Category Archives: Reviews

Is the Gibraltar 5608 Throne Worth $60?

I was looking for an inexpensive drum throne to use on my Alesis Nitro Mesh Drum Kit and found this great inexpensive throne from Gibraltar! They’re only about $60 on Amazon, and compared to other drum thrones in that price range, I think they’re a great deal!

Even though it doesn’t have a threaded post, it still holds it’s position very well and hasn’t slid down at all for me. Having a good drum throne is really essential to playing better and not causing injury when you are playing.

Behringer U-Phoria UMC404HD Linux and Windows Test / Review

Get one here The Behringer UMC404HD is an excellent USB audio interface that is both Linux, Windows and Mac compatible. It has great clean audio inputs and outputs (4/4), hardware midi connections, phantom power, 192k recording capabilities, works in Pro Tools, Mixbus, Audacity, Ableton, Ardour, Jack, Qtractor, Cubase, or just about any other recording software you could imagine. This is a great affordable 4 channel interface and I highly recommend it! #usbinterface #linux #DAW #windows #protools #mixbus #ardour #demonicsweaters

Using an Mbox 1 in 2018

Here’s part two of my Mbox 1 demo. You can get these things for DIRT CHEAP right now on ebay – and download old versions of Pro Tools here and the Nady RSM-5 Ribbon Microphone here

I really love the sound quality of the first Mbox. I got my iBook and Mbox for $60 total in 2018!

Tama Imperialstar Review – A lot of bang for your buck!

I picked up a Tama Imperialstar in 2015 because it was a good price and the drum kit I was using at the time had been on several tours and was starting to fall apart. I first got the “Bop” configuration which had the tiny 18″ kick. It sounded really good actually for it’s size, but I wanted something a little boomier, so I picked a 20″ matching kick. So my configuration isn’t exactly like the packaged one above as far as sizes, but the shell construction, hardware, and wood, and finish are all the same.

One of the first things you’ll notice about the Imperialstar is it’s sharp attack. This works really well in modern music and makes the drums cut though the mix. The kick drum especially has a really good tone that’s musical, and deep sounding. Shell construction is top notch. If you take the heads off the shells and look inside, you can see the bearing edges are cut with utmost precision. The lugs on the shells are low-mass which gives the wood more room to breath and sustain. The toms have a deep and long sustain.

Mounting hardware is flexible and very sturdy. I can’t see ever having a problem with it. At one point I put a suspension mount on mine, but actually thought it sounded better before, so I set it back to original. The bass drum spurs are exactly how they should be, nothing slides and you have a strong anchor to the carpet when you play.

When you get the drums new, I recommend taking the top tom heads and putting them on the bottoms, then getting new top heads. The snare and kick heads are pretty good stock, but you may want to add a remo falam slam on the kick batter to prolong it’s life.

I’ve used this drum set on two albums now and many YouTube videos, I’ve posted one below. If you’re interested in getting one for yourself, click here!

KORG Volca Sample is iOS only to transfer samples? WTF Korg?

I knew the unit didn’t sample on its own, but I didn’t know it was iOS only. That’s pretty stupid. They should have at least given you a way to just connect usb to a windows machine. I still think it’s a cool device, but I have no plans of ever getting an Apple product.

The KORG volca sample is a fun-looking sample “sequencer” – it can play back, modify, and mangle pre-recorded samples in a step sequencer. But it requires a dedicated iOS app to do the actual sampling.

That makes for a mixed bag, straight out of the gate. As KORG says:

“The new volca lets you recapture the excitement of the first generation of samplers, in which any sound — vocals, spoken words, ambient sound, or glitches — becomes material for your creations!”

– right, but then it leaves out one of the best things about those hardware samplers, namely – sampling.

With that disappointment out of the way, the volca sample otherwise is full of some cool ideas. Let’s have a look at what it can do.

The heart of the beast is the sound parameters, which you can then map to individual steps:

Sample select, start point, length, hi cut

Pitch: speed, envelope, attack, decay

Amplitude: level, pan, attack, decay

And you can motion-sequence each of these.

There’s also per-sample reverse and reverb, plus overall reverb mix and swing.

The “Analog Isolator” gives you bass and treble controls. (UK-style, that’s “Analogue Isolator” on the front panel.)

via KORG’s Latest volca sample Sequences Sounds – But You Need an iOS App to Add Your Own Sounds – Create Digital Music.