. Choose whichever method is most comfortable for you, and take comfort in knowing you can always switch it around.