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  1. 2 points
    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.
  2. 2 points
    I am trying wanting get some ideas on what obstacles that a disabled or handicaped drummer's have to overcome. I am handicapped having my left leg amputated recently. I am having problems using the hi hat pedal cause the i have no flexibility in the foot of my prosthetic leg..I have to shift my weight to favor the left to close it and when I need to open it I have shift back. I would lay in bed thinking of a way to make it easier to do and I came up with a solution that works well. I am not going to tell about what I made until I know that I can protect myself from someone looking at it and deciding to copy it. I also have a solution for someone that lost their right leg. If you know someone that is an amputee let me know and I will work on a solution for them. I spent 6 months in the hospital and I had time to think and never gave up on playing again in front of a live crowd again and that goal will come true in October. Thanks everyone maybe we can help someone to reach their dream.
  3. 1 point
    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.
  4. 1 point
    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.
  5. 1 point
    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.
  6. 1 point
    So... he's not really a drummer, but he does program some drums. Let's be honest. A lot of what we hear in modern music is programmed, or a live drummer recorded, digitized, looped and then reprogrammed. So while the physical playing technique might not be there, the writing and understanding of the instruments in relation to each other are. (Side note: I have a friend with cerebral palsy. He used to create a lot of electronic music, EDM or whatever you want to call it. He did it all by ear. Chords, beats, harmonies, everything by ear, clicking one note at a time until he found the right one. Occasionally he would have musician friends come over and teach him theory, chords and what human limitations are in playing many of these instruments.) Now this idea kind of goes backwards from programming everything in some software to make sounds and programs software to move machines to play physical instruments. A lot of musicians would say that electronic music isn't really music because nobody is playing it on real instruments. This flips that on its head, especially if you consider the advances in AI. The music video brings up this idea as the Kuka robot arms seemingly take over and do whatever they want. So would you consider this guy to be a drummer after he programmed robot arms to play acoustic (minus the electric bass pad) drums? If an AI software developed a program for robots to physically play, would it be considered a drummer? In my opinion, it's kind of hard to say no.
  7. 1 point
    It is a original ride cymbal from Craig. I bought it from a fellow drummer, so i'm the second owner. He waited 14 months (!) an Craig keeping sending him sound examples until his was satisfied with the sound. Very cool approach!
  8. 1 point
    Hi there fellow drummers! I recently starting shooting videos of my gear, specially my vintage drum & cymbal collection. Reason: Theres a lot of beautiful pictures online, but no sound examples. Yesterday i got my new Craig Lauritsen ride cymbal (from a friend, who purchased it from Craig), very nice open sound. I really like it. For those of you who do not know Craig, he's a cymbal smith. Well, just google his page. Hope you like the video.
  9. 1 point
    Good idea to get videos of these things. It really is more appropriate to have sound as a sales point than a pretty picture.
  10. 1 point
    Hi guys, I'm the newest member of the crew. For my background, I'm a Web Designer at Petstreetmall which is an online store that sells pet supply. I started playing guitar and drums since I was 5-years old and I'm 30 now. My other hobbies are playing computer games, watching sci-fi movies, and reading books well now it is a light novel on the internet now. I do hope to get along with everyone.
  11. 1 point
    These are the drums I lusted after in my late teens. I still have the original brochure from when I was 16. Two years ago I pieced together a 5 piece kit, with separates I bought off of ebay. I have since got enough drums to make what I have today, with all period Tri lok, hardware. Sizes are 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 x 2, 18 toms. 14 x 8 snare 22 x 16 x 2 bass drums.
  12. 1 point
    I totally agree that the times change and to add to what you said about let it breathe, I think we have to, until a certain limit obviously when it starts to sound non-musical then we have a problem lol. I record guitars without a click. I get confused... however I prefer to follow a click when drumming. I have had times in a gig (the first gigs) I would just turn off the click if we would play a too slow song because I am not good at slow tempos (something to improve he) Interesting opinion. It's indeed nowadays underdeveloped, and that's what I talk on my vlog.. in a track you can have as multiple time signatures as slow down or hurry up the song as you want. Depends how you make a track, but you can really do anything you want if you know how. That's the great thing of Ableton for example.. you split your songs in parts, normally by sections of a certain song like chorus, interlude, instrumental, bridge, verse, etc. and you can even change the pitch separately. Ableton is really super advanced on such things, and I got really surprised by it. I have seen Anika Nilles at drumeo triggering her songs from Ableton and I'm sure Dream Theater has some kind of tracks like that. Playing such prog I hardly believe they are so perfect and knowing Petrucci is a metronome geek. David Gilmour doesn't use click/metronome. Hear live in Gdanks (sorry is written wrong) and you will notice on the first song (clastellorizon) he doesn't use anything at all, still sounds awesome and gives me goose bumps everytime I hear it.
  13. 1 point
    Papermill glue is something used to splice enormous rolls of paper together so they don't have to stop presses when printing. Or, it can be the kind of glue used for layering paper used in concrete tubes, etc. It's an industrial glue with a special purpose. Laminating wood veneer into a drum shell? I don't know. I wouldn't use it without knowing its qualities. Not enough info from OP on this two section process. Even trying to understand speedy asking about it is confusing. I have made drums from purchased plywood shells, solid segmented block shells, solid stave shells, stacked plywood rings, PVC tubes, sono/3M (concrete) tubes, compressed veneer, and sheet metal, and the carpenter ... well, suffice to say whatever his plan is, it is out there. Unless he is going to try and take two halves of cosmetic pillars and glue them at the two seams or something. STOP! Turn around! Do not pass go, and run! Possibly using Gorilla glue (polyurethane glue) you can "weld" those seams together but, it just isn't something necessary when so many other supplies are out there to use for making strong cylinders. And cosmetic pillars are made to very lax standards so getting two halves to perfectly line up at the seams is dubious unless you have a lot in storage to choose from. That means sanding or another step to align the seams and that means chewing away a layer of veneer in the plywood ... . I've never heard of a Drum Luthier. Luthiers are usually makers of stringed instruments like guitars and violins, etc. They do work with thin veneers so, is he going to glue veneer layers together? He'll need some serious pressure to affix the layers tightly. Let us know how the project is progressing.
  14. 1 point
    Good stuff man. Lots to learn for that one. I haven't listened to DT in a while. Only criticism is the bass id quiet, but that could be my low quality speakers.
  15. 1 point
    You know, when it comes to things like this, the passion that goes into it, it's kind of like American Ninja Warrior - everybody supports everybody and wants each other to make it to Mt. Midoriyama. What one does inspires another and your prototypes might flip a switch in someone else to try something and in the end, everybody comes out ahead.
  16. 1 point
    Yeah, he definitely makes great videos to go with his projects. Looks editing intensive from what little I've learned about the process. Totally worth it though, as a viewer at least.
  17. 1 point
    fun video. great idea for a snare shell. Sounds very legit as well.
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    That's a really great art piece, tribute to Zappa as well as Bozzio and a beautiful instrument as well. I know something like that is meant to sit in a glass case, but I'm curious to hear the sound with the 10 ply shell and the black suede heads. Classy drum. Almost on par with Speedy's fan.
  20. 1 point
    Ahem...(clears throat)...mi mi MI... Niiiiiccceee!!! Mike H
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