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Download Drum Layout Mat
Download the Makedrums.com Layout Mat .pdf file for $2.99. (Instant File Download)
Print the file at a local copy/fax/print store.
I took my file to Fedex. I had the option to print the file in color for $7.75/sqft or I could print it in black and white for .75/sqft. The files dimensions are about 28×28, so you’ll save lots of money by printing it in black and white. My total print cost was $4.06. Tell your printer to print the actual file size
Glue the drum hardware layout mat to a flat surface.
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Kenny Sharretts has worked as a drum tech for Melissa Etheridge, Kelly Clarkson, Peter Frampton, Joss Stone, The American Idols Live, 30 Seconds to Mars, and Smashmouth. He is the current drum tech for Stevie Wonder and Rihanna. As a drummer he has worked for several Texas legends including Monte Montgomery, Kevin Fowler, Joe King Carrassco, Rusty Wier, George Devore, and Custard Pie. He is also an active member of the band So Called Underground.
Kenny sent me a total of 6 tips that will be released once a week for the next 6 weeks! If you enjoy the tips please leave Kenny a comment or question by clicking here!
Kenny’s Pro Drum Tip: Center Your Bass Drum Hole
Holes in bass drum heads are like colonoscopy. A necessary evil in a live setting. Most sound men at a club level do not have the luxury of being able to isolate the kick drum sound, and maximize click AND thump without a hole. Since the big dogs usually use 2 microphones for the kick (usually a SM91 inside the drum, and an SM 52/ D112/etc. in the hole), the hole becomes mandatory unless you mount the microphones inside the kick. So where to put the hole? How big should it be? As far as size goes, 5-7 inches across is all you need. Any more, and the tone of the head significantly suffers. More head, more tone. Any smaller, and you can’t position the BD mic very easily. As far as where to put the hole, a lot of cats put the hole in the lower left or right hand corners of the drum. This is a useful technique if you want a lot of overtones in your kick sound (i.e. sounds like an old school un-ported marching bass drum). My preference, however, is to have a tight, punchy kick with controlled, but voluminous bottom-end. This is achieved by cutting the hole DEAD CENTER of the bass drum head. Think about it like dropping a pebble in a pond. The circles of sound go outward from the center of the head. By cutting the hole dead center, you maintain the continuity of the circular sound waves. A hole in the side, just breaks them up, thereby creating more unnecessary overtones. I began using the “center hole” technique with Kenny Aronoff on a Melissa Etheridge tour. The FOH (front of house) mixer said the difference was night and day in terms of punch, bottom end, and control.
BTW, two products I recommend for cutting the hole, are the Aquarian port holes or the Remo Dynamo hole templates, and “The Hole Cutter“. The template is a must. Not only does it give you an easy, almost fool-proof guide for cutting a clean hole (please use an exacto knife or “The Hole Cutter”), but it protects the hole from tearing, AND acts as a gentle mute for the front head. This greatly reduces the amount of muffling needed (so you get a bigger sound), and you can avoid the tone robbing felt strip many people use. “The Hole Cutter” is an outstanding tool for the hole cutting procedure. (Hence the name, duh! LOL!) Strangely enough, it doesn’t fit perfectly within the Aquarian/Remo templates, but you can make it work.
Finally, use a protective disc where your beater hits the BD head. I know some people complain about how it affects the tone, but they really do protect the head from breaking due to friction. They can also add a little attack to your kick sound. Remo Falam slams are great for rock and funk drumming, but are a little heavy for some cats. Evans and Aquarian both make thinner less intrusive kick pads. Drum on brothers and sisters.
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This is a guest post by Jon Lee of MNI Drumworks in Austin, TX.
In the fall of 1993 my parents gave in. The past 18 years had been a torturous, ear bleeding ordeal for both my Father and beautiful Mother. I had slapped, hit, tapped, knocked, kicked, and played EVERYTHING in every house that we had ever lived in, or vehicle we had owned. From banging on pots, pans, lamp shades (great cymbals), to foot pedal trash cans (great hi-hats) and seat cushions…I was born to play drums.
The only drum kit I have ever owned is as a 5 piece Mapex Mars kit (later 6 piece) that I bought from Phil Fisher at the Drum Connection on North Lamar in the summer of 1993. The kit is obsolete by today’s standards, but there weren’t a lot of technological advances in drum design for beginner kits in the early 90s. When Pearl and Tama introduced suspension mounting systems for drum kits under the $1,000 price range, it was a revolution. A concept that just about every drum company foreign or domestic soon adhered too, including Mapex in the late 90s. For me, I got to hit stuff really hard, and could hit stuff really hard without breaking my parent’s . If anything the first few weeks playing would have been like watching an Animal impersonator screaming WOMAN WOMAN while banging away in the garage.
I just got this email from a friend in Hungary and wanted to share his experience with you! Bart’s first drum set is a beauty:
Bart did an incredible job on building his very first custom drum set. Great job Bart!
Below is an email conversation/interview that I had with Bart. He has lots of great drum building tips so make sure to read all of it! Continue Reading....