A magazine exclusively for extreme metal drummers only Issue #1 May 2014
Blast of Chaos
Issue 1 May 2014
Issue #1 May 2014 Learn the ins and outs of prepping your gear for either situation
Is your gear ready for the road? Is your gear ready for the studio? Learn how to prep your kit for either situation
Table of contents 5. The Beat
Praises, gripes, and complaints found here. In this issue, we will talk about those triggers that everyone loves or hates.
Features 6. Gear Check
A brief checklist for making sure your gear is fit for any occassion.
The Beat Triggers
Loved & Hated In a genre where drummers are constantly looking for the perfect sound, many techniques to hone the perfect drum sound in the studio and on stage have evolved. One of which is the use of triggers and sampled audio. A simple explanation for triggers (for those of you out there that have no idea what triggers and sampled audio are) is the use of small electronic pickups on acoustic drums, or the use of electronic drumpads to operate an external audio program that replaces the sound of an acoustic drum kit. Though the use of triggers has helped some drummers to success, the use of triggers has mixed reviews with drummers throughout the genre of metal especailly extreme metal. Some say that using triggers is a form of cheating by a drummer to acheive a proper drum sound. Supposedly, the cheating comes in the form of what the skeptics say is the “no requirement of skill involved in their use”. This argument has become the standing argument between drummers who utilize triggers and drummers that don’t. I myself have witnessed some heated debates over triggers. In the end, those who use them stand behind their choice to use them and continue to
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Here is an excerpt of that portion of the interview: *SDM: Your thoughts on sound replacement software? Wish it never existed? Nick: It’s cool, you still have to play it! If it sucks it’s still gonna suck with sound replacement! You cant polish a turd.
do so both in the studio and on stage. I personally believe that if something works for you, I mean anything, then do what feels right and keep doing what you’re doing. I use triggers and I don’t really give a shit about what anybody else thinks about it. Why? Because it is my choice and it is what works for me. I argue with people about their choice in sample-software, (I use Superior Drummer and EZDrummer. I’m not a fan of BFD2 or Addictive Drums) but never about the use of triggers. Triggers won’t play a blast beat for you, nor will they make a shitty sounding carpet roll sound like Tim Yeung is playing it. There is skill involved in their use and I can say that safely being that I myself use them to record and to perform live. Sick Drummer Magazine recently interviewed Nick Menza (for those of you out there that don’t know who Nick Menza is, he is the former drummer for Megadeth who played on the albums Rust in Peace and Countdown to Extinction) and asked him about using triggers.
*Retrieved from Sickdrummer.com. Isolating the Throne: Nick Menza
Gear Get your gear ready for
the studio or the stage the right way.
Is your gear ready? Follow along and find out.
by Cliff Chadwick
So that I can fit in as much content as possible on the subject matter at hand, I will dive right in. The first thing that needs attention in prepping your drum kit for studio and stage is heads. Fresh heads are a must all around the kit. New heads will produce proper projection for the stage and proper projection as well as balanced, tunable tone for the studio. If your heads need to be changed, do so and spare the engineer and yourself the hassle later.
“Anybody in the music business will agree that time is definitely money”
If your hardware is squeaking or rattling, it needs to be fixed prior to your show or recording session. These unwanted noises can be picked up on in recordings and will cause major delays in the recording process. Anybody in the music business will agree that time is definitely money. Fixing this problem for the stage is mainly for the same reason as fixing the problem for the studio. The only difference is you don’t get as many live takes as you do recording takes to fix your mistakes. Furthermore, squeaks, rattles and malfunctions could ruin the whole vibe of the show. So do yourself and your engineer a favor and grease, tighten, or whatever it is you have to do to your hardware prior to the event.
Tuning is key for the stage but more importantly for the studio. Nothing wastes more time in the studio than having to stop the recording process due to untuned drums needing tuned. Drums are just like the rest of the instruments in the band and needs tuning. Invest in a DrumDial or TuneBot. Better yet, if you can, invest in a drum tech.
Microphones are the heart of every drummers tone (and triggers as well). They make or break a drummer in the studio. Cheap microphones (depending on the make) do not do drum sounds any justice. Regardless of how good your engineer is or how skilled your playing is, cheap microphones will make your recording sound amateur. There are a slew of problems using cheap, or even worse, poorly maintained microphones in the studio. For stage applications, cheap microphones should also be avoided. This is for obvious reasons but for those who don’t know. Reliability and poor craftsmanship are the main issues. Use good microphones.
Cymbals. This rule is simple. No broken cymbals and, if you can avoid it, no cheap cymbals. Cracked or broken cymbals produce terrible raspy rattles as the cymbal decays after being struck. Cheap cymbals simply just sound terrible. It takes a lot of engineering to correct the tones they produce. On stage they may sound okay depending on the make, but avoid using them to record with. Invest in a set a set of good cymbals and maintain them.
Drumsticks. My fellow drummers, get good quality drumsticks. Vic Firth, Vater, Pro-Mark, etc. Do not get those cheap bulk sticks for you will go through them faster than you would quality sticks. So to sum all this up, it is very important to pay attention to all these tips that are discussed here. No matter how simple or complex they may be, paying heed to them will benefit your playing.