From my first experimentations with using the Roland SPD-30 Octapad as a midi controller. I used to use an old Drum Kat, but it has been deteriorating over the years, and went crawling into a corner when I rigged this up.

If you are wondering about the triggered sounds, they are from my personal sound design library, and are not the stock Roland sounds. The Octapad is triggering a custom patch in Kontakt 5 which contain the samples. Geek fun!


Here’s the first drumming video that I put on YouTube. It started from an improvised melodic tom theme that spoke to me as I was experimenting with some Factory Metal Percussion instruments.

Those big grey circular cymbals are prototype Gothic Radius instruments. They sound incredible, a blast of white noise with a short decay. Perfect for punchy accents. There are also some stacked Cross Benderz some of which have jingles to add to their metallic bell sound.

These unique metallic instruments make for a great alternative to traditional cymbals. They are especially great when you want sharp, intense accents without a lot of sustain.


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It’s no secret that I love JZ microphones from Latvia. When I first received the trio of BT-201 microphones, a did all kinds of tests and shootouts.

Here’s a short little video featuring a Meinl cajon recorded with 3 BT-201s. The mics capture the woody-ness of the instrument along with the attack of the hands.

Recorded with API 2124+ mic pres with no eq or compression. Just raw tracks