April 2, 2013
Its been close to a decade since we last saw a sampling pad from Roland with the SPD-S. The latest version in this sampling pad line, the Roland SPD-SX, is the combination of features from Roland’s own engineers as well as those requested by the public in terms of what they wanted to see on a sampling pad. Sampling pads are nothing new in the world of digital based percussion but with new crops of rock bands and electronic music makers using them in live scenarios, more and more drummers are starting to utilize the expansive technology within pad triggered sampling devices. For drummers looking to expand their pallet, this is a great tool which you can completely customize so you can leave the laptop at home.
So maybe you’re a DJ looking to add more dynamics to your live set, or maybe you’re a drummer who wants to …
March 22, 2013
All the hackers and benders out there have grown up finding ways to make something out of nothing. Instead of buying a working instrument that is capable of producing precise noises, they have made their own imprecise instruments and have created music to the same effect. I remember watching a documentary about a kid who recorded the sounds that an ATM machine made with a digital tape recorder. He then went home to compose a song using his new found instrument. This next example is a bit more complex, although admittedly low tech.
Remember when computers used to suck? Before we had the Pentium 1 (and even when we had the Pentium 1), the desktop computer was a slow and sorry beast. It had little memory, a slow processor, and the damn thing made so much noise. Even the printer had a language of its own that droned the ears …
October 14, 2011
In the last blog we talked about a very brief history and overview of electronic drums and sampling. I also delved a little into what I am familiar with when it comes to using electronic drums and samples in a studio production scenario as well as my own personal experiences. In part two, we will talk about electronic drums and samples in a performance setting, my projection about the future of electronic drums and sampling, and close with my own opinion on electronic drums and sampling in the studio and on the stage.
Some of the biggest acts in the world, even those with recorded drum samples, still have a live drummer performing with them. This makes for a great concert experience and shows the musicianship involved with percussion on certain productions. Many bands use drum pads with additional electronic sounds to compliment their live acoustic setup which you …
October 7, 2011
Beginning in the 1970s and into the 1980s, electronic drum kits became a new innovation in production and performance for some of the biggest bands of the era. Duran Duran, Rush, and of course Rick Allen of Def Leppard with his hybrid acoustic and electronic kit, set a new standard in what electronic drum technology could do to musical creativity. Fast forward to the 21st century and electronic drums have never been more popular. Sales of electronic drum kits have risen greatly in recent years with more and more studios using them for production and artists using hybrid electronic and acoustic drum kits. Software like Toontracks, Ableton, and Battery 3 provide an endless array of drum sounds to pick from to be controlled via a MIDI keyboard or with an electronic drum kit.
I have spent the better part of my life playing acoustic drum kits and have recently been …