I think I've mentioned in a previous Post that "Drums" are my main instrument. Yes, I'm also a Synthesist but "Rhythms" and "timing placements" of all kinds are interwoven throughout my energies.
While I was skimming through one of my nightly "news digest" sites, I saw a the following title:
Uriah Heep is one of my favorite Bands. Sylvia also likes them. They were a huge influence on my musical taste and Lee Kerslake's drumming style still has a huge impact on the goals I've set for my own drumming character.
Maybe I cried because Lee Kerslake is more of my "Drumming Idol" than I realized and now that he's on the other side of the "Veil', I feel as though I've lost that direct connection I had with his energy… or maybe it's my own laziness that keeps telling myself:
…and now that he's crossed-over, maybe, inside, I feel like my "goal" of learning his technique can never be achieved.
Lee Kerslake is one-of-a-kind.
At least his inspirational drumming style has been captured in the many wonderful recordings that he took the Time to create.
Lee Kerslake, thank you for pointing the way.
(I'm still crying as I write thsi)
Here's the link:
Around 2006, Sylvia bought me a “Roland TD-6” Electronic Drumset for my Birthday. It came with all “rubber” Pads. Later, we bought a “Roland PD-85” 2-zone, Drum Pad. So I could have at least one “Mesh” Pad and use it for my Snare Drum. This setup has been very durable and the more than 1,400 sounds in the Drum Module are interesting to explore. Other than “Pitch”, “Stereo Field Placement” (Panning) and one or two other options, this Module doesn’t offer any real drum-sound modifications.
In the last several months, I’ve been thinking about buying a “Yamaha 700-series” Electronic Drumset and merging it into what I current have. While slowly saving-up money for this, I thought Yamaha would have released a newer series. Maybe an “800” series. (Yes, Yamaha does have a “900 series” but it contains technology which is even older than their “700” series… and seems to be even more difficult to use.)
The white Yamaha Pads ARE “rubber” but they have created a unique, firm “foam-type” of rubber which seems to have a bit more rebound when playing them and seem a bit quieter than standard “rubber” Pads.
While waiting for Yamaha to do “something” new in the world of Electronic Drums, a few other companies have released more advanced products…
About 24-months ago, Pearl Drums (hardware) partnered with Steven Slate Drums (software) and released a $2,200 “Mimic Pro” Drum Module, with a 7-inch touch screen.
There’s also a new Electronic Drum company that’s about to release its products for the first time. The company is called: “Gewa Music”. They’re based in Germany. (I think the company name is pronounced: GAY-vuh)
Their Drum Module is called: “G9” and has a 10-inch, touch screen! This Module does not use a “Cable Snake”. Instead, it uses 1/4” (quarter-inch) jacks to connect the Drum Pads.
For the Shells of their Drums, they have partnered with DW (Drum Workshop). So the Drum Shells, Hardware and Electronics should be high-quality.
With that said, I’m one of those Drummers who would rather have shallower Drum Shells, so I can place more of them in my Drumset. This will also make the Drums take up less space when they’re being transported. Plus, Acoustic Drum Shells are easier to scratch, when storing and transporting, than Electronic Drum Pads.
So, as long as the Gewa G9 Module is sold separately, and is not outrageously expensive, this is what I’m currently thinking of doing (which could change, of course):
Here’s the link to the Gewa website:
Here’s the link to the ATV website:
Here’s the link to the “ATV EXS-3” Drumset on the Kraft Music website:
Recently, I saw 2 videos of an excellent Drummer. His name is "Aric Improta". Not only is he an accomplished Drummer but I've never seen anyone use more of an acoustic Drumset to produce sound.
The following web page, contains an article and 2 videos. The first video shows his showmanship. The most outstanding part is when he "back-flips" from one Drumset to another!
The second video shows him using every part of his Drum setup for various sounds.
Just thought I'd pass this along.
Here's the link:
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