Modern Drummer is the world’s most widely read drum magazine, is dedicated entirely to the art of drumming and caters to the needs of amateur, semi-pro, and professional drummers.


Episode 39: Independence Over Foot Ostinatos, Two-Mic Recording and Mixing, Modern Drummer’s 40th Anniversary snares, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike field a few listener questions, and then Johnston gives a detailed rundown of his two-mic recording and mixing process. In the education segment, the hosts discuss their thoughts and opinions on building independence over…

Modern Drummer
Apr 29, 2016

Episode 38: Listener Questions, Dawson’s Two-Mic Setup and Mixing Process, Paiste Signature Combo Crisp Rhythmatist Hi-Hats, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike answer more listener questions and then dig into Dawson’s two-mic setup and mixing process. The hosts then talk about which living drummer they'd like to take a lesson with and why. In the gear…

Modern Drummer
Apr 22, 2016

Episode 37: Paradiddle-Diddle Rudiment, NYC-Based Session Drummer Ron Thaler, Paiste Ride Cymbals, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike answer a few listener questions, discuss the paradiddle-diddle rudiment, and talk about featured artist, NYC-based session drummer Ron Thaler. Up for review are two Paiste ride cymbals, and the show concludes with the hosts'…

Modern Drummer
Apr 15, 2016

Episode 36: Bass Drum Mics and Miking Techniques, Abe Cunningham, Canopus Solid Brass and Harvey Mason Signature Snares, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike field some listener questions before discussing their favorite bass drum mics and miking techniques. The featured artist is Abe Cunningham of modern-rock band Deftones. In the gear review section, Dawson shares his experience with…

Modern Drummer
Apr 8, 2016

Episode 35: Andrés Forero, Listener Questions, “Sticking??? vs “Orchestration,??? DW’s Collector’s Series Pure Oak Drumset, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss the cover artist of the May 2016 issue of Modern Drummer, Andrés Forero, who holds the drum seat in the award-winning Broadway musical Hamilton. Then the hosts field a few listener questions before…

Modern Drummer
Apr 1, 2016

Episode 34: Listener Questions, Living Colour's Will Calhoun, Chicago Drum 6.5x14 Maple/poplar Snare, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike field several listener questions before discussing their experience with metric modulation. The featured artist this week is Living Colour's Will Calhoun, and in the gear review section the hosts discuss and demo the Slingerland-style…

Modern Drummer
Mar 25, 2016

Episode 33: Listener Questions, Narada Michael Walden, Ahead Switch Kick Quick-Release Bass Drum Beater System, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss fusion/pop/session great Narada Michael Walden and give their choices for which crash cymbal they would take to a gig if they could only take one. The hosts also answer several listener questions, and…

Modern Drummer
Mar 18, 2016

Episode 32: Listener Questions, Common Drum Terminology, Josh Dion, Ultimate Ears In-Ear Monitors, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike field listener questions, discuss some common drum terminology, and share their thoughts on relatively unknown drummer/singer Josh Dion. Johnston then gives a detailed review of the Ultimate Ears UE-4 and UE-11 custom-mold in-ear monitors.…

Modern Drummer
Mar 11, 2016

Episode 31: Favorite Drum Albums, Cliff Almond, the Zildjian Low Volume LV380 Cymbal Pack, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike field listener questions before geeking out on their favorite drum albums. The featured artist up for discussion is NYC-based drummer Cliff Almond, who’s featured in the April 2016 issue of Modern Drummer. In the…

Modern Drummer
Mar 4, 2016

Episode 30: Recording Technology Drum Workshop, Joe Saylor, Dedicated Drumming Footwear, Bucks County Semi-Solid Bebop Kit, and More

This week Dawson shares some info on his recent drum workshop for recording technology students at the Peabody Institute, and the hosts field several listener questions. They talk a bit about the April 2016 cover artist, Joe Saylor of Late…

Modern Drummer
Feb 26, 2016

Episode 29: Bass Drum Beaters, Listener Questions, Systematic Practice, Gretsch USA Custom Maple Snare, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike field several listener questions before digging into their thoughts on the various types of bass drum beaters out there. Then Johnston goes into detail on his systematic and highly productive approach to practicing. In…

Modern Drummer
Feb 19, 2016

Episode 28: Joe Hibbs, Listener Questions, Modern Drummer 40th-Anniversary Custom Snare Drums, Rashid Williams, and more

In this episode, Mike and Mike briefly pay tribute to the late Joe Hibbs, who was an icon in artist relations in the drum industry and played a big role in elevating the profile of Mapex Drums. The hosts also…

Modern Drummer
Feb 12, 2016

Episode 27: Barry Kerch, Sabian HH Remastered Series Cymbals, Hidden Rhythms Part 2, Listener Questions, and more

In this episode, Mike and Mike crack open the March 2016 issue of Modern Drummer and discuss cover artist Barry Kerch of the popular hard rock band Shinedown. Dawson shares some of his experience reviewing the new Sabian HH Remastered…

Modern Drummer
Feb 5, 2016

Dunnett Classic Drums 2N Series Snares (with Audio)

From the  January 2015 issue of Modern Drummer magazine.   The tireless Canadian takes a crack at the time-tested center-bead shell…and wins. In 2012, inventor/drum builder Ronn Dunnett released the R4-L, a version of his popular swiveling R4 throw-off that…

Modern Drummer
Feb 14, 2015