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Modern Drummer Podcast Episode 114: A Lot Like Birds’ Joseph Arrington, Faux Double Bass, Dunnett Drumheads, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss November 2017 featured artist Joseph Arrington of post-hardcore band A Lot Like Birds. The education segment focuses on creating double-bass-sounding patterns on a single kick. Up for review are Dunnett’s Res-O-Tone and Res-O-Two…

Modern Drummer
Oct 20, 2017

Showroom: VK Drums Offers Hand-Built Drums

Launched in 2012 in Sheffield, England, VK Drums feature single-point lugs turned from solid stainless steel and drilled, tapped, and polished by hand. Hoops are available as 12mm solid laser-cut, mirror-polished, or single-flange with welded-on tags. The welded tags of…

Modern Drummer
Apr 24, 2015

Showroom: “Select a Head??? Licensed Drumhead Displays

Select a Head drumhead displays have garnered the attention of internationally touring rock and metal bands, including Korn, Queensryche, and Styper. Available signed (when available) or unsigned, the displays are 23" wide, 5" deep, and weigh 8 pounds. The displays…

Modern Drummer
Sep 26, 2014

VIDEO - Aquarian Drumheads NAMM Show 2014 New Gear Coverage

  In this video Aquarian's Jamie Harris giving a tour of the latest products at the Aquarian booth at The NAMM Show 2014. The NAMM Show is the world's largest trade-only event for the music products industry. It is one…

Modern Drummer
Jan 26, 2014

Linear Fills, Part 1 (UPDATED)

September 2010 Rock ’n’ Jazz Clinic Linear Fills, Part 1 by Mike Johnston In this video, MD columnist Mike Johnston demonstrates some of the linear patterns based on 16th-notes that are included in his article from the September 2010 issue of…

Modern Drummer
Jul 25, 2013

Listen to a Sound File of Mapex’s Black Panther Velvetone Drumset

  The complete review of the Mapex Black Panther vintage-style Velvetone drumset is on page 22 of the December 2011 issue of Modern Drummer magazine. Click below to listen to Mapex artist Gregg Bissonette play some classic grooves on the…

Modern Drummer
Oct 18, 2011

Listen to Sound Files of New Meinl Byzance Cymbals

A complete review of various new Meinl Byzance cymbals can be found on page 24 of the November issue of Modern Drummer magazine. Traditional-Extra-Thin-Hammered-crash             Sand-Hats           Trash-Crash      

Modern Drummer
Sep 20, 2011

Attack John Sferra Signature Snare Batter

The John Sferra signature snare drum head is based on Attack’s heavy-duty Blast Beat 2-ply coated batter, with the addition of a top dot. The Sferra is Attack’s thickest and strongest head, but it offers a crisp, powerful response and…

Modern Drummer
Jul 26, 2011

Tama New Finishes

Tama has added the volcanic red burst finish to the Starclassic Bubinga series, and molten satin brown burst to the Starclassic Maple line. These finishes feature a new process that creates flowing patterns of color that appear almost iridescent under…

Modern Drummer
Jul 21, 2011

Sennheiser IE 7 Headphones

The IE 7 is a lightweight ear-canal-style headphone that features outstanding customized noise isolation (up to 26 dB of noise reduction). It is suitable for professional monitoring and comes with accessories (cable clip, cleaning tool, dual-flange and gummy ear adapters)…

Modern Drummer
Jul 19, 2011

Listen to a Sound File of Mapex’s Black Panther Blaster Drumset

The complete review of the Mapex Black Panther maple/walnut Blaster drumset is on page 24 of the September issue of Modern Drummer magazine.            

Modern Drummer
Jul 18, 2011

Tama Starphonic Steel Snare Drum

Tama has augmented its acclaimed Starphonic snare line with a 6x14 model featuring a 1 mm steel shell finished with high-gloss black nickel plating. This drum is designed to offer a crisp, sharp, open sound with symphonic-level snare sensitivity. Starphonic…

Modern Drummer
Jul 14, 2011

Paiste Alpha Swiss Crashes

The perforated 18" Alpha Thin Swiss crash is designed to be explosive, forceful, trashy, and mysterious sounding, with a fast and balanced decay. The 18" Alpha Medium Swiss crash is slightly heavier but responds very quickly and delivers a trashy…

Modern Drummer
Jul 7, 2011

Cympad Ride Cymbal Optimizer

New and improved Optimizer ride cymbal washers feature a higher density, firmer foam, and increased height to better support larger, heavier ride and crash cymbals. They come in a two-pack, with a list price of $5. cympad.com  

Modern Drummer
Jul 5, 2011