Drumming On I'm Going Back To My Roots , What is that machine gun sound?

Skyking

Senior Member
So as I'm expanding my musical horizons I'm noticing a heavy use of bass drums these days and no ride cymbals. For instance I'm trying to figure out what I'm hearing on "I'm Going Back To My Roots". Please don't tell me that's a double bass drum blasting away like a machine gun on the track. What is that sound? Give a listen at...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4RMh7NLHPY
 

Skyking

Senior Member
I had to look it up to see what a tamborim is. You might be right, but every tamborim I listen to sounds much more like a bongo stretched too tightly. EQ it and that could be it. I was fearful that it was some freaky fast Jimmie Johns driver on crack with a muffled double bass. Being a meat and potatoes drummer, guys like that easily discourage me. So far many of the millennial music tracks I'm listening to are quite good but far from the ride and snare rock I grew up with.
 

SmoothOperator

Gold Member
I had to look it up to see what a tamborim is. You might be right, but every tamborim I listen to sounds much more like a bongo stretched too tightly. EQ it and that could be it. I was fearful that it was some freaky fast Jimmie Johns driver on crack with a muffled double bass. Being a meat and potatoes drummer, guys like that easily discourage me. So far many of the millennial music tracks I'm listening to are quite good but far from the ride and snare rock I grew up with.
There are number of techniques, that give it more of a bark and bite. The multi-hit stick, give it a flam-ee sound. The trigger finger can mute some of the overtones, as well as provide a strike of its own. The strike across the head is akin to a rim shot, and there is sort of a press technique for a choked sound. Also, they can be moved around and flipped for sort of a stereo moving effect. One of things to realize is how dynamic they are, from a tap of the finger to a full cross the head rim shot.

I play mine mounted off the snare next to the cowbell. It works well with brushes in jazz tune or a mixture of bundles and brushes in a bossa or with the triple sticks it came from when I imitate a batucada, or just as an accent in a funk or blues groove.
 

Skyking

Senior Member
I'm surprised nobody thinks this is an electronically triggered double kick, think "Hot for Teacher" by Van Halen. This guy does it acoustically but you get the idea.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DtidPJ7VIs

That's good for me because after buying the dual pedals I gave up on the whole two pedal thing. Like Hollywood, I found it, the sound (or maybe me) far too distracting but if the industry goes there with different sounds it's sink or swim.
 

bermuda

Drummerworld Pro Drummer - Administrator
Staff member
Having covered an Imagine Dragons song (and befriended Daniel Platzman in the process) I can tell you that there's a lot of production and "bit crushing" going on in their tracks. No telling what that sound started as without asking Daniel (although it's a production thing, I doubt he did it.)

Bermuda
 

SmoothOperator

Gold Member
I'm surprised nobody thinks this is an electronically triggered double kick, think "Hot for Teacher" by Van Halen. This guy does it acoustically but you get the idea.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DtidPJ7VIs

That's good for me because after buying the dual pedals I gave up on the whole two pedal thing. Like Hollywood, I found it, the sound (or maybe me) far too distracting but if the industry goes there with different sounds it's sink or swim.
Could be like that machine gun toy the percussionist plays in this gamelan mission impossible theme:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6u-ybdPEho
 
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