A One-Man-Band's DIY Production Journal.

Archive for October, 2008

Collab in progress

Last night, I held a mini jam session to break the ice on collaborating with my cousins E and Young13, together known as The Backpackers.

They aren’t just my younger cousins… These two cats have stepped in the same path I started in, and they’ve already made names for themselves by taking the musical movement another step further.

They are definitely worth your time:
myspace.com/therealenmusic

myspace.com/johnmthirteen  

rskclothing.blogspot.com

We’ll be working on about three tracks together: “Intro/The Diffusion” “Face The Music”… also a special bonus track that’ll finally appear on myspace after about 2 years on standby… it’ll be more than meets your ears.

check out some snippets from last night’s jam session… (pics courtesy of E.)

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Best of Both Worlds

So was able to scrape up enough ::ahem:: pocket money to pick up a new drum set…

To solve the problem of shitty sounding drums, I had to go the electroinic route… That compromised not just the “live” sound of drums, but also the “human” sound of drums, it really sounded like I just pushed buttons to make the beats… which I did.

So now, I present my latest haul: the Roland TD-3SW V-Drums.

Now I can actually play the drums and record any hour I want without disturbing anybody. Although a part of me regrets not tracking drums the traditional way, using my 6-piece mic kit, mixing and all that fancy shit, this new e-kit should be the most efficient way for me to cut this record.

It’s got a mesh drum head on the snare, which gives it more of a realistic, snappy feel that a snare drum needs (compared to the rubber pads of the tomtoms) and a “choke” feature on the cymbals; so I can hit them, the physically grasp them to silence them instantly. Also the TD-3 sound brain comes with 32 different drum kit sounds to beat off to. Wait, that sounded wrong.

Financed with no interest for 12-months at Guitar Center.