2018 New Tool Album: Danny Carey is Recording Drums Now

It’s been more than a decade since their last release, but it looks like a new album from Tool is slowly getting closer in 2018.

Pictured is Danny Carey’s drum kit, set up in the studio for recording the new 2018 Tool album. In the background is drum tech Joe Paul:

Danny Carey’s official website posted the above photo showing his kit set up, with the caption:

READY TO BEGIN TRACKING FOR TOOL. It appears that long time tech JOE PAUL has the drums and electronics arranged in the studio for Danny to start tracking.”

Joe Barresi (who worked on Tool’s 10,000 Days) is handling engineering. Danny is tracking drums first, followed by the other instruments, and finally vocals.

The photo shows Danny’s huge drum kit, with his signature Sonor 14×8″ bronze snare drum in the center. Some of the stand-out features are the purple Paiste Monad 22″ Dry Heavy Ride, the Roland Octapad and Handsonic, and the huge amount of electronic pads spread around the kit.  He’s also using a Roc-N-Soc drum throne.

Danny Carey has been using Evans drumheads since 1998. He also plays Paiste cymbals, Hammerax Percussion, and Roland and Korg electronics.

Specifically, Danny Carey uses an Evans Power Center snare drumhead, Evans G1 Clear tom batter heads, and Evans EQ3 Clear bass drum batter heads.

New Article: Buying Used Drums: The Ultimate Guide

Looking for a used drum kit, but want to avoid getting a dud!?

Check out our used drums buying guide, with everything you need to know!

Buying Used Drums - The Ultimate Guide

There is so much great used drum gear out there, you just need to know what to avoid… We go into detail on the important stuff, the not-so-important stuff, and how to breathe new life into a used drum kit.

Learn exactly what to look for when buying used drums, and get the most value for your money. The right used drum sets can sound great, so use these essential tips to make sure you get a top set of used drums.

Check out the in-depth guide to buying used drum sets now!

Hit Like A Girl Competition 2018

The 7th annual Hit Like A Girl global drumming competition is coming up.

Hit Like A Girl Logo

Hit Like A Girl is a worldwide contest for female percussionists, aiming to put the spotlight on girls drumming, and to encourage musicianship among females of all age levels. Some great companies are sponsoring this event, and there will be some great prizes available.

The competition is open to female drummers of all skill levels, so don’t hold back if you’re wondering whether you’re good enough!

To enter, you must:
  • Be female (this one is hopefully obvious!).
  • Be an amateur drummer (if you make more that $50k/year and have an endorsement, you’re not eligible).
  • Send in a 3-minute drumming video. This can include solos, covers, or live gigs. Showcase your skills somehow!
  • Include a short bio, outlining your drumming story, and a recent photo of you behind the drum kit.

There is an under 18, and an 18+ age category.

Drummers are evaluated on their performance (their groove, sound, technique, musicality, and interpretation), as well as their presentation and their personal story.

For some inspiration, check out Hit Like A Girl’s Hall of Fame, which includes some great videos from past winners and runners up.

There are three ways to make it to the finals:
  • Between March 1st and April 11, 2018, there will be weekly contests where judges will choose a weekly winner. Each weekly winner will become a finalist.
  • Between April 12 and April 25, 2018, the public can vote on their favourite drummer. The two drummers in the under 18 and 18+ categories with the most votes will become finalists.
  • Wildcards will be chosen as finalists based on their drumming skills and presentation.

You only need to send in one application, and you’ll have a chance to become a finalist across every week of the competition.

Judging will take place between May 3 and May 16, 2018, with a winner to be announced on May 24th.

For more information and to enter, go to Hit Like A Girl’s website. Good luck!

 

Attention Drummers: Pain or Problems Playing the Drums?

Dr. Nadia Azar is investigating pain and problems that drummers can experience while playing. See below for all of the details, including a link to take part in this research:

DRUMMERS WANTED!

Have you ever experienced pain or problems related to playing the drums?  

Even if you haven’t, Dr. Nadia Azar wants to hear about it!

Playing the drums is a physically demanding task, but very little is known about the types of injuries, pain, or problems drummers experience, and the playing-related or lifestyle habits that might either help drummers avoid these injuries/problems, or put them at risk of developing them.

Nadia is looking for drummers to fill out an anonymous survey about drumming-related pain & problems.  For this study, a drummer is defined as a percussionist who exclusively plays a drum set.  For example, a drummer for a popular rock band, or a person who exclusively plays a drum set in an orchestra would fit this definition.  A person who plays a drum in a marching band or drum line, or someone who plays the tympani or xylophone for an orchestra, would not.

You can participate if you:

  • Are at least 18 years of age.
  • Play the drums a minimum of five (5) hours per week.
  • Fall into one or more of the following groups:
    • Students enrolled full- or part-time in a college- or university-level music program.
    • Students taking private lessons.
    • Full- or part-time drum teachers.
    • Full- or part-time studio or live performance drummers from all musical genres.

Retired drummers: you can still participate if you met these criteria before you retired.

The survey will take about 20 minutes of your time.  At the end of the survey, you will have the option to enter your name into a draw for one of ten $50 gift cards. 

CLICK HERE to get started. Thanks!

This study has received clearance from the University of Windsor’s Research Ethics Board.

New Article: Bass Drum Beater Sound: The Ultimate Guide

What’s the quickest way to change your bass drum sound?
Change your bass drum beater!

Bass drum beaters can often be overlooked. However, whether you’re performing or recording, your choice of beater will have a big impact on your overall sound. Your bass drum is central to your kit, so make sure you’re using the best beater for the job.

It’s super important to understand how different beaters sound and feel when you play them. Because of this, we’ve put together the ultimate bass drum beater guide: to help you find the best bass drum beater for your style.

In the guide, you’ll see:

  • Low Boy Natural Wood Bass Drum BeaterExactly how different bass drum beater materials will sound. There’s an overview of all the different beater materials available.
  • How beater weight affects the impact and feel of your pedal.
  • How the shape and size of a beater will change the way it sounds and feels.

We’ve also reviewed the best bass drum beater in each category, to help you sort through the noise to find a great beater.

Read the ultimate bass drum beater guide here.

New Article: The Best Bass Drum Pedal in 2018

Looking for the best bass drum pedal in 2018? This the article for you!

Best Bass Drum Pedal Ultimate Guide

We’ve tested and reviewed a huge range of pedals to find the best bass drum pedal in the three most important categories:

  • The best bass drum pedal for beginners,
  • The best bass drum pedal for intermediate drummers, and
  • The absolute best bass drum pedal, regardless of price.

Each pedal is reviewed in detail, and we tell you exactly why it stands out from the competition.

PLUS, there a bonus bass drum pedal buying guide further down the page, covering the most important factors affecting how a pedal feels and plays: Get your head around bass drum pedal footboard styles, drive types, and cam shapes. All of these things will change the feel and movement of a pedal, so we’ve covered these things to help you find the best pedal for your feet.

Why is all of this important? Well, it’s vital to have a great pedal, because it’s one of the most important pieces of drum gear you’ll own. Along with your snare drum, your bass drum gets more use than just about anything else, so make sure you have a good pedal (and good technique!).

Read our article reviewing the best bass drum pedals of 2018 now.

New Article: 13 Drum Kit Volume Reduction Tips

Please let me play drums :(

If your neighbours are constantly complaining about the noise, this new article is for you. Whether you’re drumming in an apartment, a dorm room, or a house, these tips have you covered. We’ve got a range of great products, modifications, and DIY drum volume reduction tricks to keep everyone happy while you play. If your neighbours are really sensitive, there’s bonus tips for making an electronic drum kit even quieter. For the absolute worst case scenario, we’ve even got a few final tips on how to practice when you really can’t use your drum kit at home.

Check out our top drum kit noise reduction tips, and make your drums quieter!

The Best Drumhead of 2017? Evans UV1!

What’s the best drumhead of 2017?

According to DRUM! Magazine’s DRUMMIES! poll, it’s the Evans UV1. These heads were voted the best drumhead of 2017 by DRUM! Magazine readers.

2017 Drummies Awards - Best Drumhead of 2017

DRUM! Magazine says: “Considering the abundance of drumhead models on the market, you have to give Evans credit for coming up with a new film. But the benefits of the UV-cured coating on the UV1 surpasses the novelty factor with punchy sounds, crisp articulation, and remarkable durability – a combination many drummers want under their sticks.”

What do we at Drumhead Authority have to say about the UV1, and is it deserving of the title of the best drumhead of 2017? Well, it’s an absolute top drumhead that really does stand out from the pack, especially when it comes to the coating’s durability. It’s not surprising that it was voted the best drumhead of 2017 based on this. If you’re tired of your drumhead’s coating chipping off, we definitely recommend trying the Evans UV1.

If you’re not familiar with it, the Evans UV1 is a single ply 10mil thick coated drumhead, with a slightly bright sound. It’s versatile, open, and lively, and the textured surface is great with brushes and drumsticks.

Check out our in-depth review of the Evans UV1 drumhead here, and see how it compares with other heads using our Drumhead Selector.

It seems Evans knows how popular this drumhead is, as they’ve recently announced the UV1 bass drum head range, coming soon in 2018. Evans will be releasing a standard UV1 bass head, an EQ4 version with inlay ring, and an EMAD bass version of the UV1. At the moment the UV1 range is available for snare drums and toms. The new UV1 bass heads are a welcome addition to the UV1 family, especially after being voted the best drumhead of 2017.

To see the other drum gear winners from this year’s poll, check out DRUM! Magazine’s DRUMMIES! awards here. The DRUMMIES! have been running for 24 years, with readers from around the world casting their votes for the best drum gear across a number of different categories. As well as the best drumhead, the DRUMMIES! awards cover cymbals, drum kits, accessories, drum sticks, percussion, and more.

Congratulations to Evans for taking out this year’s best drumhead award with the UV1 range.

Evans UV1 Bass Drum Heads – Coming Soon

Evans have just announced that their UV1 drumhead line will soon be available for bass drums. Currently these heads are available for snare drums and toms.

Evans plans to release the UV1 bass drum heads in the following varieties:

  • Evans EMAD UV1 bass drumheadThe Standard UV1 bass drum head: a 10mil thick single ply drumhead with the durable UV1 coating. This is the same configuration as the snare drum and tom versions of the UV1.
  • The UV EQ4 bass drum head: a 10mil thick single ply drumhead with the durable UV coating, plus an internal inlay ring. The inlay ring helps to control overtones and emphasize the warmer frequencies, to give a slightly more focused and deeper bass drum punch without choking the drum.
  • The UV EMAD bass drum head: a 10mil thick single ply drumhead with the durable UV coating, plus the Evans EMAD system. Adding an EMAD ring greatly reduces overtones, and focuses the sound to give a deep, quick, punchy bass drum sound. The EMAD rings can be removed to give a more open bass drum sound, making this a versatile bass drum option.

Each of these UV1 bass drum heads will be available in 16″ to 26″ sizes, in tom and bass hoop varieties.

The UV1 bass drum head range is a welcome addition to the UV line, and these heads are extremely popular for their extremely durable coating. The coating is UV-cured, and doesn’t chip away or wear off like regular drumhead coating.

Keep an eye out for the Evans UV1 bass drum head range coming soon. In the meantime, you can read our in-depth review of the UV1 snare and tom drumheads.

EDIT: As a sidenote, DRUM! Magazine has just awarded the Evans UV1 the best drumhead of 2017 in their DRUMMIES! awards. Congratulations to Evans!