‘Low Volume’ cymbals and drums suck, build your own e-drums instead

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

Every Demonic Sweaters live YouTube performance in one playlist

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:
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My Gear 

Cameras:
Canon SL2
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Canon SX40hs
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Drum Set:
Tama Imperialstar 
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Heads:
Aquarian Studio X
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Sticks:
Aquarian X-10 5Bs
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Guitars:
Epiphone Les Paul Studio
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Ibanez GRX20
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Jackson RR Minion
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Midi Controllers:
Midiplus Classic 49
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Akai MPK Mini
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Akai MPD24
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Computer:
Dell Inspiron 5576
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Audio Interface:
Behringer UMC404HD
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Mics:
Kick – CAD KBM412
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Snare – Audio Technica ATM650
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Overheads – Nady RSM-5
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toms – Heimu Big Drum Mic
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Cheap Trick are Amazing and Looked Like No Other Band

Cheap are such an awesome band. They’ve made some timeless rock songs that are some of the best ever made like Surrender, and Dream Police, but another thing about them was their look back in their early days. They were a really mismatched assortment or originality. This really makes their stage presence utterly unique and quite memorable.

As one commentor of this amazing cover of “Ain’t That a Shame” on YouTube put it: “I loved this band not just for their sound but how they looked like no other band. They had the two pretty boys on bass and vocals and Charlie Brown on guitar all grown up and your high school chemistry teacher on drums. LOL” Which pretty much sums it up perfectly!


Dear Developers Of Notation Programs: Drums Are NOT An Afterthought!

 

Over the past month I have been trying various notation programs to help with my lessons online as well as in person, and one thing I have found in common with all of these programs, is they all seem to treat drums as an afterthought, and many don’t even work at all. This has been incredibly frustrating and causing me much headache.

Programs I’ve tried:

  1. Musescore – Works to some extent but note entry is horrible, correcting mistakes is nearly impossible without screwing up every other note you entered.
  2. Crescendo – Interface is actually better than average, however drum score flat out is not possible. It does not display correctly at all.
  3. Musnik – Absolutely terrible UI. Basically unusable.
  4. Finale Notepad – Another god awful UI, hard to use, but basic drum notation is at least possible, though you’ll be ripping your hair out by the time you get something readable.
  5. Rosegarden – Does not even provide a drum/percussion staff.

I will keep investigating this HUGE problem but at the time being there’s really not a single program I can recommend for drummers. I’ve heard Sibelius works, but haven’t tried it personally. The program as a whole has a reputation of having one of the worst UIs of all time.

At the time being Musescore seems to be the only one that actually works, but it’s literally 100x easier to just write the lessons out by hand than wrestle with this clunky and unintuitive interface.

This $30 Kick Drum Mic Is Actually An Amazing Tom Mic!


My story with this particular microphone dates back to 2016. I picked it up on Amazon because I was like, wow look, a kick drum mic for $30! Well so I ordered it back then and it got delivered. Then I forgot about it. I actually forgot about it for 3 years and never even plugged it in, since I was quite happy with my CAD Kick Drum Mic, I really didn’t feel the need to even try it.

Then one day I was recording and the mic I had on my floor tom just suddenly stopped working. It was giving me no signal at all and I wanted to finish what I was doing so I saw the Heimu mic sitting there and was like, hmmmm. So I hooked it up to my floor tom, hit record and was quite blown away at the result! Toms were not the intended purpose for this mic, but it sounded so much better than the SM57 I was using before, I just went ahead and ordered a second one to use on my other tom. It has a nice low mid that lends itself perfectly to toms.

I will be doing a video on this at some point, but just wanted to share my findings here first!