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Online Session Drumming – Now Taking Orders.

I took a few hours to put a site together entirely dedicated to advertising myself as an

Amazing.

I advertised on Facebook for just 1 day last week, and got quite a few inquiries, and have been steadily busy ever since. This will be the first time I’d actually make money from playing drums alone. On top of that, I’m doing what I love, and get to hear from great musicians and good people from all over the world.

My recommendation for drummers out there: Get into recording yourself, and get into it from your home studio or even your bedroom.

Lots of drummers think “I’m not good enough,” or “I don’t have enough money to buy all that expensive recording equipment.”

Believe it or not, the clients you should expect from advertising yourself as an OSD are musicians. We all know that musicians looking to record a demo, or musicians without a drummer from the get-go are most likely on a budget and can’t afford to make it into a professional studio with famous producers and top-of-the-line gear. Just find your sound, and be yourself. You don’t need to be amazing.

So don’t advertise yourself as a Dave Weckl, Mike Portnoy, or Vinnie Colaiuta!

Post up pictures of yourself, your gear, your inspirations, your past work, and some demos of yourself playing so people know what they’re getting into before they even email you. So when they do email you, you’ll know that they’re already satisfied with your sound, and there’s nothing to hide.

All you really need is a reliable a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation), and a few mics, and you’re good to go. Most musicians and drummers (see what i did there?) that I know didn’t go to school for anything audio-related, but instead spend most of their time fiddling around with options and taking the trial-and-error route to get good sounds for themselves. It’s substantially easier these days with resources like google and youtube that even lead you to specific channels for video walkthroughs for recording, and some of them are even better than sitting in front of a professional lecturing you on the subject.

Here’s a few of my favorite YouTube channels for session drumming:

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/sflogicninja
    This guy specializes with recording techniques in Logic. His modest and articulate approach really makes it easy to sit through 10 minute videos with you wanting more.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/timlovesdrums
    Tim Kitchen is an online session drummer I’ve just found out who is kind of doing the same thing I’m doing, and has been for years. He’s got a few videos showing you how to record with minimal gear and on a budget.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/shaftninja
    Travis Orbin has been doing session drumming for years, and has access to a great studio and always has great videos of him playing for clients.

Of course I will be updating YourDailyFill with videos and audio once final tracks roll around.

If you need a drummer yourself, visit my page.

-andy

iPhone Drum Medley

Every time I hear an iPhone ring, or just about any music that doesn’t have drums, I’m always thinking of what I would put under it as a backing track. I guess that’s what happens to your melon after being a drummer for a while.

I put this together a few weeks back by hand, then was delayed in doing an actual take when my camera decided to kick the bucket. Thankfully, after a few emails and $10 shipping later, it’s functioning again.

I had a fierce battle with iMovie with the screenshot overlays, and I ended up just going with the garbliness and inconsistencies of the images in this video, so my apologies for that, but there’s nothing I could do. My Apologies!

I had a lot of fun making this, and if you have any requests, or comments, let me know!

Oh, and I put up my OSD (Online Session Drummer) page to help get the word out there for potential new clients, so take a look at that too when you get a chance!

Thanks!
andy

My MIDI drum tracking rig

 

 
I get a ton of questions from comments and e-mails about my rig and what I’m using to track with all this gear and it’s actually a fairly simple setup. Leave any questions or comments in the comment section below. Thanks!

 


Roland SPD-30 Octapad

Roland SPD-30 Octapad

Roland’s SPD-30 Octapad is the most responsive and accurate MIDI controller for drummers I have ever played, and I’ve played on almost everything out there that’s electronic you can hit with a stick.
I’ve owned a ton of Guitar Hero drum controllers (at least 30), Rock Band and Ion Kits, a Roland TD-10 & TD-20 kit, and a Roland SPD-S.

The most common issue I’ve found with MIDI drum controllers is not being able to pick up those light taps for ghost notes and crescendos, or even just upbeat hits on the Hi Hat. So what do you do when this happens? Turn up the sensitivity 1 notch at a time until it starts picking up those low velocity hits.

The problem with this is when you turn up the sensitivity on one pad, hitting other pads around the controller/kit might fire off a hit with your pad with low sensitivity now. This is what we call cross talking.

I have yet to experience any double hits with the SPD-30 either. This happened pretty frequently with other controllers where you would get flam-like MIDI output sporadically throughout your performance.

These are easily the most common problems with drum MIDI controllers these days, and the Roland SPD-30 Octapad had none of these issues straight out of the box.


Toontrack Superior Drummer 2.0

Toontrack Superior Drummer 2.0
The combination of the Octapad and Superior 2.0 is absolutely awesome. It’s allowed me to track demos and even full-on final recordings at 4 AM in my apartment. Using MIDI output with Superior 2.0 has never been easier to get a good fully modifiable drum sound.
Superior 2.0 delivers amazing sounds straight out of the box, and comes with a bunch of presets to make them sound better, and you don’t need to know the first thing about audio production or mixing. At the same time, the software allows you to run Multi Output to go straight into your DAW (Logic, Protools, Reason etc.), and treat them as actual drum tracks letting you add your own plugins like Compression, EQ, Noise Gates, Reverb and etc.

Superior Drummer 2.0’s samples were recorded by Pat Thrall, Neil Dorfsman, and Nir Z at Hit Factory, Avatar Studios, and Allaire studios, NY. The three have worked with artists as diverse as Meatloaf, Celine Dion, Nick Lachey, Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Dire Straits, Beyoncé, Björk, Kiss, Joss Stone, Genesis, John Mayer, and Chris Cornell.

It has recently gained more popularity with bands like Periphery, Meshuggah, and Animals As Leaders.


Digidesign Mbox 2 USB Audio/MIDI Pro Tools LE Interface

Digidesign Mbox 2 USB Audio/MIDI Pro Tools LE Interface This bad boy plugs into your Mac or PC via USB, and lets you plug your Octapad into its MIDI-in with a MIDI cable.

I would recommend the M-Audio USB Uno 1X1 MIDI Interface if you’re just recording MIDI output, otherwise the Mbox 2 has multiple inputs allowing you to record vocals, guitar, and etc. with its analog and digital inputs.


Pro Co MIDI Plug 5-Pin Hot All Wired 3 Foot

Pro Co MIDI Plug 5-Pin Hot All Wired 3 Foot
This guy runs from my Octapad into the mbox which carries all the magic.

 
Simple enough.


Sound Percussion SP880SS Double Braced Snare Stand Standard

Sound Percussion SP880SS Double Braced Snare Stand Standard
This is a spare snare stand that I’ve had for about 6 years now, with no problems at all. A lot of snare stands don’t go high enough to my liking (which is unusually high), but this one does.

 
Pretty.


ROC-N-SOC Lunar Series Gas Lift Drum Throne Black

ROC-N-SOC Lunar Series Gas Lift Drum Throne Black
I have fully converted to Roc-n-soc drum thrones for their durability, look, and their ability to adjust to heights I need to be able to perform. I’m about 6 ft. 1 in. tall, and I keep my snare almost at waist height if I stand next to it, so it’s not often I come across thrones that can actually go that high.

Also pulling the lever to adjust your height is fun, cause it’s so smooth.

 
Warning: very addicting. Once you have a roc-n-soc you won’t go back.
ROC-N-SOC Back Rest Black I have yet to find a desk/office chair that can rotate, doesn’t have arms, and goes high enough to accompany my comfortable playing height, so I got one of these to use as my normal desk chair. Switching to the Roc-n-Soc with a backrest has saved a lot of time and space when performing parts and editing sounds and performances back-to-back constantly. Just swivel, and adjust the height with a pull of a lever. So good.

If anyone has any other recommendations I would love to hear them, because this is hard to top.

Guitar Hero Kick Pedals


Say what you want about Guitar Hero Kick Pedals, but they cost me nothing and get the job done, and they are more responsive and dynamic than you think. All I needed was a couple 1/8 to 1/4 inch adaptors to plug into the Octapad’s expansion slots, and voilà.

I’m currently looking into products such as the Roland KD8 Kick Drum Trigger Pad, but it’s not totally necessary at the moment (even though one of my pedals is being held together with duct tape..

Well that’s pretty much it (minus things like my mixer, sticks, PC, and headphones and what not).

Please let me know if you have any questions or if there’s anything you need help with!

-andy