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Forum: General Discussion 11-15-2018, 03:54 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,865
Posted By Mark_S
Re: My live playing sucks

Thanks for all the replies everyone! I enjoyed reading them all, and I think a lot of them helped. Some things I agreed with, some I didn't, but I'll take them all on board.

I've recently put...
Forum: General Discussion 11-04-2018, 11:55 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,538
Posted By Mark_S
Re: The sound behind vs. the sound out front - big differences for you?

It's weird, I've always thought my drums sounded much better when wearing hearing protection, almost like they've been processed.

When I take the hearing protection off the snare and cymbals...
Forum: General Discussion 11-04-2018, 11:08 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,865
Posted By Mark_S
My live playing sucks

I know there have been threads on this before.. but..

My live playing is killing me; I just can't switch off and play like I can in the practise room or even when rehearsing. My mind is going all...
Forum: Drums 10-21-2018, 08:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 885
Posted By Mark_S
Re: Aquarian SuperPad hard to find? Good alternative?

Thanks guys.
I think stuffing the kick full, taping a sock to the head where the beater hits, and *also* putting a load of stuff in front of the kick next to the resonant head (easy as it's facing a...
Forum: Drums 10-20-2018, 03:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 885
Posted By Mark_S
Re: Aquarian SuperPad hard to find? Good alternative?

I'm loving the SuperPad on the snare drum, it feels natural and reduced the volume just enough, and still retains some of the snare qualities. With the snares off it is really quiet.

I've filled...
Forum: General Discussion 10-20-2018, 10:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 974
Posted By Mark_S
Re: Mixer for direct monitoring?

Allen and Heath QU-16. Best bit of electronic kit I've bought in ages. I resisted going digital for a long time but so glad I did.

You can plug a USB hard drive in and multitrack record 18...
Forum: Drums 10-20-2018, 10:32 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 885
Posted By Mark_S
Re: Aquarian SuperPad hard to find? Good alternative?

Thanks VT, let me know how you get on.

I did consider the SuperPad kick, but I'm finding just stuffing the bass drum absolutely full of pillows and old clothes and taping a sock folded in half...
Forum: Drums 10-19-2018, 04:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 885
Posted By Mark_S
Re: Aquarian SuperPad hard to find? Good alternative?

Thanks :-)
I ordered the 13" which will arrive tomorrow, paid over the odds compared to buying it from the US but I didn't want to wait ;-) I may import a 14" at some point, depending on how I get...
Forum: Drums 10-19-2018, 03:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 885
Posted By Mark_S
Re: Aquarian SuperPad hard to find? Good alternative?

Tell a lie.. I just found some, all except 14". I guess they are just really popular and always going out of stock, which is perhaps the opposite of what I thought (not popular enough).

I might...
Forum: Drums 10-19-2018, 03:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 885
Posted By Mark_S
Aquarian SuperPad hard to find? Good alternative?

Is it me or are Aquarian SuperPads incredibly hard to find in the UK? Is there an equivalent that's easier to get hold of now or something? Has it been superceded by something else?

Bax seem to...
Forum: General Discussion 02-14-2018, 02:32 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 985
Posted By Mark_S
Anyone want 1 or 2 tickets to Aha acoustic gig at O2 London tonight??

Hi all,
I hope it's okay posting this here..
Basically I was meant to be going tonight, but the person I was going with can no longer make it due to illness.
I can't seem to find anyone else to go...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-01-2018, 09:50 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,238
Posted By Mark_S
Re: Bit overwhelmed - what should I ALWAYS practice?

I sometimes get caught up in the more advanced stuff I'm working on, and forgot to practice the basics.

For some reason I tensed up while playing a very basic fill with a cover band just yesterday...
Forum: General Discussion 10-26-2017, 06:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,519
Posted By Mark_S
Re: What is your go to tempo?

Probably around 80 or 90. Slow and groovy, yeah baby!
Forum: General Discussion 10-26-2017, 06:20 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,039
Posted By Mark_S
Re: The 'One' illusion

Although not particularly difficult, this one caught me out a bit at first :-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RF0HhrwIwp0
Forum: General Discussion 10-25-2017, 12:55 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,896
Posted By Mark_S
Re: Remo Silentstroke + something else = ?

Having been through this a few times over the years, I would say if there's any way at all you can find somewhere you can play a real kit, do it. Find a local rehearsal studio and see if they have a...
Forum: General Discussion 10-24-2017, 05:17 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,754
Posted By Mark_S
Re: Here's an observation nobody here wants to hear ;)

I used to be one of those with gear acquisition syndrome, thinking it'd make me play better.

It was like if I just had that extra tom, I will play better.. or that extra cymbal.. I once bought a...
Forum: General Discussion 10-16-2017, 12:29 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 11,786
Posted By Mark_S
Re: Should I be annoyed?

**As long as its agreed before hand**, I've always been fine with people using my kit (the shells).

Back when I was at uni, in the small venues I played it was always the norm that everyone used...
Forum: General Discussion 10-16-2017, 12:16 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,474
Posted By Mark_S
Re: Beginner - easy songs are freaking hard!

One of the problems with drums is: it sounds easy, and everybody thinks there's not much to it.. I've even had other musicians make jokes about it around me. "You just hit things don't you?". "You...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-27-2017, 01:07 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,395
Posted By Mark_S
Re: Heavy sticks

I tend to use Vic Firth SD9 Driver's most of the time at the moment, but have some 5B's and 2B's around too from various brands. They do all sound a bit different, and feel different, especially the...
Forum: General Discussion 09-26-2017, 03:28 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,172
Posted By Mark_S
Re: How should I choose a drum teacher as a beginner?

If you really want to be sure, find someone with a reputation of producing good drummers. It's like a teacher's portfolio of work. You may have to travel a bit further, but you don't have to go...
Forum: General Discussion 09-26-2017, 03:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,785
Posted By Mark_S
Re: Home Recording Studio...

Better, but.. I'd have a serious think about the 5x5 foot mix room.. Lay it out somewhere.. Desk plus chair, you'll likely have your back against the wall, and that's before room treatment which...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-25-2017, 05:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,753
Posted By Mark_S
Re: SERIOUS issue with bass drum speed (single pedal)

I'm no expert in this department and have my own issues, but here's a few things that come to mind that might be worth checking : -

Maybe you are too far or too near the bass drum?

Do you sit...
Forum: General Discussion 09-25-2017, 01:52 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,367
Posted By Mark_S
Re: what to expect from 1st jam

Hard to say as I don't know those cymbals at all.

It might just be that you need to learn to control your dynamics (I always have to re-adjust after playing an e-kit). I'm guessing you mean...
Forum: Drums 09-25-2017, 01:03 PM
Replies: 199
Views: 12,365
Posted By Mark_S
Re: I will NEVER buy / own _______, and here's why.

For some reason, Pearl, DW and maybe Tama don't do it for me. Hardware, fine, but just not the drums. It's a subjective/feeling thing. I don't know if unconsciously its the sound of the name...
Forum: Drum Technique 09-25-2017, 12:37 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,824
Posted By Mark_S
Re: Hearing.

I use Shure SE425, which is basically the same as the SE215.

If you've got a proper seal with your ear, you should have no problem at all. It should feel like an air tight seal, otherwise they...
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