I’ve been continuously researching any additional hardware and cymbals I’d like to add to my kit. Right now I have a ride cymbal, but no crashes yet. Part of the reason is because it’s not as critical in my practice space to have those cymbals yet, and I’d have to get additional mute pads for them. I have my ride cymbal set-up in a location where I can use it either as a ride or for a quick hit to simulate a crash, which is sufficient for my current level of playing. I’d like to eventually add at least one crash, so that with it and my ride cymbal set off to the right, I can use them as two crashes when learning more complicated fills.
I also need to purchase an arm for my cowbell. I’ll still need to find a place to set-up the arm, as my smallest rack tom is on a clamp attached to the ride cymbal. When I eventually add another cymbal stand then I can attach it there. One day I’ll hae to think about another arm for a splash cymbal, but that’s further in the future.
I’ve also been wanting to play a double bass pedal again. I used to have a Tama Iron Cobra double pedal, and while it was fun to play and had alot of power, it felt too slow, especially compared to my Pearl single pedal. While most of the popular pedals use either dual chains or direct link, I think I’ll look at ones that use single chains. While these have the perception of being cheap, I think for my playing they’ll be more than sufficient. My Pearl single pedal uses a single chain, and it offers plenty of power along with speed. I’ll have to test the double pedal version of it, but I would be surprised if it didn’t feel as natural to me to play. Also, I saw a clip on Youtube where Gene Hoglan showed the pedals that he uses. While they’re single pedals since he uses two basses, they were Tama single-chain pedals. If that’s good enough for Gene, then they’re good enough for me!
If you are celebrating this holiday, I wish you great memories and safe travels. As usual I haven’t updated this in forever. I think the main thing is I need to find a better way to write and upload new posts, as using the website isn’t as great as a dedicated app or such would be. So what all’s cooking on my mind?
Reason 5 review: lots of new features, primarily Kong
Record overview: I don’t record alot of audio, but I’ll post impressions of how well Record works compared to Audacity and others
Ubuntu 10.10 review: I run Ubuntu on my home PC and use it alot for programming and such, so it merits an in-depth look compared to Windows XP and 7, and to a few other recent Linux distro releases.
Music: I’ve been listening to a few new albums as well as long-time favorites, and it’s time to write some good reviews for those. Also, I’ve been mulling over some thoughts about drum lessons and other things I’ve discovered, so I would like to share those.
Windows 7 review: My work computer has been on 7 for awhile, and I’ve also been able to deploy it on eligible systems, so my experience with this OS has grown enough that I feel ready to write up how well it works, compare it to XP and Vista, and see how it stacks up against OS X and Linux.
Book reviews: I’ve slowly started reading more, so I’d like to share my thoughts on some of those titles. I’ll also write about the Kindle, as I’ve been thinking about getting one, and how I think it would do compared to paper copies.
I know I have alot more things to write, and I’ve covered some of those topics in previous posts. Since WordPress has a Drafts feature I don’t have any excuse not to get those started!
Since my last post I’ve tried out a few more Linux distros and such, but then finally decided to pack up the PC tower and just use my MacBook for writing and music. It’s been nice trying out Linux, but with working in IT and such I just don’t have time to experiment and mess with things anymore; I just want a fully working system, and for me the MacBook has always been that.
So, all future tech-related entries on here will always pertain to Apple. As for music, I’m currently deciding on Reason/Record or Logic Express for my work. I’m also working on getting a plug-in configured so that I can share the music I create on here.
The inspiration and encouragement came from Mons, who I originally met on Shacknews. I highly recommend you check out his site and purchase his CD!