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Gear / Equipment / Instruments / Re: To Port or Not To Port
« Last post by Chip Donaho on April 15, 2014, 04:46 PM »
I usually put a 4" hole off center. I've experimented and it's usually 4" to 6'' from the edge.  :-\
Gear / Equipment / Instruments / Re: To Port or Not To Port
« Last post by Matthew Warwick on April 15, 2014, 03:16 PM »
Bart hit the nail on the head with the idea that there's no "right" way. Just like with tuning, setup, head choices, etc., porting is mostly subjective.

I personally like a small hole (for a 22" bass drum, no bigger than 5"), and I like it offset. While a larger hole will dry up the drum quite a bit, putting the hole in the center can have a similar effect, since the air escapes in direct line with the beater. And although there are different micing techniques, I've heard that due to the pattern of sound in the drum, most prefer not to mic the drum directly in line with the beater.

All I can say is, experiment until you find what fits best for you, and don't be afraid to test out things you normally wouldn't. You might find those things work best for you!  :)
Health & Fitness / Possible returning problems with cysts. Any ideas?
« Last post by Matthew Warwick on April 15, 2014, 03:05 PM »
Lately (particularly these past four months), I've been figuring out a lot of my bad drumming habits which have tripped me up these past three years, and I've been practicing more to weed them out, with a more than decent degree of success so far. The only problem I've noticed is that in my left wrist, I've started to feel some pain reminiscent of what I had years ago in high school. I used to have cysts that would swell up in my wrists when I practiced. For years they never showed up, but I've still noticed during the past month that the cyst in my left wrist is beginning to bug me again at times. Are there ways to prevent this from happening? I REALLY don't want to have to wear a wrist brace, which would be impractical anyway since my job would require me to take it off during work hours. Also, I find it funny that it's not happening in my primary hand. That wrist moves WAY more since it's the primary time keeping limb, so you'd think it'd happen more there than my left hand. Weird. Anyway, any suggestions for minimizing the effects of cysts?
Gear / Equipment / Instruments / Re: To Port or Not To Port
« Last post by Bart Elliott on April 14, 2014, 02:53 PM »
The port in the Kick/Bass drum is really for getting the mic inside the drum, to capture that particular sound. However, one does NOT have to port the drum in order to mic it. Numerous professional drummers do not port their Kick/Bass drum ... and even mic it from the front resonant head (not inside).

There's no "right" way with respect to porting or not porting. It all comes down to the sound that YOU want and like.

Another item worth mentioning is that porting the drum will make it less resonant. The bigger the port hole, the more air escapes; less surface area on the resonant head for the air to push against. For the fullest sound, don't port the Kick/Bass drum.

I would encourage you to search the forum here at Drummer Cafe for past threads and discussions on this topic. You'll be able to glean the opinion and insight from others as well.
Gear / Equipment / Instruments / To Port or Not To Port
« Last post by Jay Northrop on April 13, 2014, 09:43 PM »
I was just wondering what everyone's thoughts are about not porting the front bass drum head. For my live kits I leave a port hole for the ease of miking the kit at shows. For the practice kit in the band room I have the Kelly Shu internal mic mount in my bass. My issue is my guitar player ( who also does the sound ) seems to insist that I " need " a port hole and not having one is incorrect. What do you all think?
Contests / Giveaways / Re: Drummer Cafe Giveaways & Survey
« Last post by Bart Elliott on April 10, 2014, 08:50 AM »
Congratulations to Greg Palaski (South River, NJ).

Greg's prize package, valued at $75, included:
Classifieds / FS TD-30K new in boxes
« Last post by Gerald Harbour on April 08, 2014, 11:24 PM »
Hey all my E Drumming buddy's my name is geegee. I have up for sale a Roland TD-30k drum kit brand new in the box. theres 2 boxes one for the stand and one for the drums, cymbals and brain im asking 4,475.00 im upgrading to the td-30kv and need to sell this one. NO SCAMS here. please be serious. you pay i ship. Paypal or Venmo only. if interested inbox me. 
**Goodness! - long time since I posted here.  :)

Hoping Chris Whitten will chime in here.   8)

Due to a recent connection, I now own Superior Drummer and the Music City expansion pack. I've owned EZ Drummer and a couple of upgrade packs (Nashville and Twisted) for some time now and have used that solution a small amount so I have a basic understanding and experience of using Toontrack products.
However I've been triggering with my Roland SPD-S or a keyboard so I haven't been able to take advantage of the more organic ways of cutting tracks using Toontrack and a DAW.

The original demo that hooked me to buy EZ Drummer was Nir Z playing a Roland V-Drum kit trigger. Not sure which model.

Small | Large

The question I have is what is the most reasonable, usable, cost effective e-drum solution that will work seamlessly with SD 2.X.
FWIW, I just can't see getting a TD-20 or TD-30 because of the price tag, making it a long time for a ROI on the purchase. I also would not be using the sounds at all. This is mainly a recording solution.

So the question is: What can I get away with that would take advantage of all of SD 2.X's features that won't kill me?
Again, I won't be using any of the Roland brain sounds (audio) in this solution. Just triggering the VI drums.

I've poked around and lurked here and there on other forums and what seems to come up as necessary for getting the most out of the software is position sensing technology, pad and brain, and the way the hi hat controller responds and is mapped.

So this includes the choice of TD brain (Yamaha?) and what controllers are used, especially the hi hat. Also wanting to make sure to watch out for any latency issues.

The following assumes buying used in the L.A. area or on eBay.
My plan would be to buy the lowest priced brain solution that made sense then getting the right Pad/Cymbal/Hi hat triggers to match up with that to trigger Superior Drummer.

So I'm all ears especially from Chris since he's been intimately involved with the Toontrack products. That doesn't mean I don't want to hear from anyone else. If you have experience in this area and did NOT have to go the TD-20/30 route, I'd love to hear.

Thanks folks!

I made notes to myself all the time for different bands. But in the end, I always wanted to do what the musician intended. That requires communication and knowing how to play simple and not clutter the music. The hardest thing for many drummers is knowing where not to play. Thanks Chris, I like the way you think.  8)
Wow, this is great stuff, from a pro who has SO much to offer. Thanks for posting this!
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