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Hello Gentleman,

I'm looking to add a Electronic Drum pad to my gear. I've been really looking at the Yamaha DTX Multi 12, but the 64 MB internal memory is moving me toward the Roland line of drum pads. Such as the Roland SPD-SX or SPD30. I like that the Yamaha has a bit more trigger inputs for different scenarios. Doesn't have a lot of storage. Anyone have a lot of experience with this kind of hardware? Also experience with load times of switching setups for different gigs?


What did ya end up going with if I might ask?

I've been using Roland's line of sampling pads since the SPD-S. That pad had major problems. After a few year's use, multiple pads would fire when just hitting one. I remember having to take all the screws out and open it up to clean the sensors.

The sample load time from the flash memory card was also terrible. If I remember right it was like twenty minutes to load a few samples to the pad.

Fortunately, Roland came out with the SPD-SX which has been vastly improved upon. Samples can easily be loaded from a computer via USB and the time is almost instantaneous. I've used mine for a solid four years, touring in clubs across the states.

There is a major power issue with the motherboard that causes the power button to stop functioning, at least on some models. Mine was one of those affected. Somehow, it magically stopped having this issue, and I have no idea why.

Alesis just released a new sampling pad, the Strike Multipad, which is strikingly similar to the SPD-SX. No clue if it's any good, but it must be an improvement on the SamplePad Pro.
General Board / Re: How the music industry is changing
« Last post by Nick Cesarz on January 14, 2019, 09:52 PM »
In your own personal experience (as a music consumer, performer, educator, composer, etc.), how have you seen or not seen the music industry change, for better or worse, over the last five, ten, twenty, etc., years?

If we're talking bands and artists, it seems to me that the album is absolutely dead. With the way Spotify and other streaming outlets work, they actively promote the single. Not to say that labels haven't been solely pushing singles for the last twenty-five years, but it seems now more than ever that the album is six feet under.

I read an interesting piece that does make a case for it, however:

I don't think it's all bad, considering in the past when a band or artist sold an album, they only received payment for that sale one time. With streaming, the artist gets money every time it's played (albeit a small amount). It's nice that there really isn't much upfront cost with uploading a song to Spotify. Physical distribution is expensive, especially for vinyl which has made a gigantic comeback recently.
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)

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.
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. ;)

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  ;)

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.

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.

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.
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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