Subdude

Spent this evening experimenting with a diy subkick and thought it was high time for a Track Of The Week. It’s been a while. Many jams, few tracks. I can totally live with that. Quick and dirty song structure. How to not overthink things. Personnel Me: Drums (with subkick), bass (with subkick), guitars Your browser does not support the audio element. And a version with an attempt to boost the kick drum in post for Dave. »

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Happy Corners

The last weekend of summer is over and the kids are back in school today. What better way to end the summer than with an extra-special final jam? You’ll notice that the drum corner got a lot happier, thanks to Kelly and John at Twin Cities Drum Collective. Now I have to relearn how to play with actual dynamics and use a hi-hat. Good problem to have. Kelly makes beautiful kit (pun intended) and the Dream Cymbals are tickling my fancy. »

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Wenj The Third

Wenj being the Wednesday Night Jam in the basement, third iteration. Tonight was an extra special edition, as we had a new musician join us. Welcome, May! May is a beginning guitar player who normally plays acoustic, but was gutsy enough to play electric guitar and bass, having never touched either previously, on record. Props! Personnel Me: Drums Dana: Guitar, Bass May: Guitar, Bass This might become the House Jam. »

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Double Alpha Beta

I’ve been eyeballing Golden Age ribbon mics for a while and happen to have one on loan, so I thought I’d conduct a quick comparison test against my stock MXL condenser mic. Made an impromptu ditto loop and recorded it four times: Ampeg Gemini with ribbon, then condenser and Benson Vinny with ribbon, then condenser. Enjoy. Gemini and ribbon mic. Your browser does not support the audio element. Gemini and condenser mic. »

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Playing With Myself

Wait, that came out wrong… A long spell of no One Take Wonders was dispelled by a thought experiment. Since I amp the e-drums into my bass amp, could I use the Ditto looper to loop a drum part? And if I did that, could I switch cables and loop a bass part over it? And then cut a live guitar take? The answer to all these questions is yes. »

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