Pearl Introduces e/MERGE Powered by KORG

From a Pearl Press Release

Not just a new standard. A new sound. A new Feel. And, a completely new e-drumming experience. e/MERGE is about change and change in the e-drum market has been long overdue. When Pearl and KORG looked closely at every aspect of the current e-drumming experience, they knew they could make a dramatic difference.

“It is my great privilege to introduce to you that Pearl and KORG, two great Japanese companies, are joining forces to create a brand new revolutionary electronic drum set, “e/MERGE”. This represents a merging of our technological and historical experiences, to create a truly ground-breaking product. I have great expectations that this will change the market and the way drummers play” said Executive Vice President Pearl Musical Instrument Co. Max Iishi.

“Pearl and KORG together explored the whole area of electronic drums and kept asking one simple question: what is the best that electronic drums can be for drummers” As the name says, e/MERGE is the successful fusion of the clever technologies with the vision and passion of both companies. e/MERGE combines inspiration with genuine playing satisfaction!” says Director KORG INC. Tomoko Itoh (Kosaka).

When the world’s leading drum company spends five years working hand in hand with the music industry’s leading electronics company, great things are bound to happen.Introducing e/MERGE, a completely new electronic drum set and e-drumming experience.

A new era in electronic drums begins with the all new e/MERGE module powered by KORG. Simple yet elegant in design, the e/MERGEMDL1 module features a full library of high definition, natural, organic and minimally processed acoustic Pearl drums. But the module is only part of the change. Introducing WAVE TRIGGER TECHNOLOGY, WTT. This all new technology based upon KORG’slegendary Wave Drum brings a realism, instantaneous response and dynamic range never imagined possible. The sensitivity provided by WTT is simply amazing. Pearl’s all new PUREtouch Pad System completes the experience. No excessive unnatural bounce and no wrist shaking ultra-hard practice pad like feel, PUREtouch provides the sizes and feel every acoustic drummer has come to expect.

e/MERGE will launch with two configurations that were ergonomically designed to fit a small footprint while delivering real size components to the player. The stock 5-piece configurations come with a Pearl Icon e-Rack that provides extreme flexibility to accommodate various setups and styles.

The e/HYBRID configuration includes 10”, 12” and 14” toms, a 14” snare and an 18”x 12”acoustic bass drum. The e/TRADITIONAL configuration includes the same size components with a traditional bass e/drum pad designed for portability.

Each e/MERGE kit includes a PUREtouch Electronic Cymbal pack consisting of an 18” three zone Ride (bell, bow and edge), 15” two zone Crash (bow and edge), and 14” two zone Hi-hats (bow and edge). PureTouch Crash and Ride Cymbals feature a multi layer construction encapsulated in rubber with a playing action similar to that of acoustic cymbals, but with a slightly softer feel for controlled sound volume. PUREtouch cymbals have a patent pending feature, based upon frequency, that blends the edge and bow sounds consistent with where you strike the cymbal. Truly the most natural sounding electronic cymbals ever.

If you were ready for a change in e-drumming, if you were ready for a drum company to listen to what you really want in an electronic drum set, you are ready for e/MERGE. To find out more about e/MERGE we invite you to visit

Pearl Corporation is a division of Pearl Musical Instruments, a world-wide leading manufacturer of acoustic and electronic drums, concert and marching percussion instruments, hand percussion and flutes. Pearl Corporation is also the exclusive U.S. distributor of Adams Musical Instruments and Keith McMillen Instruments. Pearl Corporation is based in Nashville, TN.