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Tempo Check: KMKanDrum Tests His Meter!

Today is test day for KMKanDrum. Will I pass or will I fail miserably?


NOTE: I had never done this before so I had no idea what the outcome was going to be.


Basically, I took a song I recorded back in c.2000 called, "Detached" by my old band, FREaKS, and threw it into Logic Pro X. From there, I created a tempo map to see how good (or bad) my natural meter was.


For some context, in 2000 I was 22-years old. I had been playing basically every day for 10 years. I had already recorded two full-length albums and countless singles and EPs. I had played hundreds of live shows of varying sizes. My experience was decent for that age. You could even say it was the beginning of my peak period, playing-wise.

 

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We recorded this song at Westbeach Recorders in Hollywood, CA. It is most notable for many an Epitaph and Fat Wreck Chords album, e.g., most of Bad Religion's albums, NOFX, Rancid, The Offspring, Lagwagon, Strung Out, Propagandhi, etc. It was also where Pink Floyd recorded some of their "Dark Side of the Moon" stuff but under a different studio name. Needless to say, it was a top-notch studio that commanded top-notch $. So rather than try to fumble with a metronome, we went without one. We had been rehearsing, playing live, and demo-ing the songs like crazy and we knew they sounded great, whether or not it was true to the starting bpm.


So, now, here's the test! Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments section! Thank you for watching! Please subscribe for more videos :)

FREaKS is:

George Cunnington: Vocals

Joey Gabra: Guitars / Vocals

Mike Bedrossian: Guitars

Zareh Aghajanian: Bass

Kelly Kusumoto: Drums

 

Equipment:

- 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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