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Old 10-27-2011, 03:39 AM
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Default Can't identify this percussion sound

Anybody have any guess how they created this "swishing" percussion sound at the beginning of "This is How a Heart Breaks" by Rob Thomas. It's the white noise sort of sound that accompanies the drummer playing on the toms. It could be a studio trick (backwards tracking of a shaker or cabasa?). But here they have it live (could he have used a click track here?). I'm stumped.

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Old 10-27-2011, 04:29 AM
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Default Re: Can't identify this percussion sound

Sounds like a keyboard pad to me.

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Old 10-28-2011, 10:49 AM
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My first thought was he was just splashing out a pattern on his hats while playing the tom groove. There are hats that will give you that swishy sloshy goodness.

Or it could be a cabasa sound played on the keys - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NP0biK6td4E
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Old 10-28-2011, 10:52 AM
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Well, based on the band he has on stage it either has to come from the keyboards or a backing track, in which case it could be anything from a sampled percussion instrument to electronically generated white noise..

There's a backing singer with a tambourine there, but other than that the drummer is the only percussion player on the stage (as far as I can tell), and I see nothing on his kit that could make that sound. They also cut to him a few times, and he's only playing a tom groove.

The exact same sound and rhythm is heard on the studio track, so I'm guessing the keyboard player has the sequence assigned to a single key and simply holds that down, and the band plays to a click.
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