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  1. I searched Google. I searched Yamaha's website. Very little useful information. I joined a Roland V-Drums user group on Facebook and got the answer. If you want to know, a TD-8 kit seems to have the best brush implementation but the TD-30 also had great implementation. The two newest modules, TD-27 and TD-50 have great brush sounds, but I believe they said there are no pre-configured brush kits. You'd have to build your own From around 1988 - 2002, I used DDrum electronics (the original DDrum stuff from Clavia in Sweden, not the junk DDrum stuff from Armadillo in Florida). I now have a 2Box module and 2Box triggers which are made by the guys in Sweden who made the original DDrum stuff. The only thing I ever liked more about Roland was they could produce the swoosh sound of dragging a brush over the drum head. DDrum and 2Box use different technology, so you don't get the sound. The DDrum pads had a real drum head. The pads and module could produce the sound of striking a drum with a brush, but not the dragging sound. If I wanted the dragging sound, I'd make sure I had a coated head on the pad and I would just put a mic on it. My band is going to record a bunch of old jazz standards and ballads which require brush work. I'd rather everything be electronic but looks like I'll put a mic on my snare drum to get the swoosh sound. The Roland kits are ridiculously priced.
  2. Does anyone happen to know which Roland modules have (or had) brush stroke sounds in the sample library? I don't mean the sound of a brush striking a drum, but rather the swoosh sound a brush makes when dragging it across the head. Also, would those brush stroke sounds require Roland pads be used with the Roland module or could brush stroke sounds be triggered with other brands of pads / triggers? Thank you for your help.
  3. I was driving home from work Friday afternoon when "breaking news" came over the radio. I was crushed. Even got some tears in my eyes. Neil remains my all-time favorite drummer from my all-time favorite band. I joined my first band and played my first paying gig back in 1977 when I was just 12 years old, and that's around when I heard Rush for the first time. I was hooked and inspried. First Rush concert I attended was Signals in spring 1983. After that, I saw them in the area of 45- 50 times. I was second row for Time Machine and I'm on the DVD, and I think I'm also on the R40 DVD. Although Geddy and Alex had been saying Neil was not only retired from music but retired from drumming altogether, I remained hopeful they'd do a couple more studio albums with no tour or a very limited tour, or perhaps do a residency somewhere like Vegas or Toronto, but it was not meant to be. Neil was a very private individual, and they did a remarkable job of keeping his illness and death largely a secret until they were ready to share it with the world. God Bless You, Neil, and thank you for sharing your incredible talent with the world.
  4. This is a mighty old post so it probably doesn't matter at this point, but if you have balanced XLR outs on the keyboard and 1/4" TRS channel input jacks on the board, I would use a balanced cable with XLR connected to the keyboards and 1/4" TRS connected to the mixer. This way you're sending a balanced signal to the mixer and you're not running the risk of sending voltage back to your keyboard outputs should someone hit the phantom power button on the mixer.
  5. Listen to Fantasy by Aldo Nova. Old song but they stick in a few half-time measures.
  6. If you go on YouTube and search for "best beginning drum kit" you'll find several decent videos where various kits from different manufacturers are compared (although I suspect many just come from the same factory in China). The Pearl Export Series got great reviews in one of the videos I recently watched. That series has been around for a while and was always something approaching a mid-level kit rather than a starter kit. I was surprised to see it among starter kits. I wouldn't go too crazy on a first kit but I would avoid bottom of the barrel stuff. They're not enjoyable to play, difficult to tune, they tend to easily go out of tune, and you'll get pennies on the dollar if you should try to sell. Same for low-end digital drum kits. Sounds are awful, playing surfaces suck, and you'll never get money back if you decide to sell. Every beginning drummer should learn his/her rudiments on an acoustic kit and how to get around on an acoustic kit before diving into a full e-drum setup.
  7. I'll look for them at NAMM in January.
  8. If your drummer was using very thick felt pads or maybe doubling up on them and torquing down on the wing nut to the point the cymbal wasn't moving freely, then you would notice choking (and if your drummer is a hard-hitter, perhaps cracks in the cymbals). Going from a situation like that to using a thinner felt pad on the top and bottom or a thinner felt pad on the bottom with nothing on top and allowing the cymbal to move freely would result in more sustain / less choking and more shimmer. However, if you're going from an OEM thin felt pad to an after-market name-brand thin felt pad, there will not be any audible difference regardless of who endorses it.
  9. What is the brand and model of the power distribution unit at the top of the rack?
  10. I sold off much of my original RCF gear last year so I could upgrade. My old subs were four RCF ART 705-AS subs. They were just okay, and that's maybe being a little friendly. I don't know how much of an upgrade the 705-ASII version would be. In any event, as I upgraded I spoke with my preferred dealer, a couple other dealers, and even the folks at RCF. They all said the 8004 is their best single-driver sub. I momentarily thought about the monster 21" 8005 and everyone advised to just go with the 18" 8004. As it turns out, all of my band's larger outdoor events this summer came with full PA provided, so I didn't have to take the plunge on the 8004s just yet. Hoping I can put it off until NAMM in case they come out with something new. Their 9004 single 18" cabinet has a bit more power but the RDNET stuff is way out of my league.
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