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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Listen to Fantasy by Aldo Nova. Old song but they stick in a few half-time measures.
  4. 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.
  5. This will help but it's not really for beginners: https://www.amazon.com/4-Way-Coordination-Development-Complete-Independence/dp/0769233708
  6. I'll look for them at NAMM in January.
  7. 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.
  8. What is the brand and model of the power distribution unit at the top of the rack?
  9. 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.
  10. Keyboard amps or your typical full-range PA cabinet alone aren't going to be satisfactory if you have good e-drums. Your drums will only sound as good as your PA system. You need something capable of producing good low-end and those items just don't deliver. If you really want to hear/feel them, you'll need to add a subwoofer. You don't have to go crazy with an 18" or 21" subwoofer. There are subs with single or twin 10" drivers or 12" drivers which will produce some good results. Here's a 12" sub: https://www.dbtechnologies.com/en/products/sub-series/sub-612/ This one has twin 8" drivers: https://www.dbtechnologies.com/en/products/sub-series/sub-28d/ If you don't want to bother with subs, try a nice 15" monitor such as the RCF NX 15-SMA (you may need a small mixer depending on your drum module): https://www.rcf.it/en_US/products/product-detail/nx-15-sma/234158 Something else to consider is the DB Technologies ES 1203 (this has a mixer built-in): https://www.dbtechnologies.com/en/products/es/es-1203/
  11. The Drumit Five module by 2Box contains nothing but multi-layered samples of real drums and cymbals. Samples of electronic drums are available if you wish to have them but they, of course, sound like electric drums. There's a Swedish company by the name of Clavia which makes the popular Nord series of synthesizers, keyboards, and stage pianos. Back in the 1980s they started out as a digital drum company called DDrum. First thing out was DDrum, then DDrum 2 (owned it and loved it), DDrum 3 (should have bought it but didn't - big mistake), and finally DDrum 4 (owned it but longed for DDrum 3). At some point they started making keyboards and you sell a heck of a lot more keyboards than you do electronic drums. They couldn't continue to go toe to toe with Roland and Yamaha digital drums so they sold the DDrum name and technology in the late 1990s or early 2000s to Armadillo Enterprises in the USA. Armadillo relaunched the DDrum name as a fairly cheap line of acoustic drums before coming out with more pricey drums. Eventually they reintroduced DDrum electronic drum pads and modules but they are nothing remotely close to the original DDrum stuff produced by DDrum when they were part of Clavia. Anyway, long story short, 2Box gear is designed and manufactured by the original DDrum guys from Clavia. It's top-of-the line stuff and the sounds, in my humble opinion, are far, far, far more pleasing than anything out of any Roland or Yamaha module.
  12. Is there a professional version, or at least a wired version, similar to the Bose SoundWear Companion anywhere out there? https://www.bose.com/en_us/products/...ompanion_black I am very susceptible to ear infections. Ear plugs and IEMs don't work. I sometimes wear headphones but they become uncomfortable after a while. Some of our gigs are tight and I have no room for a floor monitor. I use a "hot spot" type monitor but I kind of like this Bose thing more. It just rests on the neck. I tried it out at my local Best Buy and have to admit it sounds pretty good (better than my hot spot).
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