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DRUM COVER: "Lead the Way" by Jhené Aiko from Raya and the Last Dragon

Here is another Disney drum cover dedicated to my personal Disney princess, my daughter. This one is from the Raya and the Last Dragon Soundtrack, titled "Lead the Way," performed by Jhené Aiko.

This one was actually a lot of fun. I finally was able to put my new Roland TM-2 Drum Module to use along with my ddrum triggers on the bass drum and snare. To make a long story short, I am already using all 8 inputs on my Behringer Uphoria UMC1820 interface and the journey of adding more channels to my studio was long and arduous. After many different trials and errors, I was finally able to get a hold of a Behringer Digital UltraGain ADA8200 8-channel PreAmp, which gives me a total of 16 tracks.

For this particular song, I used the preloaded sounds in the TM-2 module and added a boomy low kick as well as a hand clap to the snare rim and a muffled hi-pitched snare tone to the head. The final product is a little raw and not perfect so I'll have to go in and tweak some settings. But overall I thought it came out pretty good and this whole trigger thing is pretty darn cool!

I hope you enjoy my cover:

As an added bonus for checking out this post and my site, you can listen to the drum-only track right here:


Song: Lead the Way

Artist: Jhené Aiko

Album: Raya and the Last Dragon Soundtrack (2021 Walt Disney Records)

Original Drummer: n/a

Music: Drumless Track via XTRAX Stems

Take Count: 11



- DW Design Piano Black Drumset

9x10, 10x12, 14x16, 18x22

- Ludwig Black Beauty 5x14 Snare Drum

- DW Blue Pearl Oyster 5x12 Side Snare

- Paiste Cymbals

6" Paiste Signature Splash

8" Paiste Signature Dark Energy Mark I Splash

10" Paiste PSTx Swiss Splash

14" Paiste Signature Dark Energy Mark I Hi-Hats

18" Paiste Signature Full Crash

18" Paiste Signature Dark Energy Mark I Crash

18" Paiste Signature Precision China

22" Paiste Signature Dark Energy Mark II Ride

- RhythmTech Mounted Tambourine

- Pearl HH3 ChaBELLa Horatio Hernandez Cowbell

- ProMark 5B Balance Rebound Wood Sticks

- Roland TM-2 Acoustic Drum Trigger Module

- ddrum AcousticPro Kick Trigger

- ddrum AcousticPro Dual Zone Snare Drum Trigger

- DW Hardware & drumheads

- Audix drum microphones (i5, D2, D4, D6)

- MXL Mogami 603S Overhead Microphone Pair

- Røde NT1-A vocal microphone

- Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera

- GoPro Hero 5 Black

- GoPro Hero 8 Black (x3)

- Behringer U-Phoria UMC-1820 Interface

- Behringer Digital UltraGain ADA8200 8-Channel PreAmp

- Obeamiu 5600k USB Studio Lighting Kit 3-Pack

- Apple iMac 27" Retina 2019

- Logic Pro X

- Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2021

- Adobe After Effects CC 2021

- Adobe Photoshop CC 2021


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