Red Hot Chili Peppers Drummer Chad Smith Holds Masterclass At ACM London
On Wednesday, December 7, the Academy Of Contemporary Music (ACM) was pleased to welcome long-standing patron of their Guildford campus Chad Smith through the doors of ACM London for the very first time.
Using a rare day off from the Red Hot Chili Peppers U.K. tour, Chad came down to ACM London for a masterclass held exclusively for ACM students and two competition winners.
“This is my first time at ACM London, although I have a room named after me at ACM Guildford — the Chad Smith Room,” Chad said.
A Huge Fan Of London
“London, to me, is such an important musical city, and when I was growing up as a kid, the bands that I loved and the drummers that I loved the most were from England and a lot of them were from London; drummers like Keith Moon, Charlie Watts, Mitch Mitchell — so important to drumming history and for what they bring to music and how they influenced me. So it’s a real honor to be in the city and to come to a school where kids are learning to play music and drums. Just to be able to come and give back a little bit — I’m just really excited and happy to be here.”
Rhythm Magazine Collaboration
Held in partnership with Rhythm magazine, the masterclass was hosted by ACM‘s head of creative industry development Ace (also the guitarist in Skunk Anansie). The class included an intimate performance in the Academy’s live performance room, before they headed upstairs to the lecture room for a question-and-answer session.
Said Rhythm editor Chris Burke: “As one of the U.K.‘s biggest music colleges, with great facilities, top tutors and great courses for drummers, ACM is a perfect partner for Rhythm magazine. Like ACM, we pride ourselves on our comprehensive educational content with video drum lessons from the U.K.‘s finest tutors given away every month on the ‘Rhythm Lessons’ CD.” Read more at Blabbermouth.
As We All Know No-One Can Hide From It As Drum Apps Is Evereywhere, On Your Smartphone Or Tablet
We’ve Picked The Coolest Drum Apps That’ll Help You Create New Beats, AND at The Same Time Iprove Yor Dumming Skills
Impaktor – The Drum Synthesizer By BeepStreet
Impaktor is a drum synthesizer with a vast sonic palette, that turns any surface into a playable percussion instrument.
You just slap your desk like you would a real drum. The real acoustical impulses from the built-in microphone are used as an excitation source for advanced sound modules that simulates behavior of membranes, cymbals, metallophones or strings. This makes Impaktor a highly responsive and expressive instrument.
With semi-modular architecture and several types of synthesis, Impaktor can produce a wide range of tones, from acoustic, like Tabla, Djembe, Marimba, Cymbals, Metal bars to electronic or industrial sounds.
Enjoy the most realistic virtual drumming experience available for mobile devices! Works with: iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5S, 5C, iPod Touch 4th gen and all iPads
Like most other Drum Apps it requires headphones. Works best with headphones without built-in microphone.
Drum Guru (FREE)
Drum Guru is an app for Apple’s iPad and iPhone and Google Android that features lesson “packs” taught by pro drummers demonstrating great grooves, fills, and sharing other insights and techniques.
Drum Guru is the only app of its kind that features real, pro drummers teaching you one-on-one their signature grooves, licks and fills!
Each lesson pack features a “Lesson Mode” and “Practice Mode”.
In Lesson Mode, you will see a video demonstrating the lesson. You can hit the 1/2 speed button to actually slow down the video in both normal size and also in full screen.
In Practice Mode, you will find the lesson written out and can hear it played. You can also pause, loop, and adjust the tempo so you can better learn the lesson.
The harder you hit the drums, the louder they sound. Swirl your finger around for slower or faster rolls. The drum sound varies slightly from hit to hit, just like real drums.
iPhone/iPad/Retina display universal.
Hundreds of 44.1khz hifi drums.
Realistic blending of drum strikes.
Bend the pitch of your toms and tablas.
Multitrack recording and online sharing.
You can even share your performances online on the web, tweet.
Jam out with your iPod library tracks.
Try our “Dueling Drumsets” so two people can rock out with their own set on one device.
So much more! Editing appearance, position, and size of drums! Volume variance! So much more.
Price: Free or $1.99 for Advanced version (without ads / ability to edit drumset)
Drum Beats+ Rhythm Metronome
Drum Beats+ is the metronome app that improves your timing using great sounding drum beats, not a boring click!
But that’s not all. It can also help you write songs, jam with friends, or even perform live. It’s a learning, jamming and performing tool that keeps getting better, just like you.
Tempo is the bestselling and most accurate metronome of all drum apps in the App Store. Featured as “New and Noteworthy” and “Staff Favorite” by Apple on the main iTunes landing page. Same price as upgrading a free alternative. If you’re going to demo free apps, why not give Tempo Lite a try?
Track Practices By time or number of bars. Stay on top of your drills by tracking the number of bars played or time passed. Combine with setlists for organized workouts!
Can’t make up your mind? Why not try out our free Lite version first. The Lite version features alternate app icons and interface colors. (On iPhone/iPod touch, both versions feature light and dark themes.)
Price: Free or $2.99 for Advanced version for iPad and iPhone.
At the heart of new flagship Roland TD-50KV V-Drums kit, you’ll find the tantalising box of black magic that is
The TD-50. You’ve probably heard that it’s our most powerful drum module ever.
But maybe you’re still wondering whats mew features Roland TD-50 can actually be advantegous in todays drumming enviroments? In this post and video, we introduce seven trailblazing featurs. The major benefits of the new drum brain presente. And ultimeately, reveal how they’ll make you a better drummer.
The Simplicity Of Loading New WAV Files
Roland TD-50 is the first module that lets you bring custom sounds into your setup. First off, record your sample – whether that’s an antique acoustic snare, a musical sequence, or maybe a vocal phrase, and save it to an SD card.
Next, load the card into the Roöamd TD-50’s dedicated port and watch as your sample magically appears on the module’s screen. Finally, decide which pad you’ll hit to trigger your sample, whether you want to layer it with one of onboard sounds, or even play it on a loop. It’s literally that simple.
Easier Setup Using Balanced XLR & TRS Outputs
Life of touring would be sweet if you could just roll into the venue, assemble your kit and connect directly to the PA. Good news: the Roland TD-50 is the first sound module to offer a stereo XLR master output and eight TRS direct outs.
Meaning, you’ll set up faster, with the balanced connection meaning nothing has to come between the module and PA.
But you’ll have greater control over your live sound, too, by assigning specific pads to individual outputs and fine-tuning the output balance with the Roland TD-50’s dashboard controls.
If you’ve chosen the Roland TD-50KV, you’re probably a pretty tasty player, and the most obvious benefit of the TD-50’s processing power is how it responds to your touch.
For experienced drummers, the new Prismatic Sound Modeling within the Roland TD-50 captures every nuance of your style, encouraging you to play with confidence and expression. Complementing the triggering systems of the new PD-140DS snare and CY-18DR ride pads.
In case of gigging schedule, you’ll experiment with over 400 onboard drum and percussion sounds, equipping you for anything from a jazz trio to a thrash-metal outfit. All highly editable, with unprecedented presence and expression baked in.
Signature Sound Enhanced With V-Edit
Drummers, are all individuals, and for a sound that breaks the mould, you’ll want to investigate the deep customisation of the V-Edit system. Most players start with the basics, selecting a variety of shells, heads and cymbals.
But don’t be afraid to get forensic, tailoring everything from the size and thickness of your crash, to the setup of the virtual overhead mics, to the dynamics of your snare crack using the built-in transient editor.
If you want your toms to be fat and mellow, but the rest of the kit to sound hard and lean… No problem: just use the dedicated compressor and equalizer for each pad. You can even add final polish via the three separate multi-fx systems spanning 30 effect types.
Multi-track Recording To DAW Using A USB cable
The USB port is your gateway to faster tracking just connect the Roland TD-50 module to your computer with a single USB cable and you’re ready to record up to ten separate channels of audio to your favourite DAW.
It’s the smart way to get pro drum tracks laid down fast, without turning your studio into a spaghetti junction.
Bring All Song Ideas With Audio Record Function
When you stumble across the greatest beat since the dawn of drumming. Obviously, you want to record this flash of godlike genius before you forget it, but you’re nowhere near your computer.
With the Roland TD-50 module, thanks to the audio record function. Just hit record and start playing to instantly capture your performance and keep it safely stored in the TD-50’s memory.
When back in the studio, export it to your computer, edit it using your DAW and then fire it over to your bandmates. Job done.
Digital Triggering Supports Roland’s Advanced New Digital Pads
The revelation of TD-50 is that it features all-new digital trigger inputs, too, allowing high-speed communication with Roland’s next-generation PD-140DS digital snare and CY-18DR digital ride.
It’s just one more way in which the Roland TD-50 helps you sound better. And ultimately, that’s what this module is all about.
Despite All These Great Features Of TD-50, its not a Secret That We (and the rest of the “E-Drums Drumsw” world) is more focused on the Pearl Mimic Pro which wil take it all a step forward…..
Former Pantera Drummer Vinnie Paul Says Music Recorded For What Would Have Been Damageplan‘s 2nd Album Will Eventually See The Light Of Day
Vinnie Paul says he will eventually release music that was planned for Damageplan‘s second album.
Paul formed Damageplan with his brother Dimebag Darrell after Pantera‘s split in 2003 and released their debut album New Found Power a year later.
Dimebag was shot dead onstage at a Damageplan gig in Ohio in December 2004.
Release Of A Second Damageplan Album
Vinnie Paul has said in the past that he would eventually release the second album. And in a new interview for Trunk Nation (via Blabbermouth), he says:
The first record was pretty diverse. We wanted to do something that didn’t sound exactly like Pantera, and with the second record, it was really focused. I’ve got the demos and some day they’ll come out.
Paul adds that he will always try to keep his brother’s legacy alive, saying::
It’s sad to say, but you just get larger than life when you’re gone. It’s just really weird. I really appreciate it.
The fans have kept his legacy and everything he’s done intact and alive, and it’s just constantly growing. His legend’s huge.
Former Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo revealed last week that he has up to five new albums in the works and put his work ethic down to having quit drinking. Stating:
I haven’t had a drink since February – I’m not missing that much.
Extremely Precise Consistent Drumming!
No Serious Metal Drummer Could Ever Forseen Or Forgotten Vinnie Paul!
I mean His PRECISE, HAMMERING Drumming Style. Vinnie‘s One Of Few Drummers That You Could Have Put In A Box (Perhaps Alongside Tommy Lee) And Used Instead Of a Metronome While Practicing… It’s that Destinctive!
Check Video Below In Case, God Forbid, You Have Forgotten About Vinnie Paul‘s Style / Type Of Playing:
After burying his brother Darrel (R.I.P.), Paul formed Big Vin Records in February 2006 and released Rebel Meets Rebel and a DVD, Dimevision Volume 1.
Paul (along with Cristina Scabbia, co-lead vocalist of Lacuna Coil) writes a monthly question-and-answer column in Revolver.
Vinnie Paul maintains endorsement deals with ddrum, Sabian cymbals, and Vic Firth drumsticks. He previously endorsed Tama, Pearl drums, and Remo drumheads and hardware.
Paul also played drums for Dethklok at a show in Philadelphia with Metalocalypse creator Brendon Small. Around this time in his career, he was a one time spokesperson for Arby’s fast food restaurant.
In June 2006, after the death of his brother and an 18-month hiatus, Paul was not sure if he would return to music, but eventually joined in with the heavy metal supergroup Hellyeah, which also features vocalist Chad Gray and guitarist Greg Tribbett from Mudvayne, guitarist Tom Maxwell from Nothingface, and bassist Bob Zilla from Damageplan, who was called on to replace original bassist Jerry Montano.
As of 2016, the group has released 5 albums, latest being Unden!able, released in June 2016.
For Christmas 2016, Paul is planning on releasing a cookbook called “Drumming up an Appetite with Vinnie Paul“… DrumPerium Would Love To See That Coming 😉
Sex, Drums, Rock ‘N’ Roll! New Autobiography By Kenny Aronoff
Kenny Aronoff shares his inspirational, cautionary, and captivating story of reaching the highest levels of the music business in his autobiography Sex, Drums, Rock n Roll!
He may not have the name recognition of some rock stars, but he s immensely respected within the industry as a rock drummer par excellence.
Kenny Aronoff discusses his childhood, formal musical training, and his first big break with John Mellencamp, which eventually led to work with other artists in the musical who’s who. As one might expect, Aronoff has a few crazy, sordid tales to tell about life on the road, but Sex, Drums, Rock n Roll! succeeds because he also shows a thoughtful, reflective side.
Kenny tries to portray personality conflicts fairly and from all sides, and his technique of including brief comments by the people in question is highly effective. Aronoff displays a striking and relentless drive to achieve his goals.
From his early classical studies to competing with other drummers for work, he never gives up, always pushing himself to practice harder and do better. This aspect transcends drumming and becomes an overriding theme in his life.
Barely Nothing Left Out
Of course, there’s a price to one’s personal relationships that goes along with flying around the country at a breakneck pace, and Aronoff is not shy about detailing his difficulties in this respect. He’s blunt and honest about his own shortcomings, and about applying the same effort to improving his family life as he does to his drumming.
The book consciously does not drift too far into drummer-speak; while there are a few descriptions of triple flam-a-diddles, a one-hand press roll, and the like, Sex, Drums, Rock n Roll! is always more about Aronoff s personal journey.
Rock-and-roll fans will enjoy reading about Aronoff s adventures with Mellencamp, John Fogerty, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, and other big names, but in the end, what makes the book work are the same things that propel Aronoff‘s music: a steady beat, impeccable timing, and always hitting hard.
About Kenny Aronoff
Kenny Aronoff is one of the most famous rock n roll drummers alive. In his nearly four decades behind the kit, he has played with the greatest acts, from John Mellencamp to Bob Dylan. Aronoff has taught and performed all over the world on the best stages.
He has held many posts, from house drummer for the Kennedy Center Honors to kit man for Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr on the Beatles CBS TV special The Night That Changed America. Aronoff remains one of the most active and in-demand live and session drummers in the music business. He lives in Los Angeles.
Evans has launched UV1 Drumheads, a brand-new series of drumheads featuring a newly patented UV-cured coating. The range features Evans’ Level 360 technology and debuts with a brand new logo.
The UV1 Drumheads is the end result of years of research, experimentation, and product development. Its coating provides unmatched durability and consistency of texture.
Designed for durability and versatility, the UV1 Drumheads also features a new 10mil film known for its warmer tonal characteristics while being more resistant to stretching and denting.
Combined with Evans’ Level 360 technology, and debuting a new logo, the UV1 Drumheads promises to be the most versatile and durable 10mil drumhead for the widest range of sonic possibilities and musical applications.
“The UV1 Snare Head gives you a focused, full sound in the centre of the head with a musical balance of usable harmonic overtones (aka ring) at the edge that you don’t have to “tune out” or mute down with tape or gels. It’s the perfect sound right out of the box! Excellent tuning range and feel, great for both studio and live, and they look fantastic too”
Said acclaimed drummer Omar Hakim.
The added benefit of increased surface texture makes the UV1 extremely responsive to brush playing while the UV-cured coating provides unmatched durability.
Patented UV-cured coating provides unmatched durability and consistency.
Made from a single ply of unique 10mil film.
A single ply offers an open and expressive sound.
Extremely versatile for a wide variety of musical applications.
Level 360 Technology collar design ensures proper contact between drum head and drum shell.
Evans: “Drum Solos Haven’t Been Cool Since 1969″*
*THAT SEEMS DEBATABLE (AND DrumPerium certainly beg to differ). But one thing isn’t (according to Evans): the 10mil single-ply UV1 Drumheads. 89% of the drummers Evans asked said it gave them the exact same sound they wanted.
The also said it was more versatile and durable than their old heads (thanks to its patented UV-cured coating).