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General Board / Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
« Last post by Brandon Goodwin on February 12, 2015, 02:23 PM »
Brandon is a killer player; check him out.

   Thanks Tim :-). You're also a great drummer. And a much bowler than I am!
Music, Musicians & Musicianship / Best Seat in the House by Jerry Shirley
« Last post by Bart Elliott on February 04, 2015, 08:05 PM »
In 2011, Humble Pie drummer, Jerry Shirley, released his personal memoir ā€” Best Seat in the House: Drumming in the '70s with Marriott, Frampton, and Humble Pie ā€” told from the drum throne and backstage hallways during the emerging days of the Seventies classic rock era.

Here is a hard rock memoir essentially an authorized bio on the endearing British rock band Humble Pie as told from the drum throne and backstage hallways during the emerging days of the Seventies classic rock era. In 1969, Jerry Shirley was chosen to drum in a new band led by Steve Marriott and Peter Frampton. He had just turned 17. Along with bassist Greg Ridley, and manager Dee Anthony, the Pie started a 6-year journey that stormed the US and defined Arena Rock bigger sound, bigger contracts, and bigger parties. Along the way Jerry meets with future legends that make for a star-studded bio and rare glimpse into the rock music industry. Written in his own voice and with a wicked musician sense of humor, Jerry details the vibrant scene that created the explosive sound of heavy rock. He explains how sessions were conducted by iconic engineers like Glyn Johns and Eddie Kramer, describes his session work with Syd Barrett and George Harrison and tells amusing tales like drum shopping with the Who's Keith Moon. What was it like to perform a sold-out show at Shea Stadium, play for 250,000 in Hyde Park, charter a private jet for tour, record the trend-setting live record at the Fillmore East (that spawned the FM radio staple "I Don't Need No Doctor"), get hyped for the stage by Dee Anthony, and deal with the drugs and excesses of this inhibitive era of rock? This book definitely answers those question as well as "What was it like to meet, play, record, tour, party, and fight with cult hero Steve Marriott?" No other book can cover it like this.
General Board / Sabian buys Crescent Cymbals
« Last post by Bart Elliott on February 02, 2015, 02:25 AM »
You may remember that back in January 2014, Drummer Cafe broke the news that Sabian and Crescent Cymbals were forging an alliance. After much frustration with cymbal makers in Turkey, Crescent (aka Cymbal Masters) chose to have their cymbals made in North America, and joined forces with Sabian to meet their demand.


Now, one year later, during the 2015 NAMM Show, it was announced that SABIAN, LTD is actually BUYING Crescent Cymbals. As of right now, Sabian plans to keep the brand alive as a premium series.
Music, Musicians & Musicianship / Re: Let's See or Hear You Play!
« Last post by EJLuna on February 01, 2015, 10:54 AM »
Hey all, my name is EJ Luna and i am a drummer from Atlantic City NJ. I primarily do youtube drum videos by putting drums on movie, games, and soundtrack theme songs that have little to no drums on it. All professional recordings. I have been playing drums for 13+ years. Take a moment to review my work. Thanks in advance! http://youtu.be/UUAT8zSmMhM?list=PLwn73uCp_HtIZ_02HbS3PP7GNPu0aeFoH
Hey guys,

I'm a drummer from Sydney and I've been having a lot of fun smashing out covers of my favourite tracks out in secluded and nature-inspired locations like ocean cliffs and bushy clearings. If you're interested, check out the latest cover I just released of a Being As An Ocean track. I seriously appreciate any feedback or comments. Cheers guys!

Actually, I remember reading a book in my youth that consisted of interviews of various members of the orchestra, from the 1970sā€”I want to say it was the Boston Symphony in particular, though I could be wrong. Anyway. The percussionist interviewed shared how sometimes he didn't use "the wooden sticks", such as the beginning of Bolero, where he began with English pennies and progressed to his wife's knitting needles before going to sticks.  Not sure if this is still done.
General Board / Cymbatics: Science vs. Music
« Last post by Bart Elliott on January 28, 2015, 08:38 AM »

John Stanford, also known as Nigel Stanford, is one of the well-known Ambient and New Age composers from New Zealand. His debut album on White Cloud Records, called Deep Space, is characterized by total fusion of Trance and Ambient music.
Gear / Equipment / Instruments / Re: Yamaha PCY155 and Roland TD-8
« Last post by Nathan Cartier on January 27, 2015, 04:47 PM »
I dug into this issue a bit more:

Don't use a Yamaha 3 zone ride trigger with a Roland module.  Yamaha uses a proprietary technology that allows them to transmit all 3 zones of the ride through a single TRS cable to their modules.  Roland does not.

A Roland module will have 2 possible configurations for the ride trigger input.  The higher end modules have separate inputs for the Ride trigger (Bow/Bell and Edge) requiring 2 separate cables running out from the module to the trigger.  On the TD-8 it has a single input for the Ride, and the trigger itself (a CY-12 R/C now discontinued) has two outputs.  One of the outputs is labeled [Edge/Bow] for crash use, and the other is labeled [Bow/Bell] for ride use. 
I would recommend using a Roland CY-13 instead of the Yamaha.  The CY-13 has the dual output Edge/Bow or Bow/Bell output which the TD-8 module was designed to understand.

This is probably way more information that you wanted, but if it helps you avoid a purchase that will leave you unsatisfied - more information is good, right?
Gear / Equipment / Instruments / Re: Yamaha PCY155 and Roland TD-8
« Last post by Nathan Cartier on January 25, 2015, 10:34 AM »
The TD-8 is an older module which Roland stopped producing in 2005.  It does not have an input for a 3-way trigger, it's all dual-zone.  It was superseded by the TD-12 which was superseded by the current TD-30.  The TD-12 has a 3-way input for a ride. 

If you plug a 3 zone trigger into a dual zone input it's only going to receive a signal for two of the zones and the third will simply not trigger a sample in the brain. 
Music, Musicians & Musicianship / Peter Erskine Now Endorsing Tama Drums
« Last post by Bart Elliott on January 22, 2015, 06:05 PM »
Tama recently announced the addition of jazz legend Peter Erskine to their artist roster. Peter's primary kit will be a beautiful STAR Bubinga kit in their new Sunny Yellow Lacquer finish.

I have to admit that I was surprised with this announcement. Peter, who is a member of this forum, had a long history with Yamaha, switched to DW Drums a few years ago, and has now moved to Tama.

My guess, besides Peter just loving the drums, is that since he has a personal Japanese connection (TAMA is in Japan) along with his product creation ideas (like that of Yamaha and DW), it makes since that Tama would snatch him up. To my knowledge, Tama hasn't really had someone like Peter on the roster, so be on the lookout for some new signature gear and creative products in the very near future.  ;D
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