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Old 02-26-2017, 11:24 PM
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Default Neil Peart Isolated Drum Tracks

So today I was looking around at some Neil Peart drum tracks on YouTube just to see how Neil's drums sounded on their own and I was genuinely surprised to hear how different they sound compared to what it's like on an actual song. For example, I found the La Villa Strangiato drum track and the snare sounds I'd say a little bit choked to me but still a great sound nonetheless.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Giy32rHqX8M

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQmbozw6_H4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-BEhgwVOvY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-hRHCeliDc


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Old 02-27-2017, 07:21 AM
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Well, I always wondered how those parts would sound isolated....way tighter than I thought they would. The precision in his playing is amazing.
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Old 02-27-2017, 07:22 AM
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Well, I always wondered how those parts would sound isolated....way tighter than I thought they would. The precision in his playing is amazing.
Yea no doubt about that
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Old 02-27-2017, 07:24 AM
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Hey, good finds!!

I have to say, I'm not real surprised at how the drums sound isolated. That may come with experience, though, knowing how a given sound will change in various contexts.

As for the La Villa snare drum, I didn't think it sounded choked at all. I quite liked it. :)
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Old 02-27-2017, 08:05 AM
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As for the La Villa snare drum, I didn't think it sounded choked at all. I quite liked it. :)
Maybe my drumming OCD kicked in or something...
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Maybe my drumming OCD kicked in or something...
It's just a matter of taste and terminology. :)

To my mind, a snare can have fairly short sustain, but still sound full, which is how I hear this drum. Choked has a different meaning to me - the snares are too tight and that doesn't let the drum voice a full tone.
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Old 02-27-2017, 10:07 AM
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Those are pretty cool - Neil Peart's drumming is incredibly tight and precise. I also really like the sound of his kit, apart from some of the higher toms - do they sound a bit strange or is that just me?
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Old 02-28-2017, 12:59 AM
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Neil would use rimshots on the high toms to get that extra crack. That is a big part of his sound.
I remember listening to "Leave That Thing Alone" and you can hear Neil's chimes ringing in places because the riser moves.
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Old 02-28-2017, 01:12 AM
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It's just a matter of taste and terminology. :)

To my mind, a snare can have fairly short sustain, but still sound full, which is how I hear this drum. Choked has a different meaning to me - the snares are too tight and that doesn't let the drum voice a full tone.
Yeah, I just thought the snare wires were too tight but it could just be the way it's mixed or tuned. (Probably mixed because Neil mixes the heck out of his drums)
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Old 02-28-2017, 04:18 AM
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Yeah, I just thought the snare wires were too tight but it could just be the way it's mixed or tuned. (Probably mixed because Neil mixes the heck out of his drums)
Or it was 1977. :)

It is very interesting experience to hear these songs I have heard hundreds of times- in a new context. Neil really works to stay in time. He is rock solid and precise of course. That is how you end up with some of the most epic drum tracks of all time.
I always thought Neil's appeal wasn't really his raw technicality as his expressive choices and artistic construction of a drum part. La Villa is one of the best examples of that.
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During my huge Neil phase as a teenager, it was his precision that always amazed me most. Hearing these clips, he sounds even more precise than I realized. It makes me think that what little looseness I ever detected on the records (and there wasn't much) was more about the other two. The combination of power (you can tell he's really laying into the drums) and articulation is impressive.

My tastes have changed a lot since I was that young Neil fanboy, but my appreciation for what he did has not diminished. Growing up hearing this dude, you had no choice but to be confronted with his playing.
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During my huge Neil phase as a teenager, it was his precision that always amazed me most. Hearing these clips, he sounds even more precise than I realized. It makes me think that what little looseness I ever detected on the records (and there wasn't much) was more about the other two. The combination of power (you can tell he's really laying into the drums) and articulation is impressive.

My tastes have changed a lot since I was that young Neil fanboy, but my appreciation for what he did has not diminished. Growing up hearing this dude, you had no choice but to be confronted with his playing.
I know what you mean. Intrigued by this post, I searched for other isolated tracks. The bass and drum tracks are very interesting. Geddy is looser than I expected. It all worked together, though.
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The bass tracks are very interesting. Geddy is looser than I expected.
Geddy has always been an amazing bassist but there's always like some comment war on YouTube on wether he's using a Rickenbacker bass or a Fender Jazz Bass on certain songs *cough* Limelight *cough* but regardless, you're right about him sounding much looser than what it sounds like.
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That's a hall of fame rock drummer right there. The playing is stellar and yes, precise.

Just great.
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my god.. the hats at the start of La Villa.. and then what follows.. just how.. think i'm gonna go burn my kit..
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my god.. the hats at the start of La Villa.. and then what follows.. just how.. think i'm gonna go burn my kit..
I ordered a pair of 13" New Beats because of those hats! Probably about 1979 or 1980. They sounded fantastic. At some point I let them go, though. I've had two pairs of 13" since then, and neither have sounded as sweet as that first pair. They sounded just like the ones on La Villa.
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Neil has always been a huge influence and inspiration, these tracks solidify my appreciation of his talent.

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