So what do world famous A-list drummers do with their old gear? Apparently, they give it away! Living Colour’s Will Calhoun, with the help of Modern Drummer, is giving away his “Lazer Canary” yellow Mapex kit. The contest ends November 30.
Although Ahead has been the frontrunner in synthetic ticks for the better part of 2 decades (sorry, Duratech), it seems that Uncle Vic is finally throwing his hat in the synthetic stick game with the new TITAN™ sticks. Can they finally crack the code to real, wood-feeling sticks that will hold up to the promises of alternative materials? At $50 a pair, they’d better be pretty awesome.
August Burns Red’s drummer, Matt Greiner, teamed up with drum builder Kaleb Kilmer to form Greiner Kilmer CO. in 2011. The duo’s designs and engineering combine Greiner’s passion for drums and Kilmer’s drum building skills in creating a unique series of handcrafted drums.
I am of the belief that every drummer should own his/her own set of drum mics. You never know when they’ll come in handy at a gig, and I’ve run into many times where the mics I had were superior (and more numerous) than the house mics. You’ll garner the appreciation and raised eyebrows of many a sound guy with this level of pro-readiness!
Check out the reviews Electronic Musician did of 8 different mic kits ranging in price from $299 to $2500.
Hearing protection is something we drummers need to be mindful of, but we often take it for granted until we start noticing early-onset tinnitus or other hearing damage. As someone who did several years in drumline and many more years in rock bands sans ear plugs, I can testify that it’s never too early (or too wimpy) to take care of our ears.
One of the primary dilemmas we face when looking at hearing protection is how to best have good sound reduction while also hearing a click or a backing track for gigs and practice. Enter the stereo isolation headphone! Now, you can have your dB-cutting cake and eat your stereo sound source too! More