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Old 03-15-2007, 01:12 AM
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Hi Gavin, this is Alessandro from Italy.
I've recently taken two of your drum clinics here in Italy the last February (Boschello music store in Mirano and Irish pub in Treviglio). They were absolutely great!!
You told me you've played two songs named "Designer" (I guess the first in your set-list) and "19 days". I loved both and found two of the most interesting and high-level played songs I've ever heard. But I forgot asking the name of the band!! Please can you give me the references so I can buy the CD's containing those songs?
While I know that the song "OOPS" is from Steps Ahead. Is it right?
What about your CD "Sanity and Gravity". Is unavailable from Most of the seller (Amazon and CDuniverse) Will it be available soon?
Thank you very much, I'm waiting for your answers

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Old 03-15-2007, 02:10 PM
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Hi Cha,

yes it's 3 sixteenth note triplets - starting on the last 8th note of the bar and goes onto the first note of the next bar - so it's actually four notes in total.

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Old 03-15-2007, 05:50 PM
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Hey Gavin,

Any hints on what you will be doing at the Musikmesse.
During your performances that is....

Have you worked out something especially for the show, or some of the same things as in your DVD’s?

What’s your thought on ‘clinics’ anyway….Is it something you like to do or it’s more of an obligation to an endorser?

I recently read in an interview with Vinnie Colaiuta in MD that he doesn’t do clinics because to him it served no purpose, that there’s no context, that the audience only wants to see him blow them away with speed and chops.
Sensationalism he calls it.

You strike me as someone who loves drumming as an art, and that you like to share as much of it with other people, so I'm curious how you 'see' it.

Excellent article by the way, really sheds some light on how Vinnie thinks about drumming in general.

PS. Is the groove in 7/8 on the Rhythmic Horizons DVD taken from Stings song Saint Augustine in Hell featuring Vinnie on drums, or is it just a coincidence?

I’m still in doubt if I will go, it’s a 5 hour drive for me so…….half hour show isn't it????

Greetz, Andre

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Old 03-15-2007, 08:22 PM
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wo, thanks for explaining man!
im ordering rhytmic horizons and visions and theres some problem with the shipping..
me and my bass player just cant wait any longer..!

keep on rocking on!
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Old 03-15-2007, 11:26 PM
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Hi Drizzle,
the show at Frankfurt Musikmesse isn't really a clinic. I will just play 5 or 6 songs in the 30 minute slot.
Doing clinics is not an obligation for me - I have the choice to say no. I enjoy doing them - but only ever do a small amount of them.

I read the Vinnie Colaiuta interview (very interesting) and I agree with a lot of the things he said. A lot of young/beginner drummers come to clinics - obviously because they want to learn something - but they are the ones who are most impressed with technique - so you can feel pressurized to play something fast and flash because it gets a good reaction. But I try to make something musical out of my clinics and steer clear of "fireworks and tricks". Maybe that's why I don't get so many offers to do clinics?

The 7/8 pattern is actually inspired by Sting's "Straight To My Heart" which is programmed drums as far I know.

Hi Cha,
The Rhythmic Visions DVD is currently 'sold out' at "Burning Shed" but the new one "Rhythmic Horizons" is available. I don't know why you had a shipping problem - you should contact them directly.

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Old 03-16-2007, 11:19 AM
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Hi Gavin, another question.

I'd would like to start my own proffesional studio in 3 or 4 months.
I was looking into some products. The main things I'll be purshasing would be a new mixer (ana or digi), new mics and preamps.

These products caught my interest: Mackie Digital X-bus - Yamaha O2R96V2

Those 2 are large, expensive digital mixers. (+- 10000 - 12000 euro/$)

I was thinking of getting a superd analog mixer like this one Mackie 32:8.

This mixer costs a 5th of the price above, but I'm in doubt if this is capable of giving extremely good quality (pro cd-quality)?

As for mics, I'm probably going to purshase some Neumann U87i's (matched pair), probably 4 or 5 Shure SM57's, an AKG D112, and 2 AKG C414, and 3 Sennheiser MD 421-II's. When I wouldn't buy those highly expensive mixingdesks, i could afford myself that mackie mixer (+ meterbridge) + all those mics mentioned + preamps.

The question is: IS that mackie capable of giving me pro-studio quality? And what other add-ons beside good pre-amps and good mics would you recommend?
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Old 03-16-2007, 05:09 PM
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Hi Sam,
choosing a desk is a tough decision. I've used the Mackie 32:8 for the last ten years and I'm very happy with it - I think the mic amps are excellent. I recently compared them to API 3124 mic amps and I really couldn't hear any difference I blind tested a few musician producer friends of mine and they couldn't hear a difference either. The API's are about $2500 dollars for 4 amps.
10 Years ago the Mackie was the only real choice that I could afford - if I wanted take an individual output from each channel. Otherwise I could have only recorded 8 things at a time through other "8 bus" desks.

We have the 02R96 desk - we use it as a monitor desk in Porcupine Tree and it's very good. We wanted the 'recall-ability" because of the day to day problems of touring. I haven't tried it in a studio situation but I don't think you can have so many outputs as the Mackie.

"The question is: IS that mackie capable of giving me pro-studio quality? And what other add-ons beside good pre-amps and good mics would you recommend?"

I have no doubt about it not being a 'pro' desk. The other things that make a HUGE difference is the room in which you record the drums. The drums/cymbals themselves and the way they're tuned/damped plus a really good drummer who knows how to 'play' a good sound out of the kit. Also a REALLY big thing is knowledge and experience about engineering. The recordings I made in my studio 10 years ago are nowhere as good as they are now - and the only thing that has really changed is my experience.

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Old 03-16-2007, 05:34 PM
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Thank you for answering my question.

I'm really getting into that Mackie (the 24:8 version). The only thing is, that the meterbridge costs A LOT!!! Man, almost a fourth of the mixer. Do you know if the meterbridge is an additional advantage or ... is it just "nice & cool"?

I will get some new preamps, maybe 1 avalon preamp, i'm not sure.

Can you list your favorite mic setup? And, do you also have Neumann mics?

Another question, which interface do you use to connect those 16 drumkit mics of yours to your pc/mac?

I supose you use 2 firewire interfaces yes? (like an appogee interface, (8 line inputs)) You, just connect two of them to your computer yes?

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Old 03-16-2007, 06:33 PM
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Hey Gavin-

I thought I would give some non-technical questions, kind of simple minded questions. I've been sitting here in my media room listening and watching the Deadwing CD DTS surround sound. I was watching some of the extra video clips and I heard you mention something like; You didn't know why people got nervous before a show, musicians perception before a show is that something will go wrong, but it ends up being a good show...you get nervous, right? With so many drum parts, tempos and time signature changes running through your head. Do you get to enjoy the moment?

BTW....I love Mother and Child Divided-great instrumental!


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Old 03-16-2007, 09:25 PM
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Hi Sam,
I've never used the meter-bridge. If you follow Mackie's instructions about setting sensible gain structure - using the solo button and looking at the level coming up the main meter - everything should be fine.

Regarding the mic list - I just answered your question about that a few days ago where I listed the 16 channels. See page 23.

Yes I use two Apogee Rosetta 800's to go in and out of the computer.


Hi crookedrook,
I'm not nervous when I go on stage - I was talking about other people who get really wound up before going on - and the anticipation of a disaster is the thing that's driving them nuts.

"With so many drum parts, tempos and time signature changes running through your head. Do you get to enjoy the moment? "

Usually the first few shows I've got a lot to think about so I probably don't enjoy it as much as I do a week later when most of the parts are becoming second nature.

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Old 03-18-2007, 05:03 AM
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Gavin-

Quick question about recording/mic'g your bass drum: Do you prefer your front bass drum head to have a hole or without? I get so many different opions and suggestions about how it sounds from sound engineers that I am not sure. I know the sound would be better traveling through the hole, but I'm not sure. HELP!

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Old 03-18-2007, 02:16 PM
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Hi crookedrook,
I always have a hole in the front head (in the 4 o'clock position - about 5") - and the tip of the Audix D6 is about an inch inside the hole. The Shure SM91 is inside on a cushion.

There's an Italian drum manufacturer who makes a hole in the shell of the bass drum - so you can angle a mic in there - that way you could keep the front head uncut. I don't know how this would sound - but it's an interesting idea.

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Old 03-18-2007, 03:17 PM
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There's an Italian drum manufacturer who makes a hole in the shell of the bass drum - so you can angle a mic in there - that way you could keep the front head uncut. I don't know how this would sound - but it's an interesting idea.

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The Finnish custom drum builder Kumu has made such side holes for quite a few years. The sound is just amazing. You can have the low end and resonance of an intact head while micing from the inside. The hole itself has little effect on the drum's sound.
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Old 03-18-2007, 08:02 PM
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There's also the May Internal Miking system, also used by Dave Weckl.


The only thing is that it's expensive, and that itís not easy to adjust when you have no hole in the fronthead.

I made one myself, just a small piece of metal which holds my BETA52 and is screwed the same as in the picture. Iíve put the female XLR-plug in the hole for the tomholders, which I donít use because I have a rack. But you could also go through the vent hole.

Although I could use a closed fronthead, I still use one with a hole also at 4 oíclock.

It's not that it's sounds better than before,(maybe if I start to use a closed fronthead) but it's mainly because now I donít need a stand for the mic, and itís always in the place I like.

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Old 03-19-2007, 01:54 AM
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Hi Wavelength,
Thanks for the link - I've been looking at the KUMU website - very interesting looking drums. How do they sound? Do you play them?

Hi Drizzle,
yes I'm familiar with the May Mic system. In a live setting I usually use just the Shure SM91 so I don't need a mic stand either. I use a heavy pillow in my bass drum and I find that at every soundcheck I need to get my hand inside the bass drum and re-adjust the position of it - as the drums get packed in cases that get turned upside down etc, so the pillow moves. If I had a front head with no hole that would be a problem.
Talking of internal mounting systems - have you seen this?

http://www.kellyshu.com/

Looks very interesting.
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Old 03-19-2007, 08:46 AM
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Interesting conversation,
In my travels and tinkering with different bass drum miking systems, I have found that there is no CORRECT or an "All Encompassing Procedure" for miking a bass drum. It all depends on the sound you're going for.
The mounted mics provide ease of setup and convenience, but they do have some drawbacks. Vibration from the shell, transferred to the bracket, and then to the mic, causes unwanted overtones, transients etc... The other problem has been already stated. "If you have no hole in your front head, how do you get to the mic to adjust it if needed?" The site Gavin has provided for us...
http://www.kellyshu.com/
...has an interesting innovation to cut down on direct vibrations from shell to mic. On the other hand, if thats what your going for and it sound good in your monitors, than by all means, GO FOR IT!
I have also found that having a hole in your front head has a fascinating side effect. From a purely scientific standpoint, when you push air through a tube or a hole you get a more focused column of air against the mic. (more commonly found in woodwind or brass instruments recordings). If you have no front head, the air is dispersed in a less direct way towards the mic capturing more of the drum sound and batter head, than the air rushing into the microphone diaphram. One way is not more correct than the other. Experiment with all kinds of ideas for capturing your bass drum sound. If someone tells you that you should do it "this" way and no way else. Kindly thank them and run the other way :-)

Gavin, hope all is well.

P.S. I would have bought tickets to the May 19th show in NYC, but i am graduating from Albany State that weekend. The next time PT rolls around here, i will definatly be there.

Take care and God bless.

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Old 03-19-2007, 09:19 PM
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Thanks Gavin....much appreciated!



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I always have a hole in the front head (in the 4 o'clock position - about 5") - and the tip of the Audix D6 is about an inch inside the hole. The Shure SM91 is inside on a cushion.

There's an Italian drum manufacturer who makes a hole in the shell of the bass drum - so you can angle a mic in there - that way you could keep the front head uncut. I don't know how this would sound - but it's an interesting idea.

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Old 03-20-2007, 12:34 AM
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The pillow can easily be solved. Just put some velcro in your bassdrum and some on the pillow.

DW does the same, and I've moved my kick around, upside down, everything, AND everything is always in place.

Those kick drum mounts are nice. I'm more of a stand-fan.
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No I hadn't seen the Kelly Shu system before, but it looks good.
Sometimes the most simple things can be so effective.

I was wondering, you said you use a heavy pillow. How heavy is it ,and is it a real pillow or is it something you just call a pillow, 'cause most pillows I know aren't really heavy.

I also use a 'pillow', it's more of a big blanket folded up, it's made of the same fabric they make flags from. It touches both heads.
I use Evans Emad heads on both sides, you know with dampring on it. I have a 20Ē bassdrum so it needs a little help in the lows.
Before this I would use a rolled up towel like Simon Phillips used to have, taped to the head but that didn't help enough for me.

John ĎJRí Robinson uses a bag filled with sand (talking about heavy), maybe Iíll try that sometime.

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Hey Gavin,

I've been checking out some of the pictures of your live setup and I noticed a mixing/recording desk to the left of your hi-hat. (Here's a picture: )
What are you running through this desk?

Also, I must compliment both your playing and your drum sound and all the recordings I have of you. The drums just sing and you play with such a great pocket that it's impossible to stay still and listen at the same time. Thanks for the music/inspiration!

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Old 03-20-2007, 12:57 AM
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Hi Sam,
I've encountered problems with the bass drum mic on a stand. If I'm on a wooden stage or a hollow riser, my left foot stomping on the hi hat can cause a quite loud bang through the bass drum mic because of the shock. These kind of elastic suspension mic holders such as the "KellyShu" would eliminate that.

Hi Drizzle,
my pillow is about as heavy as I could find a real pillow to be. Duck or Goose feathers (I can't remember which). I have tried foam ones but they really don't do the job for me.

Hi BenOBrienSmith,
thanks for the comments, that desk is an old Yamaha AW2816 which I don't use any more.
It was basically for backing loops along with a click so that we could sync it to the computer that's projecting the films.

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Old 03-20-2007, 10:52 PM
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Hello Gavin,

I've been a fan of your drumming from the first time I heard you with Sam Brown,
thank you for many years of great music.

I had the lucky chance to meet you when you played in Stollwerck in KŲln
on the 12.04.05 with PT, I don't now if you remember, you were waiting to get
your dinner before the gig and I came over with my family to get yours and Steven's
autograph.

At that gig you seemed to be having some trouble with your sticks, it was fascinating to
watch you rummaging through your stick bag wile playing, you play better with one hand
than I could with five.
Do you remember what was wrong? you kept getting sticks out looking at them then
throwing them away till you found one that was ok.

Looking forward to Rhythmic Horizons, your first DVD is one of the best drumming ones I have,
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Thanks for the link - I've been looking at the KUMU website - very interesting looking drums. How do they sound? Do you play them?
They sound heavenly, Gavin! :) I've tried quite a few Kumu kits, and they've yet to fail me. Especially the bass drums are incredible; I once got a chance to try out a 14" x 14" 'kick' drum, and it sounded HUGE for its size. The Kumus' overall sound is warm and deep but at the same time they are very sensitive and articulate. Their tuning range is naturally very wide, and the thin shells make them very light and easy to carry around.

I have a 14" x 5,5" snare with wood hoops (picture), and I just ordered a 20" x 17" kick, a 14" x 12" floor tom and a 10" x 8" tom tom (with wood hoops) to complete the kit. I'm expecting them to arrive by the end of May. Can't wait to get my hands on 'em!

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Old 03-21-2007, 05:37 PM
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Hi DrumSound,
thanks for the kind words. The Sam Brown days were a long time ago - but I remember having a great time working with her. I really love that song "Your Love Is All" on that record.

Hi Wavelength,
great looking snare. Have you tried mic'ing up the bass drum through that side hole? How does it sound?

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Have you tried mic'ing up the bass drum through that side hole? How does it sound?
The sound is naturally equalised -- there's a good amount of clear, defined attack and warm, round bottom end. It's almost as if you were using a microphone on both the resonant and the batter side. It's very easy to get a good sound from the drum with a completely flat EQ.
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Gavin,

I love your playing and your sound.

Do you record all of your drum parts in your own studio?
Or do some of the clients have you come into a larger facility?

I'm looking forward to the new PT cd and I've already got my ticket for the Baltimore MD show.

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Gavin,

First of all I would just like to thank you for the inspiration you've given me to explore my own drumming in areas I never would've thought possible. Keep up the fantastic work you do on your own and with Porcupine Tree. Much Appreciated! My own band mates and I will be seeing PT in Chicago on May 17th. We're really looking forward to it.

Question: I've noticed in your live playing with PT that on occasion you will lightly tap on the snare with your fingers. Is this for effect or for internal subdividing on your part? It's barely audible in the mix but it does add a nice element to the music.

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Old 03-21-2007, 10:12 PM
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Hi bjoneill74,
yes I recorded all the drums for Porcupine Tree's "Deadwing" and "Fear Of A Blank Planet" here in my studio. I'm recording my new project here this week with 05Ric called "SoulKatcher"

Some artists I work for have me go into a big studio in London sometimes - and I occasionally do sessions in Italy.

Hi JeffV71,
I do sometimes tap my fingers on the snare in between playing the cross stick. I've been doing it for as long as I can remember. It's a subtle effect.

thanks to both of you for the kind comments

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That's awesome. Are you simply given scratch tracks to play to? or do you all get together for more of a live feel?
And it's all with the Mackie pres into the Rosetta into Logic?
Do you do any processing or leave it to mixing/post production?
I saw earlier that you had tried an API 3124+ and heard no difference over the Mackie pres.
I am a guitarist and have an API 3124+ and a Great River MP 2NV and noticed an immediate and stunning difference from the Mackie pres sonically.
I guess it's all in what you're doing. I'm not putting the Mackie pres down as I still use them and find them more pleasing on some things than the API and Great River (though it's rare)..
The performance, instrument, room and such are much more a part of the equation than the pres/mics etc.. but they can impart something extra here and there.

Thanks for replying.

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Hi bjoneill74,
yes I recorded all the drums for Porcupine Tree's "Deadwing" and "Fear Of A Blank Planet" here in my studio. I'm recording my new project here this week with 05Ric called "SoulKatcher"

Some artists I work for have me go into a big studio in London sometimes - and I occasionally do sessions in Italy.

Hi JeffV71,
I do sometimes tap my fingers on the snare in between playing the cross stick. I've been doing it for as long as I can remember. It's a subtle effect.

thanks to both of you for the kind comments

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Old 03-22-2007, 09:31 PM
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Gavin, a quick question about your overheads, do you always record with a Spaced Pair,
have you tried XY or Recorder Man. thank you

PS My favorite on the Sam Brown are Stop, Ball And Chain, Sometimes, High As A Kite.
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Old 03-23-2007, 12:22 AM
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Hi bjoneill74,

"Are you simply given scratch tracks to play to? or do you all get together for more of a live feel?"

usually scratch tracks to play to.


And it's all with the Mackie pres into the Rosetta into Logic?
Do you do any processing or leave it to mixing/post production?


Yes Mackie/Rosettas/Logic. There's a tiny bit of eq coming from the Mackie.Other than that it's all post production eq and reverbs.

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Old 03-23-2007, 12:24 AM
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Hi DrumSound,
Yes I record with a spaced pair of overheads. I haven't tried XY - what's "Recorder Man" ?

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Gavin, a quick question about your overheads, do you always record with a Spaced Pair,
have you tried XY or Recorder Man. thank you

PS My favorite on the Sam Brown are Stop, Ball And Chain, Sometimes, High As A Kite.
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Old 03-23-2007, 02:47 AM
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Yes I record with a spaced pair of overheads. I haven't tried XY - what's "Recorder Man" ?
The "recorder man" technique is sometimes also called the "modified Glyn Johns" technique. It usually involves a single overhead directly above the snare, another mic that's more "over the sholder" that's pointing across the floor tom and aimed at the center of the snare the same distance from the snare as the overhead, and then a mic in front of the kick, preferably also the same distance from the snare center.

Pan the OH mic left, the shoulder mic right and keep the FOK mic centered.

This gives you a very "in-phase" sound that collapses to mono very well and can be supplemented with close mics for extra punch.

In my experiences using it in the studio, it works best on smaller kits (4 or 5pc), rather than larger, more spread out sets that have more pieces on the periphery.

Greetings form Seattle (how's that Pearl arm holding up for you??)

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Old 03-23-2007, 10:49 AM
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Thanks don, I couldn't have described it better.

I've been having a look at the Sonor SQ2, if only they were offering the Vintage shells when I was looking for a set 4 years ago, they are some great looking drums.
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Old 03-23-2007, 01:23 PM
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(1st I'm french, so sorry for my poor english)

I would have just a question about your Axis pedal. I've read in many other forums, that Axis pedals were very few powerful, I mean that almost all people I know who use them have to trig their bass drum (in metal bands), to be able to be hear. But I ask the question because I would be interested in buying these pedals, but I clearly don't want to trig my bass drum, juste using the acousting sound that I prefer and which let me use moderation of volume, when I want to play loud or not. What is your opinion about this point ?

Thanks a lot, and see you in the next porcupine tree tour if you'll play in France !
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Old 03-23-2007, 02:33 PM
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Hi bleen,
yes I have tried this with an engineer in a London studio. He used 2 SM57's (which aren't particularly hi-fi) and a bass drum mic (don't remember which one)....and it sounded very impressive indeed. He called it the "3 mic trick" - I didn't know it was also referred to as "Recorder Man". I was playing a 4 piece kit - and you could hear everything clearly. As you mentioned - I'm not sure how great it would be with a larger kit.

Hi HannibAlan,
don't get confused about the Axis pedals - regarding triggering. The reason some heavy metal drummers trigger samples from their bass drum(s) is for clarity when they're playing really fast notes - NOT to just make the overall volume louder. I've done it myself (in post production) and it really helps the articulation of what you are playing cutting through the mix of distorted guitars. The pedals themselves are very good. They have a particular feel to them which allows me to play them louder than other pedals - but as I said that's nothing to do with triggering. A lot of metal drummers like Tama's Iron Cobras and probably trigger with those as well.

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Old 03-24-2007, 12:35 AM
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Since we're on the topic of pedals here, I saw on one of your DVD's that the position of your beaters is different. Your left beater is farther away from the head than the right one. (Yes I'm afraid I've got nothing better to do.........)
Is this on purpose?

Does this mean the tension is different too??
Do you have a 'weaker' foot and do you compromise this with the tension.

And did you adjust the tension over the years as you're strength and control got better?
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Old 03-24-2007, 03:09 AM
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Hi Drizzle,
that might have been my old Pearl pedals. Which video was it? I do have the springs a bit tighter on the right pedal than the left. I don't think my left foot has as much stamina and strength as the right.

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I think I saw it in the clip "Footprints" of Rhythmic Visions.

But now I've seen it again I think I got fooled because of your right foot resting on the pedal so the right beater goes up a little.
And probably you don't have the left pedal connected.

Am I right that the beaters are almost horizontal when not played??

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Old 03-24-2007, 06:34 PM
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Hi Gavin,
this is Alessandro from Italy.
I'm very sorry because of my insistence. I wrote a few weeks ago but I get no answer.
So I ask you again.
I've recently taken two of your drum clinics here in Italy the last February (Boschello music store in Mirano and Irish pub in Treviglio). They were absolutely great!!
You told me you've played two songs named "Designer" (I guess the first in your set-list) and "19 days". I loved both and found two of the most interesting and high-level played songs I've ever heard. But I forgot asking the name of the band!! Please can you give me the references so I can buy the CD's containing those songs?
While I know that the song "OOPS" is from Steps Ahead. Is it right?
What about your CD "Sanity and Gravity". Is unavailable from Most of the seller (Amazon and CDuniverse) Will it be available soon?
Thank you very much, I'm waiting for your answers

Bye
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