Gavin Harrison here!

Mikusmate

Junior Member
Hi Gavin,
I just want to ask if you're planning to come to Hungary with PT next year? I know that you were here last year, but I just discovered the band recently (yeah, I know... my fault, but better late than never).

Máté
 

Gavin Harrison

DRUMMERWORLD PRO DRUMMER
Hi euphoric_anomaly

Quick question on Beyond the A. The very first bar of that song you do a roll on the snare, followed by a roll on the bass drum. Are there the same number of notes in the snare roll as there are in the bass drum roll?

Yes there are four notes in both. Snare roll is played RRLL bass drum roll is RLRL

Hi henri

- Try to be more focused while playing. (Listening to me and my play)
- Stay super tuned-up of other members (especially with bassist)
Gavin, what do you thing about all of this?


Yes I agree - and record yourself all the time. It's a long slow process to improve.

Hi pixelbreaker

Have you or Porcupine Tree ever thought about releasing a "Making Of" video or DVD. I've seen the short one from "Deadwing" and the really short one from "The Incident". Those things have always interested me because I really like to see how everything unfolds inside the studio.

To have a camera crew there the whole time would be too intrusive and hold up the creative process I think - so I've never really wanted to do that.

Hi Mikusmate

I just want to ask if you're planning to come to Hungary with PT next year? I know that you were here last year, but I just discovered the band recently (yeah, I know... my fault, but better late than never).

I don't think we'll be doing anything next year...sorry.

Hi scottishhaggis

do you ever play heel down? Do you ever need to? Do you ever feel like?

no I never do.

Here's a recent interview
http://listenin.org/interviews/archive/artists/Porcupine+Tree/default.aspx

Cheers
Gavin
 

DTrocks

Member
Hi Gavin!

Do you have any tips on tuning 12" toms? It always seems to be the hardest drum to tune, I never get mine to sound real good. It's really frustrating!

Thanks in advance!
 

mel corcino

Junior Member
Hi Gavin,

I've seen some of your videos and performances. Very inspiring and creative. Also, I went to Porcupine Tree webpage. Excellent band...

I would like to ask you few questions:

1. Any coming up tours and/or clinics close to Connecticut, USA?

2. Any idea of a less expensive snare drum that would emulate the sound of Ludwig Black Beauty snare? - I thought that since you have your own studio and experience with various different snares, might have an idea.

3. I liked the sound of your drum set. Sounds to me very modern, talkative, full and with lots of body. I imagine that your tracking room is part of that sound. Could you share your tracking room dimensions and any special sound treatment in the room?

4. Could you share your likes and dislikes in a drum tracking room?

Thanks in Advance for your time,
-Mel Corcino
 

Stefan 1927 CCFC

Junior Member
Hey Gavin,
first of all thank you very much for your great insperational work, I discovered PT a few years ago and it blew my mind away. It's exactly that type of music that I was looking for and couldn't find... Only seen you play live once in Neu-Isenburg last year, that was one of my top 3 concerts ever...

Got a few questions:

I cut down an few cymbals to make chimes out of them, so far it only worked with a HiHat Bottom cymbal, couldnt get the others to sound the way I want them.
How do you know which cymbal could make up a good chime?
How do you cut them?
I used a metal scissor, very tiring job to do it, I can tell you... Have u found a better method or does somebody else do it for you?

China: do you ever stack your china cymbals?

A friend mentioned that you play Constantinople cymbals too, but I haven't seen any in your setups... true or just a rumor?

I find your drums very well tuned, do you do them yourself or does your drumtech do it for you? And do you have a special technique to tune them?

Sorry if any of those questions were asked before, I simply over-read them then...

Keep up the great work, really looking forward to see you in Karlsruhe...
Thank you very much &
kind regards
 

tobiashula

Junior Member
Hi Gavin,

While watching your Interview on Drumdepartment.de I realized that there is a dynamic mic next to your bassdrum that is mounted in the direction of the crowd. Is this another trick do get a better bassdrum sound?

cheers,
Tobias
 

Fox622003

Gold Member
Hey Gavin,
first of all thank you very much for your great insperational work, I discovered PT a few years ago and it blew my mind away. It's exactly that type of music that I was looking for and couldn't find... Only seen you play live once in Neu-Isenburg last year, that was one of my top 3 concerts ever...

Got a few questions:

I cut down an few cymbals to make chimes out of them, so far it only worked with a HiHat Bottom cymbal, couldnt get the others to sound the way I want them.
How do you know which cymbal could make up a good chime?
How do you cut them?
I used a metal scissor, very tiring job to do it, I can tell you... Have u found a better method or does somebody else do it for you?

China: do you ever stack your china cymbals?

A friend mentioned that you play Constantinople cymbals too, but I haven't seen any in your setups... true or just a rumor?

I find your drums very well tuned, do you do them yourself or does your drumtech do it for you? And do you have a special technique to tune them?

Sorry if any of those questions were asked before, I simply over-read them then...

Keep up the great work, really looking forward to see you in Karlsruhe...
Thank you very much &
kind regards
Those questions were asked MANY times before.

www.askgavinharrison.com

That's a very easy way to find answers to them.


Fox.
 

Gus

Member
Hi Gavin!

Do you have any tips on tuning 12" toms? It always seems to be the hardest drum to tune, I never get mine to sound real good. It's really frustrating!

Thanks in advance!
Hi DTrocks

Yeah! the same for me, always found the 12" tom the most difficult to tune, and on the other hand, found a 13" very easy to tune. Sure it doesn´t have logical at all, but is how i feel it... So i need to invest more on tuning. Another option is changing to odd toms :))

Greetings
 

Stefan 1927 CCFC

Junior Member
FAO Fox:
thanks very much for the link, hadnt seen that page before...

FAO Gavin:
ignore my post, hope to find the answers on Fox's link...
keep up ur great work...
 

steste50

Junior Member
Hi Gavin,

talking about tricks for the bass drums sound: i recently bought a nice video by the great Alan Parsons where he explains many different things about the "art and science of sound", interviewing many great well known guys of the music biz. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the drummer who was interviewed was... Simon Phillips. One of the things that caught my attention was what's in the attached pic: he put a paint can in the bass drum. Its mass is supposed to enhance the low end and the high end caught by the mic. I just wanted a feedback from you too, before going to the paint shop :))


Cheers and thx
 

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Fox622003

Gold Member
Hey Gavin, what's up with the big and fast "Even Less" tom drum fill in the middle, it's 16th note triplets, right?


Thanks, Fox.
 

Drummin_Dan

Member
I'm hearing the EQ from the analog desk - and an old Yamaha reverb unit just for monitoring. It's hard to hear the effects from Logic because there's always a latency delay whilst you're actually playing - so therefore I never monitor the drums through the computer. Of course on playback I can use the plugins inside Logic.

cheers
Gavin
I have Logic studio so I know exactly what you mean about latency. I actually use the input monitoring from MainStage if I'm messing with effects. You can still record into Logic with Mainstage open and simply mirror those effects with the Logic effects board after. I just find the creative process goes much faster when I can actually mess with effects live rather than input them after.
 

talgtitten

Junior Member
Good day. I have a question for you and would apprieciate if you'd answer it. You're a great source of inspiration!!


In Sound of Muzak, it sounds to me like you're phrasing the verse beat in 4+3, whilst the guitar is phrasing in 3+4 . Were you conscious of this when you came up with the groove? If yes, why did you choose to phrase differently from the guitar/vocals?
 
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euphoric_anomaly

Senior Member
Gavin,

I was pouring over 'Sentimental' the other day and remembered that you had stated that Steven was doing an "8th note illusion" with the keyboards. With that in mind, would the 8th note illusion mean that you have to accent the AND in between beats? (ex: one AND two AND three ....). I try to count a steady 4/4 and it doesn't line up with anything.

It could be your groove for the verses that are throwing me off, it sounds to me like your starting a lot of the bars on the hi-hat, rather than a typical bass or snare shot.

Also, I find it difficult to "hear" the drum beat because of the filter effect on the drumtrack. Do you ever get annoyed with having to record your drums through a filter that (in my opinion) ruins the sound?

Thanks
 

Gavin Harrison

DRUMMERWORLD PRO DRUMMER
Hi DTrocks

Do you have any tips on tuning 12" toms? It always seems to be the hardest drum to tune, I never get mine to sound real good. It's really frustrating!

There's normally one drum that is the most awkward to tune. Mine is a 14" floor tom. So I gave up and got a 15" instead. I don't have a problem tuning the 12" and I don't really apply any different tuning techniques to it.

Hi mel corcino

1. Any coming up tours and/or clinics close to Connecticut, USA?

not at the moment.

2. Any idea of a less expensive snare drum that would emulate the sound of Ludwig Black Beauty snare? - I thought that since you have your own studio and experience with various different snares, might have an idea.


I believe there's a World Max drum that has similar characteristics. Don't know about the price though.

3. I liked the sound of your drum set. Sounds to me very modern, talkative, full and with lots of body. I imagine that your tracking room is part of that sound. Could you share your tracking room dimensions and any special sound treatment in the room?

I don't think there's much of my tracking room in that sound. It's a pretty dead sounding room and most of the sound is coming from the close mics.

Hi tobiashula

While watching your Interview on Drumdepartment.de I realized that there is a dynamic mic next to your bassdrum that is mounted in the direction of the crowd. Is this another trick do get a better bassdrum sound?

No that was just an experiment with an SM58 so I could hear some ambience - back in the days when I was using the "Ultimate Ears UE10's". I've since switched to Sensaphonics 3D ambient IEMs.

Hi steste50

One of the things that caught my attention was what's in the attached pic: he put a paint can in the bass drum. Its mass is supposed to enhance the low end and the high end caught by the mic. I just wanted a feedback from you too, before going to the paint shop

I've never tried it - I'll have to ask Simon about that next time I see him. Pretty easy experiment to try at home though.

Hi Fox622003

what's up with the big and fast "Even Less" tom drum fill in the middle, it's 16th note triplets, right?

No - it's just fast singles - no subdivisions intended.

Hi talgtitten

In Sound of Muzak, it sounds to me like you're phrasing the verse beat in 4+3, whilst the guitar is phrasing in 3+4 . Were you conscious of this when you came up with the groove? If yes, why did you choose to phrase differently from the guitar/vocals?

I think of it as two patterns of 7/8. Really the bass drum to snare drum patterns are 7/16s - and on top of that the hi hat is playing quarter notes so it feels like 7/4.

Hi euphoric_anomaly

I was pouring over 'Sentimental' the other day and remembered that you had stated that Steven was doing an "8th note illusion" with the keyboards. With that in mind, would the 8th note illusion mean that you have to accent the AND in between beats? (ex: one AND two AND three ....). I try to count a steady 4/4 and it doesn't line up with anything.

No it's a dotted 8th note illusion.

It could be your groove for the verses that are throwing me off, it sounds to me like your starting a lot of the bars on the hi-hat, rather than a typical bass or snare shot.
Also, I find it difficult to "hear" the drum beat because of the filter effect on the drumtrack. Do you ever get annoyed with having to record your drums through a filter that (in my opinion) ruins the sound?


I can't remember if the pattern has a bass drum at the start of it. Anyway it was meant to be a messed up (low fi) sounding loop - so we just picked a few bars that we liked and looped it. It wasn't recorded with a filter - that was added later.

Cheers
Gavin
 

Mattp7394

Junior Member
Hi Gavin,

I see that you have coated heads on your toms, i play heavy rock style at home, but also tour with a jazz band, so i need a set of tom heads that meet both requirements. Do you reckon coated heads are the way to go?

cheers

matt
 

Gavin Harrison

DRUMMERWORLD PRO DRUMMER
Absolutely - I much prefer the tone of coated heads anyway. The coated Remo Emperors are just the right thing if you have a hard hitting gig.

cheers
Gavin
 

szokematyi

Member
Hi Gavin!

First, thank you for the picture. I've already put it up behind my drum, and I'm also using it as a wallpaper on my laptop. :)

Second: In your Visions Dvd, there is a section about subdivisions. You demonstrated it with a work-out applied for the hands. If I remember correctly, you stated: This is the fundamental building block of everything that you'll ever play. I'm thinking about applying that concept for the feet as well for better timing and pedal control. Would you recommend it?
 
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Deathtoll

Junior Member
Greetings Gavin!

Of all the songs you've performed on, what song really sticks out to you the most? Could you explain why too?

Cheers!
 
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