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Old 04-12-2008, 09:47 AM
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The new band went in a week ago to record one song -- our friend is a production & engineering major who needed a band to record for his final undergrad project, and we need all the free studio time we can get, so one song it is!

Seeming how the semester ends in a couple of weeks, I'm guessing our MP&E friend won't complete the track until then. So in the meantime, here's some scenes from deep within Berklee's cramped quarters.

EDIT 6/21/08: the mp3 is finally up in post # 9





My kit: 2003 Mapex Saturn Pro 6-piece, using a 4-piece (12, 14" toms) plus second snare. Zildjian K Customs on the left side (17" Dark crash, 14" Session hats) and 1970s vintage A's on the right (20" med thin ride, 18" crash).



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And the last one, me:

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Old 04-12-2008, 03:29 PM
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looks real nice just one qestion
what's up with your floor tom
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Old 04-12-2008, 05:46 PM
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Doesn't look cramped to me. As studios go, it looks spacious and roomy!
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Old 04-12-2008, 06:12 PM
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Looks like fun. Nice hi hats, I have those too :).
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Old 04-13-2008, 07:38 AM
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looks real nice just one qestion
what's up with your floor tom
I don't know.. it looks like a floor tom to me....?

And yes, that's the second biggest studio at Berklee.. definitely not cramped in there. I was just referencing the fact that enrollment is booming while physical expansion isn't (short on drum practice rooms!).
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Old 04-14-2008, 03:13 PM
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It looks great in there, did you find it hard to get your kit setup in the same way it would be at home or wherever it usually is? I had that problem recently, it just didn't feel the same. That 17" Dark crash looks great, the central positioning seems very functional.

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drumbandit, I definitely have the same problem as you, although it's not as bad as it used to be. I make good use of the memory locks, and for where there aren't any I'll take a permanent marker and draw lines on the stands. So at this point every single moveable part has something marking where it should be.

It's not fool-proof (the marker ink rubs off after a while and you gotta retrace the lines), but it definitely reduces the chances of stuff not setting up exactly where you like it.

Still, I've come to accept that each and every time I move the kit, something on it will be a little bit different.
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Old 04-17-2008, 10:22 AM
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Good idea, I used to use white tape on the floor, but i realised I move my stands so much it was getting pretty useless to use the tape. Can you buy memory locks? I've got some with my cymbal stands, not enough

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Old 06-21-2008, 07:54 AM
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I FINALLY got a hold of the sound file from this session... nobody is really happy with the results, but it is what it is.

For the record, the producer chopped my part up like crazy. All the fills you hear were plugged in where he (not me) wanted them to go. For instance, the fill you hear going into the first chorus doesn't make sense there, and originally was played for the third and final chorus on one the sixth take. Stupid crap like that happened all over the place.

The one good thing is that he didn't quantize me. So what you hear during the groove sections is all me.
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Default Re: In a Berklee Studio

looks like a cool setup.
seems like itd be easy and comfortable to play.

how do you like your tambourine right there?


good selection of cymbals,
how do they sound?

what is your side snare?
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Old 06-21-2008, 10:25 AM
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Your group sounds amazing. Very tasteful drumming, sounds really tight.


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I FINALLY got a hold of the sound file from this session... nobody is really happy with the results, but it is what it is.

For the record, the producer chopped my part up like crazy. All the fills you hear were plugged in where he (not me) wanted them to go. For instance, the fill you hear going into the first chorus doesn't make sense there, and originally was played for the third and final chorus on one the sixth take. Stupid crap like that happened all over the place.

The one good thing is that he didn't quantize me. So what you hear during the groove sections is all me.
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Such a great looking set-up!! I`d love to sit in and play just for fun...it looks so comfortable, nice selection of drums and cymbals!

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I FINALLY got a hold of the sound file from this session... nobody is really happy with the results, but it is what it is.

For the record, the producer chopped my part up like crazy. All the fills you hear were plugged in where he (not me) wanted them to go. For instance, the fill you hear going into the first chorus doesn't make sense there, and originally was played for the third and final chorus on one the sixth take. Stupid crap like that happened all over the place.

The one good thing is that he didn't quantize me. So what you hear during the groove sections is all me.
Yes, very "tasty".
Of course it`s not so cool that the producer took over your part as a drummer and put in stuff here and there. Still it sounds very professional and enjoyable in my opinion, no real need to be unhappy!
I really like the sound of your drums and the grooves!!! Well done, really tight.

Reminds me of Maroon5...and Jamiroquai. =)

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Reminds me of Maroon5...and Jamiroquai. =)
couldn't have put it better myself!

Added this song to my playlist btw :)
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Old 06-28-2008, 07:52 AM
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^ Hey Eddie, great to see you're still listening to the song almost a week after you first heard it -- that really means something!

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how do you like your tambourine right there?
Love it. Although it didn't get included in the final mix of this song, I use it quite a bit with this band (mostly on the backbeats), so it gets top priority in the drum set up. Traditionally, a splash would go in that slot.

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Reminds me of Maroon5...and Jamiroquai. =)
Yes, Jamiroquai is one of the biggest influences on our sound, and to make it clear, we cover their song Virtual Insanity.

We've also been accused of sounding like Maroon5, but we vehemently deny any such charges :)
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Definitely VERY Maroon 5!!!

Great job with a clean track!
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Old 06-28-2008, 04:08 PM
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wow, i really enjoyed that song,i have to second that it sounds very maroon 5.
but i was just wondering was that raw drums or did you run it through an eq?

i have to admit, its a fun song to play along to!!
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Fantastic recording, great song, you did a great job on the drums. Keep it up!
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