I enjoy exploring the sounds available on the drum kit using things other than sticks.

Using a variety of hitting implements is a bit like recording with different kinds of compression. Beaters sound like massively compressed sticks – or slowed-down tape – there’s a heavy impact with a slow attack.

Brushes also have natural compression when amplified with close mics. The fast attack actually blends really well next to a heavy beater.

The combination is perfect for recording because the heavy sounds naturally leave space for a lot of subtlety. One rhythm-line can sound like it’s half-speed hitting the red on tape – while another just tickles the skin but is heard at the front of the mix.  Check out audio examples here

I also play with two sticks when the music requires!

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