They’re not the same as my wonderful set of Premier drums I had in my Minneapolis studio, but in many respects these are better for all concerned.
I suppose the first thing to say is how happy I am to have drums back in my studio again after all of these years. I have really missed playing drums and this set will really expedite recording of ensembles with drums.
I have gotten some really great acoustic drum recordings in this space and some not so great. I think it had a lot to do with the way the kits were tuned, the size of the drums, and how the drummer played. The biggest problem has been separation, and it is worsened by drums with a lot of ring to them or loud players. At least I haven’t had to fight a room problem like I had in MPLS. My apartment studio provided hard floors, walls, and high, hard ceilings for the drum kit which was a lot of fun to try to control. Those drums would have been killer in this room. But I digress.
The pads I have are Alesis DM5 pads and the set came with a set of 3 Surge cymbals, including a dual-zone ride. The snare is also dual-zone. I have added a 2nd crash cymbal which is dual-zone with a choke as the second zone. Future enhancements will be a 3rd crash (splash) which can of course be programmed to play any sound in the synthesizers. I am also considering a bank of 4 small pads that can be used to trigger anything from cowbells to roto-toms.
The drum synthesizers we have available are the DM5 as mentioned and a Yamaha RM-50. The DM5s are handy for handling the triggering with 12 trigger I/O channels. It’s also a very easy head to program. The Yamaha RM-50 is a brilliant drum synthesizer and I looked for an affordable one on eBay for some time before I finally snatched one up based on its reputation. It has 64 preset and 64 user drum kits, does pitched voice instruments (like chimes and vibraphones) and has 1000 voices to choose from. Needless to say I am enjoying playing this synth!
The two drum synthesizers have integrated without much trouble. I had a bit of a puzzle sorting out what note was actually playing in the Yamaha from triggers 9-12. Hint: for some reason the Yamaha transposes the note number down an octave.
Acquisition of this kit will save our drum-playing customers time and money. We can record both an audio sound of the kit you like plus a MIDI sound of what you’re playing. With the MIDI recorded, we have all kinds of flexibility to edit your part, change to soft or hard drum kits, even change tempos or quantize the part after the fact if you 64th notes were off a tad that day. And the best part is that you don’t have to bring in anything but your sticks! You can sit down, find the kit that you like to hear, adjust the drums and cymbals, and you are off and running! No running 8 mics over to the drums and waiting for the tech guy (me) to set them up.
These drums are available for your use at no extra charge, just like the rest of the electronic gear here at Euphonic. This is just another of dozens of value-added service we can provide.