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Old 08-20-2008, 09:11 AM
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Default Great pictures, and a few new additions!!

Hey everybody!!! I've been swamped lately with work and life in general, but i've had enough time to take care of a few things :) I'm continually optimizing my setup and trying new things, and practicing of course, and last week i worked up the motivation to cut down two more cracked cymbals that i had lying around. I'm quite pleased with the results, seen below. I compacted the entire setup a little, it was taking up too much space in my room!

I used a different camera for these pics, a Canon 40D. There are 4 HDR images at the bottom of the pictures, also. (i'm no photo guru, and it was my first attempt messing around in PhotoMatix). Let me know what you think of the quality, and don't forget to check out the sound file!










I got a new laptop not too long ago..a cheapie HP, but it does the job!



this is my music/media player, a Creative Zen Vision W...awesome screen on it, and great battery life & sound quality.



This is the first cymbal of the two, it used to be an 18" Zildjian Oriental China Trash, now it's about 12.5" across. Really unique sound, i posted a brief recording of it below. I still have some rounding/smoothing work to do on it.



Here's the other new one, it was an 18" K medium-thin crash (badly cracked, of course). I purposely made this one smaller and encroached on the bell more, and it gave it a really cool high-pitched trashy sound! Much different than the other chimes i've made.

Here's the recording of the modified china (bad mixing and playing, please excuse!)

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HDR PICS :







and finally, i know some of you liked my old chair (the throne, as you called it!!), but i traded it in for something that didn't hurt to sit in :)



I've been recording almost every week (myself, and friends), so i'm really starting to rack up some experience in that regard. I actually might want to develop it to the point where i could claim the "engineer" title. Although Producing is much more fun!

Also, i'm looking at moving soon, possibly to L.A., Boston, or NYC...i need a better paying job, and somewhere with a really competitive music scene.

Take care, guys, and thanks :)


And, specs for those who might ask!

-Kit Specs-

Sonor S-Class Pro maple (9 ply)
20x17 Kick (Powerstroke 3 w/Remo Falam)
8x8 Tom (Coated Amb)
10x9 Tom (Coated Amb)
12x10 Tom (Coated Emp)
14x14 Tom (Coated Emp)
14x5.25 S-Class Snare (Prosound Custom 12-strand wires w/Coated Amb)
Force 3005 maple 12x5 aux snare (Coated Amb)

-Cymbals-

3 mini-chimes (cut from larger crashes)
6" Zildjian A-Custom splash
8" Zildjian Avedis splash
9" Zildjian K-Custom Hybrid splash
12" Wuhan China
13" Zildjian K Hi-hats
16" Zildjian K-Custom fast crash
16" Wuhan China
17" Zildjian K Thin Dark crash
18" Zildjian A-Custom crash
20" Wuhan China
20" Zildjian K-Custom ride (brilliant)

-Recording Equipment-

6 x Shure SM57 (toms, undersnare, and aux snare)
4 x Rode NT5 condenser (overheads L and R, ride , and hi-hats)
1 x Audix i5 (snare top)
1 x Audix D6 (kick)
M-Audio Firewire 1814 (main interface)
M-Audio ProFire 2626 (using as a A/D converter)
Mackie 1604 VLZ Pro 16-channel mixer
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