YouTuber/Musician, Teatro, put together this awesome tutorial on how he uses his MPK Mini II in Ableton Live. I have one of these myself and really found his videos inspiring and helpful. The MPK Mini MkII is a really nice little controller that is very affordable, and if you map controls intelligently, it’s quite capable for live performance.
Above is the tutorial, then below is the actual performance of he’s talking about in the tutorial. Great stuff!
If you want to pick up an MPK Mini Mkii for yourself you can get one with the link below from Amazon.
I absolutely love Tortoise, and TNT is nothing short of a masterpiece of an LP. Pitchfork just posted this live video of them performing the entire album in full at the Art Institute of Chicago and it is glorious.
Sound quality is absolutely excellent, and video production quality is equally as great. I saw them way back in the 1990s, and it makes me very happy to see them performing this material today. This was a great way to start my morning.
TNT has also recently been reissued on vinly (I already got a copy) but you can pick one up with the link below 🙂
Many years ago (1990s) I remember a company making some aluminium hardware similar to this, I think it was Gibraltor, I never had some, but I always remembered thinking it was an awesome idea. Then they seemed to disappear and I never saw them again, well until now!
Yamaha has released this incredible hardware pack called Crosstown that is insanely lightweight, but insanely sturdy. Not only that, the design gives them a pretty interesting look.
Why is this idea so good? Well as any drummer knows, stands are HEAVY! If you’re playing gigs, and travelling around, the last thing you want to do is lug a 100lb hardware case up 4 flights of stairs for a gig in NYC. I actually use lightweight flat based stands by Ludwig, and yes they’re light, but not nearly as heavy duty as these, and actually not even as light since they’re still made of metal alloy. The total weight of the Yamaha Crosstown Hardware Pack is only 17lbs in the case!
Okay hear me out here before you get tiggered, but I really think this trend of the past couple of years of “low volume” cymbals is really stupid. Yes yes, I get that some people (including me) live in small apartments with neighbors all around who really will not like you banging on full volume drums, but if the option is playing something that looks like a drumset, but sounds like awful garbage, like the example above, I’d rather just play guitar.
I started playing drums when I was 10 years old, and as a kid (and as an adult), the power, loudness, resonance, and tones of the drums, all are part of why I loved playing them so much. If I had something that sounded like cardboard boxes and baking pans, I never would have wanted to play them. So what can you do?
Well, what I do is rent a small room about 10 blocks away from my house in an industrial neighborhood for my drums, but I realize this option isn’t realistic for everyone, so option 2 is build your own electronic drum set. Even though I kinda hate electronic drums too, but at least they’re better than what you hear above. I built my own electronic kit back in 2009, and it wasn’t that difficult, here’s some pics:
I’ve also made a playlist of youtubers who made some pretty awesome ones:
Or… you can just buy one (which is probably what I’d do now, haha.
E-kits have gotten a lot cheaper and better in recent years. But honestly, I would rather play any of the above than Low Volume cymbals with silent heads. At this point you’re just hitting drum shaped objects that sound like nothing. At least with electronic drums you can record them and have endless options of sounds. Plus they’re STILL QUIETER than LV cymbals and drums.
Anyway, I know this was a bit of a rant, but just had to get it out there ;P
I just released a new live performance video the other day of me playing drums along with a song I made in Milkytracker. This is not the first video like this I’ve made, in fact I now have 11 or so videos of my playing along to chip trackers with live drums.
In addition to that, I’ve done several other types of performances on YouTube over the years, and have been adding them to this playlist above over time. I thought I would post it here again since it has recently been updated.
Private drum, guitar, or software lessons on Skype or Discord: Skype: justin.robert87 Discord: demonicsweaters#6261