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Gear / Equipment / Instruments / ACD Unlimited Drive Shaft
« Last post by beyondbetrayal on December 09, 2018, 08:30 AM »
I had some slipping issues with my previous shaft so while I was waiting on parts I ordered one of these from ACD Unlimited.  They are built like tanks and feel really good.  Smooth action due to the bearings with zero backlash or lag.   Dennis was quick to reply to emails and get things in the mail. 

Here is a little review I made using them (I apologize for the dark footage in advance haha)

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Gear / Equipment / Instruments / Re: Show us your drum/perc set-up
« Last post by Bart Elliott on November 12, 2018, 09:35 AM »
Very nice, James ... thanks for sharing! Love the Leedy kit.
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Gear / Equipment / Instruments / Re: Show us your drum/perc set-up
« Last post by James Walker on October 16, 2018, 12:40 AM »
I took part in a fun concert this past weekend, commemorating the 25th year of the community music school where I teach drums and piano.  One kit was for a piano trio, and the old Leedy kit was for an arrangement of Louis Armstrong's "West End Blues." 

Alas, that's not my rug. ;)





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General Board / Audix I5 vs Shure SM57 comparison video
« Last post by beyondbetrayal on October 15, 2018, 04:13 PM »
Here is a little video I made of the 2 different mics on my snare. I have some solo tracks, and some with the full drum tracks. I show with no EQ/Compression and also with a full mix.

They are similar but there are some subtle difference that stand out to me. I used the same takes, and muted one mic and then used the take with the other mic so there are no differences in the playing, heads, tuning etc.

I just tuned up the MCX and those toms are sounding good  ;)

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Gear / Equipment / Instruments / a video explaining the difference of sticks
« Last post by beyondbetrayal on September 07, 2018, 05:57 PM »
I made this for new drummers or people who haven't experimented with sticks.

I own almost every shape and size of stick available and there is a lot of  people who don't ever change. It makes a huge difference in your playing.

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Here is a video I made of the progress on a 1980's Pearl Export kit.

It was beat up, the wraps were damaged and it was in a near garbage state.  (smelt bad, was covered in all kinds of gross stuff, damaged wraps, etc.)

 It is now a nice looking kit and it cost me very little to do this. I saved the Pearl badges to put on next.

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General Board / Re: Sound Proof Wall Partition
« Last post by riswanasif on August 02, 2018, 12:40 PM »
You can use acoustic partitions to partition rooms. It is a flexible space dividing partition wall. Which is made of aluminum frame with excellent durability and rigidity. These sliding folding partition products shape space by providing flexible sight and sound dividing, enable to control your space.
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General Board / Re: 10 minute death metal song
« Last post by beyondbetrayal on July 25, 2018, 11:36 AM »
Thanks for the comment.

This song itself is a few years old now.I finished tracking it about 6 months ago with the rest of the CD.

My playing has changed drastically in the last 2 years with regards to my timing, transitions and especially fills.. I stopped doing straight 16th or 32nd notes as they are  kindof tasteless and boring.  I have been working on my rudiments like crazy which in turn has made my fills way better. As as practicing on a 4 piece kit most of the time. It really takes out that safety tom and makes you be much more creative.

When I play slow, my drumming is MUCH better haha. something about 220-240 BPM is that the tempo is going so fast it's hard to be creative and I default to crappy straight forward safety fills.

I appreciate the honest criticism.   Also, Anyone can play this stuff. Technically it isn't super hard. you just need to be prepared to push yourself, and put in LOTS of time on the pad and kit working on straight forward endurance stuff.    To be 100% honest I am happy our next album is slowing down. I am more into groove and having some texture and dynamics in my playing than blazing all the time now. It's fun in small doses, but this song is a beast. haha
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Technique(s) / Re: Blastbeats from 180 - 260 BPM
« Last post by beyondbetrayal on July 21, 2018, 06:14 PM »
The settings make a huge difference. I actualy use a pretty tight batter head for rebound and you pretty much need long board direct drive pedals, as well as triggers to make this work.

The Axis AL-2's are my favorite and the pearl demon drives worked pretty good. I haven't tested any others.
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Technique(s) / Left hand exercises, rudiments and warmups
« Last post by beyondbetrayal on July 21, 2018, 06:13 PM »
Here is a new video I made on warmups and rudiments focusing on the left hand to build it up to the right. If you do these for a month or 2 your left hand will notice a huge difference.


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