I’ll be spinning with my cohost Butch… ALL VINYL, ALL LIVE… my favorite Reggae and Ska records and some Clash and Police and Yellowman and Cameo and a jazz tune here and there etc…. as well as original Mr. Anonymous music…. every monday from 5:00-7:00 pm mtn time… check it out and hope you enjoy the bird and jungle and african market sounds that play 24/7 when we’re not on air!!!
It’s not the cost that counts…
Quite a few years ago I went to school with a fine drummer named Jeep MacNichol. Jeep is perhaps best know for his work with The Samples, but nowadays he’s doing his own thing as Mr. Anonymous. I hit Jeep up for some info on his gear, and he came back to me with some surprises.
His words reinforce the old truth that good sounds aren’t made by drums alone, but rather by drummers with chops who are recorded properly. It’s not the cost of the kit that counts, but the skill and knowledge that goes into playing it and recording it. Here’s what Mr. Anonymous has to say about the drums and recording technique used on his new album, Champion Sound:
I purchased a used Gretsch Catalina kit on ebay … 18″ kick, 14″ floor, 12″ tom, 14″x 5 1/2 ” snare. We recorded the kit with just 3 mics and modeled the micing EXACTLY like Rudy Van Gelder used to track the drummers on all the blue note albums in the 50’s and 60’s. He had a great approach for capturing the sound because in working with a lot of those drummers, he wanted to capture the sound as a single instrument. He was quoted as saying something like “…a jazz drummer thinks of his kit as a single instrument and sound rather than the individual elements like the hi-hat and the snare and the tom, etc…and my job is to capture their intent and what they want to say on the instrument as a whole rather than separating the sounds of the individual parts of the kit.”
So we put one mic pointing between the hat and snare, one mic about 4 feet in front of the kit pointing directly at the drummer’s chest, and one mic about a foot in front of the kick…we also had one overhead pointing directly down on the kit…and all the mics were ribbon mics and mixed through an analog board and slammed with compression.
Here’s the humble kit.
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…just got back from Kingston and the trip/mission was successful…. No real catastrophies like my smoke freakout nightmare in January…other than getting locked in my room a few times because the door kept getting jammed. I recorded 4 more vocal tracks with Brando and they are SLAMMIN…and he sang another tune to me out in the parking lot on my last day that blew my mind…absolutely beautiful words and melody so NOW, I have to go back with one more groove for him. I love to tune in to unplanned magic so I’m PSYCHED!!! Here are some pics below…a couple from my room, one of the studio(Big Yard Studio), one of our tracking engineer “Jah Pynx” who was psyched about his new motorcyle, a couple of Brando hanging out, and one of my sticks and drum pad that i never leave home without ;)
Here is the track list from yesterday’s show:
THIRD WORLD, Love Is Out To Get You
THE POLICE, Man In A Suitcase
BURNING SPEAR, The Ghost
BIG AUDIO DYNAMITE, Medicine Show
MIGHTY DIAMONDS, Pass The Kouchie
SIZZLA, Just One Of Those Days
THE POLICE, Dont Stand So Close To Me
BUNNY WAILER, Rockers
PETER TOSH, Stepping Razor
HERB ALBERT, Taste Of Honey
HALF PINT, Sensimilla
MINOR THREAT, 12xu
MR. ANONYMOUS, Rockin’ An Swing
STABN GETZ/JOAO GILBERTO, The Girl From Ipanema
BORN JAMERICANS, Boom Shak Attack
SHAGGY/RAYVON, Big Up
COCOA TEA, Evening Time
SADE, Sweetest Taboo
COLLIE BUDDZ, Come Around
CLASH, The Magnificent Seven
GRACE JONES, Ladies And Gentlemen: Miss Grace Jones