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Forum: General Discussion Today, 02:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 74
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Another Frustrated Drummer....

It's a west coast thing. They put a premium on making people think they aren't actually trying. It's actually deceiving because they are trying hard to attain that look, they actually have a whole...
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 11:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 283
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Converting programmed drum parts to acoustic kit

Same goes for reducing a batucada part, to a set. There is often a cow bell, bongo, shaker, repinique. I've known people that would find traditional percussion arrangements and program them in a...
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 02:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 283
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Converting programmed drum parts to acoustic kit

The biggest problem, isn't with the feel, but with the sound. Preprogrammed drum tracks tend to be much more trebly, because the toms use too much head room, and they have bass synths anyway. This...
Forum: General Discussion 09-19-2014, 12:30 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 3,354
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Completely out of touch old fart irrelevant opinion - but,

One thing I like about the EDM/IDM scene, especially on the continent, is how they down play vocals, and really try to make music with their toys, and when they dance the don't need a candy wrapper...
Forum: General Discussion 09-18-2014, 01:27 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 3,354
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Completely out of touch old fart irrelevant opinion - but,

If you look closely, at the original image, the laptop is only one component of the electronic musicians tool set. Laptops generally suffer from limits in the input devices, and high quality I/O. ...
Forum: General Discussion 09-17-2014, 11:11 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 3,354
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Completely out of touch old fart irrelevant opinion - but,

I guess in this context an emulated 303 would make sense.
Forum: General Discussion 09-17-2014, 01:23 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 3,354
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Completely out of touch old fart irrelevant opinion - but,

People hear music mixed on a computer, and they think wow that is amazing, but they don't realize how limiting laptops are even with modern 64 bit processors and gigahertz of CPU cycles, which is why...
Forum: General Discussion 09-14-2014, 02:24 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 3,354
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Completely out of touch old fart irrelevant opinion - but,

People who make music with laptops actually resemble composers and arrangers more than rock stars, except classical composers could depend on virtuoso's, who could turn just about any chiken scratch,...
Forum: General Discussion 09-13-2014, 02:07 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 3,354
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Completely out of touch old fart irrelevant opinion - but,

Not to mention that many times DJ's with laptops go on to hire real live musicians to perform their music,for example Beck or NIN. It's just that awkward phase where they are composing music, but...
Forum: General Discussion 09-13-2014, 04:17 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 3,354
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Completely out of touch old fart irrelevant opinion - but,

I have to agree, it's the same thing, as rock an roll. This years axe of choice comes in a suitcase and has more firepower than a platoon. Honestly, I bet the laptop sounds better, because the DJ...
Forum: General Discussion 09-12-2014, 11:49 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 198
Posted By SmoothOperator
Rock percussion ... Rocks!

I've been scavaging granite(that's right rock), from counter tops, and toying with the idea of making percussion instruments out of them. I've done a little research about Vietnamese Dan tran stone...
Forum: General Discussion 09-07-2014, 02:36 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 3,131
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Worst song ever

I can't believe people are quibbling about rap vs. metal having worse songs, when "All about the bass" is a number one in the charts.
Forum: General Discussion 09-06-2014, 02:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 422
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Comparative use of forums.

There is enough to discuss in the technique section which is easy enough to discuss arrangements, songs, solos etc. Only the basic techniques are difficult to describe and by this time there are...
Forum: General Discussion 09-05-2014, 01:17 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 710
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Two and four groovy or... Not?

I guess another way of putting it might be, that I observe many drummers and drum related people that don't seem to understand when a two and four back beat is inappropriate, and to me this...
Forum: General Discussion 09-03-2014, 01:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 710
Posted By SmoothOperator
Two and four groovy or... Not?

I've noticed a number of threads where people bring up play two and four as if it were groovy. Maybe in comparison to multi cultural drumming, chops or in lieu of musicality, etc. It seems like to...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-21-2014, 12:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 536
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Tom-inique Technique

It actually looks really versatile to me, like a Sonor jungle kit that you could also use for samba circles, or Latin jazz.
Forum: Drum Technique 08-19-2014, 03:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 536
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Tom-inique Technique

I am more worried about my hand, maybe just a low profile rim would work.

Pearl's Brazilian kit is interesting, but the repinique ergonomics are all wrong.
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Forum: General Discussion 08-17-2014, 04:28 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,492
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Insulting a member on the bandstand

I think there is a different standard for sit ins. It's your song, you can't have it drag(people will think you are dragging) you are responsible for the sound, of course some tom work or kick...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-17-2014, 02:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 536
Posted By SmoothOperator
Tom-inique Technique

I've been watching some repinique videos. I want to play some of the rhythms on my set. Flipping my twelve inch tom(on a snare stand) over and using the reso side seems to sound OK for the...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-13-2014, 01:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 491
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Developing the samba suingue.

What does suingue mean? Is that a Portuguese pronunciation of swing samba? Thanks for the nice blog post, I have been working on some of those bass patterns myself. They make nice double bass...
Forum: General Discussion 08-11-2014, 03:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 593
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Tuning toms to octaves

I prefer flat sixes, and all the ninths major, minor and augmented. A vibrating membrane doesn't have an octave unless it is the tabla, which has very principled placements for damping.
Forum: General Discussion 07-26-2014, 02:17 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 559
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Doing some drum covers outside!

I highly recommend playing outside. Though, I tend to use more portable instruments, flutes trumpets, hand drums. Aesthetically, I prefer minimal mic'ing and good scenery. A little wind noise is...
Forum: General Discussion 07-10-2014, 01:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 660
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Technical question......Song endings

The Duke Ellington ending is a counted bar of rest followed by a short accent. Similar Idea.
Forum: Drums 07-06-2014, 01:54 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,789
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: Do we really need expensive drums?

70% head, 20% tuning+shell size, 15% stick+technique, 5% shell, 0% Aesthetics.

Of this the only places drum expense factor in are getting fine threaded tuning lugs and the shell, however most...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-03-2014, 10:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 644
Posted By SmoothOperator
Re: BPM change in the middle of the song transitions

It's like driving through those little speed trap towns in the middle of no where, on the way to a pot luck with food in the back seat and all kinds of other goodies. You come around the corner and...
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