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  2. When you create a post you can now share it immediately using Facebook or Twitter when it's posted here at OD. You Must be logged into Official Drummer with your Facebook or Twitter account to use this feature. The screen below shows the create a topic screen. The green arrow in the lower left indicates if your logged in through Facebook / Twitter. Just check the box next to the social network you want to share too and it's done automatically. Enjoy
  3. New Features / Software update

    Some of you may notice some additional likes and points sent your way, I was testing Thanks everyone,
  4. New Features / Software update

    Issue with Green Icon resolved and added is a lot more reactions for you to select from .... Have fun
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  6. Does the bass drum head effects the weight of the pedals?

    As mentioned typically a thinner single ply (like the stock Mapex heads) head will have more rebound than a thicker two ply head (like the Evans EMAD heavyweight). other things that can also contribute to changes in rebound for a pedal are the use of dampening (pillow, towel, blanket, etc) and the use of a port or lack thereof on the resonant head. Tuning and head selection is personal and highly subjective so my best advice is to experiment and find what you feel offers the best rebound and tonal balance for what you do. There are no rules if it sounds and feels good it is good. As mentioned typically a thinner single ply (like the stock Mapex heads) head will have more rebound than a thicker two ply head (like the Evans mead heavyweight). other things that can also contribute to changes in rebound for a pedal are the use of dampening (pillow, towel, blanket, etc) and the use of a port or lack thereof on the resonant head. Tuning and head selection is personal and highly subjective so my best advice is to experiment and find what you feel offers the best rebound and tonal balance for what you do. There are no rules if it sounds and feels good it is good. some other advice I can offer from learning early on high school and college for example is don’t get too comfortable or reliant on your personal gear as oftentimes a school, venue, band, backline, studio , etc will have gear they want/need you to use. Get comfortable being uncomfortable.
  7. New Features / Software update

    Ha.... I see a green icon up there...ooops .. I need to correct that today
  8. Does the bass drum head effects the weight of the pedals?

    My take on this.. As fact, as long as you've changed nothing in the pedal settings themselves, they are the same . As fact, a thin head vs heavy head has different rebound characteristics. Heavy heads in general tend to absorb impact as where thinner heads tend to reflect impact more. Keep in mind this is assuming both the heavy and thin head are tuned properly. A properly tuned thin ply head will always have more rebound My suggestion to you is practice with the head your going use. If you have a use for both which is entirely possible, practice with both when you can. Welcome to OD oNyx1980
  9. Hey guys, i'm a big fan of Mapex drums and my daily practices are usually done on a mapex kit of some kind. something i realized recently is that my bass drum pedal has different weight and feel when i'm playing with mapex stock bass drum head (which is REMO of some kind) than the one i usually use (EVANS Heavyweight). When I'm playing with the remo head on it feels like i'm putting too much effort on playing the bass pedal and specially when i'm playing a twin pedal pattern my pedal feels super heavy and super slugish and i end up producing uneven and off beat kick sounds. why is this happening and how can i improve my technique so i can play flawlessly with any heads on. cheers.
  10. coming up soon, i'm setting it up. it's in transparent walnut and it looks goooorrrgeous! That's sound true, i guess out of round drum is more common in budget and mass product drum sets than in the ultra flagship handmade ones say like dw collectors series. thanks for the help mate
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  12. Nic Pettersen

    YouTube suggested I watch some Nic Pettersen videos, and I'm glad I did. Northlane is decently heavy. I dig it.
  13. Drummer wanted

    I will share the post online. Good luck finding a replacement. Are you moving on to do something different, retiring, taking a break?
  14. drum loosing circular shape and transforming into an oval?

    Let's see some pictures of that Armory! Probably, for at least one company. I would say that's an acceptable tolerance. I doubt every company has the same quality control measures on every line of drums they make, and the same limits as every other company.
  15. Wow Thanks guys, lots of useful information. really appreciate it. So i used a tape measure to accurately measure every lug from the opposite lug and turns out almost all the lugs have the same distance from each other, except 2 opposite lugs which are about 1/8 inch closer (or shorter). i read somewhere that anything under 1/8 inch is completely normal and usually under QC department of drum manufacturers defines as ok. is that true? FYI, my drum set is a Mapex Armory if anyone is wondering and it's completely brand new
  16. Drummer wanted

    Welcome aboard and good luck.
  17. Drummer wanted

    One of Portlands up and coming bands is looking for a new drummer. i am leaving the band jan 1st. drummer must be versed multiple styles. i.e. Bluegrass, Reggae,ska,jam,latin,funk,drum and bass and americana. The band has recently pick up management and a record label. This gig is all set up to crush it. Hit me up if you are interested for more details.
  18. Aditya Ashok

    Aditya Ashok took over for Skyharbor after Anup Sastry left. So there's not a lot of drumming specific videos of him.
  19. Braeden Keenan

    Braeden Keenan plays for a band called Skyhaven. They seem to be a newer band. There's not even a Wikipedia page for them yet. I think I've found his channel, which appears to be videos of shows he's seen. So not many drum specific videos for him. The guys from Polyphia join in on this one, and ninjas.
  20. Doug Court

    Doug Court plays for Sirens & Sailors.
  21. New Features / Software update

    Hello Everyone,, this evening I updated our software and it comes with new features. I will quickly mention just one for now until morning. Reactions You can now instead of upvoting you can react in differn't ways to posts now. We will be adding more reactions this weekend btw. The site should be a bit faster also. Kindest Regards Augie P.S. I will try and squeeze some updates in also. KOTM and some news.
  22. Anup Sastry

    Anup Sastry is... was the drummer for Intervals. He's also played for Marty Friedman, Monuments, Jeff Loomis & Skyharbor.
  23. Nathan Bulla

    Nathan Bulla has played live shows for a band called Intervals. I mostly listen to instrumental stuff now, so I came across his name through that connection.
  24. Mapex Thrones

    A while back my buddy, and bandmate, bought an electronic drum set. Nothing fancy. I think it's a $500 Yamaha pad set. Gets the job done for his purposes, affordable, works with his other software/hardware and comes with everything except a pair of sticks and... a throne. Really weird. You would think these e-kits would come with a throne of some sort. So I bought him a cheap throne at my local shop. It is a Mapex T270a (I think). It's not bad. Comfortable enough and it gets the job done. I'd say it's on part for the level of e-kit he has. It's gotten a little squeaky over time, but these thrones usually do. It's not uncomfortable and I have no real complaints about it. There is a model just above this one that I would rather have gotten, and probably still will for a gigging throne. This past weekend we went to Orlando to record. I also had a wedding to attend and a million things going on during the week, so I was packing my gear and clothing the evening before. I never found my metronome and almost left without a snare stand. (I still need to get a second snare stand, and find that metronome.) About 90 minutes into the drive I realized that I forgot my throne, which is annoying because I grabbed it when taking the snare stand off the kit that was set up. The band was already at the studio/house. I had to get my brother from the airport still, so after that we swung by a Guitar Center. They had thrones ranging from $90 to I think $180. They only had one with a backrest, and it was a floor model on sale, so the last one they had. It was a Mapex T775 that was priced closer to the more expensive ones but on sale to be mid range. The T770 has a round bottom instead of the motorcycle seat style, otherwise they're the same. I wasn't looking to get a throne that nice, and definitely wasn't looking to spend that much. The cheap throne was more than I wanted to spend, so there would be regret no matter what. This one had a mini backrest and FOUR legs. It was weird, and you guys know I like weird. All things considered, it was the best deal. I also have a similar Gibraltar throne (similar to Roc-N-Soc) to compare it with. The four leg thing didn't cause any placement issues, which I was a little worried about. The backrest is tiny, and doesn't go anywhere near as high as my Gibraltar one. My back is not the healthiest of backs, so I was a wondering how this would feel. I recorded for about 4 hours. I was getting up and down to do a few things, but I was sitting for a while. The backrest didn't bother my back as much as the Gibraltar one does. I had the Mapex rest up as high as I can get it. I might lower the other one now. The seat (both similar in shape) is a lot softer than the Gibraltar and my tailbone wasn't irritated after playing all morning. It's also got a crap ton of adjustments and memory locks. My only complaint is the spring on the backrest is noisy. I haven't taken it apart to inspect it yet. Obviously that will wear out over time, so I'll need to find replacement parts for it. Both thrones are on the larger side, so taking them to gigs isn't ideal. That's also why I wanted a smaller one, so these two will stay in the studio where I plan to have two kits set up. I'd suggest you try one out for a bit. I wasn't thrilled with it in the store, got it for being weird and the best deal, and by the time I packed it up after recording, I loved it.
  25. Nigel John Stanford (Automatica)

    I haven't heard of that particular experiment, but not surprising results at all. This would not be anything new. I've posted Wintergatan's Marble Machine and Marble Machine X here before. He's been giving demonstrations of similar instruments in the museum. Yes, they're more mechanical and analog and not digital, but the same concepts are applied. I don't have anything against one-man-bands or automated/programmed music. People can be very difficult to work with, especially musicians. Why hold yourself back when you are capable and creative enough to make all the music yourself? Instead of giving musicians charts or chords to follow as a base for improvisation, we would just be giving machines/computers the charts and chords. Here's the play list from the museum:
  26. Nigel John Stanford (Automatica)

    I came upon an interesting article. This is from the article: NOT so long ago, mastering the ancient Chinese game of Go was beyond the reach of artificial intelligence. But then AlphaGo, Google DeepMind’s AI player, started to leave even the best human opponents in the dust. Yet even this world-beating AI needed humans to learn from. Then, on Wednesday, DeepMind’s new version ditched people altogether. AlphaGo Zero has surpassed its predecessor’s abilities, bypassing AI’s traditional method of learning games, which involves watching thousands of hours of human play. Instead, it simply starts playing at random, honing its skills by repeatedly playing against itself. Three days and 4.9 million such games later, the result is the world’s best Go-playing AI. “It’s more powerful than previous approaches because we’ve removed the constraints of human knowledge,” says David Silver, the lead researcher for AlphaGo. “Humankind has accumulated Go knowledge from millions of games played over thousands of years,” the authors write in their paper. “In the space of a few days… AlphaGo Zero was able to rediscover much of this Go knowledge, as well as novel strategies that provide new insights into the oldest of games.” So, if you programmed a robot, with mechanical facility like human hands and feet (a loooong way off), etc., after watching and listening to hundreds of thousands of hours of drumming from all available media, programming every rudiment, and allowing it to create new ones, even, could you have, literally, the world's greatest drummer? It might seem so but, then the article places this before readers: Yet there are drawbacks too. For an AI to learn by itself, it needs to be programmed with the rules of the world it inhabits. That works for worlds with clear and simple rules, but would quickly become impossible for more complicated tasks like driving. Even in cases for which the rules are clear, AlphaGo Zero’s abilities may not transfer. Although Go is a challenging game, it still has many attributes that tailor it to conquest by AI systems. So although DeepMind has now created the world’s best Go player twice, it will have a tougher task proving that the same approach can be useful beyond board games. “In 10 years, I hope that these kinds of algorithms will be routinely advancing the frontiers of scientific research,” says Hassabis. So, when it comes to knowledge and basic movement, you succeed. Drumming is a such an enormously tactile activity, it would seem impossible to be able to have AI understand the nuances of striking a drum or cymbal in the moment as music moves along. Like Speedy says, with latter 20th century to current music and beyond there's already non-human, multi-array percussion on recordings. Snare, bass, hats, crash stuff. I can see AI easily navigating that. How it would or could navigate waters of more involved, complicated genres, like jazz, fusion, prog, etc, is another matter. Even with simple genre you can have places where the human drummer uses experience and imagination to place notes unconventionally. I suppose you can have a trial and error thing with a robot but, then it's a matter of time, and time is money in a studio setting. Of course, this is from a drummer's perspective. Most people, even other musicians, don't really care what a drummer can do as long as time skills are good. The drummer is the easiest thing to replace, obviously, as it has already been done. I can see a time when all musicians are replaced by robots playing just keyboard-type instruments. One-man-band stuff. An entire symphony from one device, composed and played in real time. Sad, really. https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg23631484-000-alphagos-ai-upgrade-gets-round-the-need-for-human-input/
  27. drum loosing circular shape and transforming into an oval?

    Welcome to the forum! As mentioned, bring a tape measure with you when you're buying a kit to make sure it's mostly round. The set my high school had was heavily abused to the point that the hoops were "directional" and the new heads had to be forced in. We reshaped the hoops a little so the heads went in easier. Once it was all back together, they tuned up and sounded fine. Obviously you'd want to buy/own the roundest shells possible, but if they still sound good and tune up... not a total deal breaker. Just make sure you don't see any splits or cracks in the wood.
  28. drum loosing circular shape and transforming into an oval?

    Believe it or not a drum not perfectly round does not effect the sound enough to notice. Now, oval is another cup of tea. But, bear in mind, even under the pressure of a couple toms mounted, bass drums do pretty well at staying round by virtue of their thickness and/or reinforcement hoops. Plus you have the head hoop and rim holding things in place, all tightened together at the lugs. If you cannot affix the drum head because a shell is that out of round there isn't really anything you can do. Wood is a natural material/product and gluing veneers generally keeps things correct but, wood can defy the manufacturing process. It's rare though. I have made drums from Keller shells that were not round. I could see it before ever measuring but, it didn't effect the tuning or sound. I am playing stacked plywood drums right now. The process I went through to cut, glue and stack the plywood rings, sand them and router the bearing edges left me with shells nowhere near perfectly round, the bearing edges were done with a dremel in places, and yet the drums sound fantastic. As long as you can seat a head alright, a drum will be okay. If you want to know if a shell is out of round just take a tape measure and measure across the shell at each pair of lugs. BTW, check out Trixon drums on the web. Now there is an oval bass drum. http://www.trixondrums.de/
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