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Written on Apr, 27, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

  A bit of a soundcheck before laying down some drums for the score of “Little Paradise”. Douglas Pipes was the composer, and he was looking for an open, dare I say ‘jazzy’ type drum sound for his music. There were no close mics used, just 2 room microphones and a mono overhead mic. This is the kind of studio …

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Written on Apr, 22, 2014 by in , | Leave a comment

  Hand technique is like anything else. Use it or lose it. Before jumping into composing or recording, most mornings I’ll run through some sticking exercises, rudimental drumming, coordination patterns, and sight reading to keep in shape. The above video features improvised flams and flam taps, and few other rudimentary bits. Traditional flams, especially in drum lines, are usually played …

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Written on Apr, 12, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

As part of my gear review of Shure’s Beta Drum Mics, I put together a video to demonstrate the differences that you can hear (and see). SM57s are typically the snare drum mic of choice in the recording studio, but the Betas make for a great alternative, and their sizes are super convenient and easier to use. Since this review …

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Written on Mar, 09, 2014 by in | 1 Comment.

  Brian Eno once said “Every note obscures another”. I was reminded of this the other day while working on a song with an artist in the recording studio. We were layering some rhythmic beds on a track which were initially sounding great. Then I noticed that the main drum groove suddenly felt lopsided, and something had gone wrong with …

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Written on Feb, 12, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

You may not think about carrying a whole extra snare to a gig, but what if you broke a lug casing on the snare? This happened to me once, and I must have hit the ultimate rim shot or something. Replacing a broken head is one thing (always carry extra heads as well), but if you crack a lug casing, …

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