A lot of people really don't realize that a drum set is a musical instrument and is a very important part of any band, if not the most important. The groove of any song is a result of the rhythm that occurs, and if the rhythm is steady the song is good. Rhythm must be played by all musicians in the band but of course the key component of the rhythm part is the drummer. Along with the rest of the band and having a strong involvement with the bass guitar the drums must hold the rhythm and keep the band together. A drummer is actually the conductor of a band and also sets the path to a good sounding band and a bad one.
This might sound like an incorrect statement from the listener and/or musicians point of view but once realized, this is actually a very true statement! This is where the fun starts because rhythm has something called a groove that gets followed and if you don't follow the groove then you are out of the rhythm. The groove has something else called pockets. Think of it as rhythm meaning 4 counts and the groove being the pattern played within the 4 counts and the pocket being how ahead, on time or behind the count you play your groove. What I'll be doing here is illustrating various beats and grooves and the occasional solo. I do the recording on a 24bit recording system with quality mics so the sound should be acceptable to most.
My name is Dan Zalac (DRUMZE) and I began to play on pots and pans, pretty much as soon as I could hold anything in my hands but I'm not counting my experience from then, I begin counting from the age of 7 back in 1974. I had a taste of a real drum set at three years old when we had rented the basement to a band that my father knew. My dad wanted me to play the keyboards but, hey, look over there ...red sparkle Ludwigs, what I didn't know was about to be what I did, D..R..U..M..S..!! I loved them right away! As time went on we moved from the downtown area and away to the suburbs, then those drums where gone. Soon my desire to have some drums around increased and at the age of seven, I was making them out of card board boxes and TV-dinner trays!
Finally, a set of STAR drums came my way from another drummer that played at all of our friends and family events. I would always be behind him watching and as a young lad I studied all of his motions. He was actually quite good but we never discussed lessons. I had the STAR kit until my first set of Ludwigs were given to me for my 11th birthday. I remember my parents saying, "No more toys from now on then, the drums cost enough!" The kit had 4 single headed concert toms with a 14 x 24 inch bass drum ...pumpin'! I took the kit to some talent shows at school and quickly made friends all over the place. These where my drums until I sold them for a double kick TAMA kit at around the age of twenty. I kind of regret doing that but I kept the 16 x 18 floor tom at least. I remained content with my TAMAs for almost a decade until the arrival of my new 2001 Ludwigs equipping me with a 26" bass drum this time, yeeeeehaaa, CANONSl! My travels now have me focused on teaching the feel and the groove that I have aquired throughout all of the years to aspiring drummers who are in search of this style of playing.
Ludwig Classic Maple
Made in 2001, finished in Champagne Sparkle.
Bass Drum: 14"x26"
Floor Tom: 16"x18"
Floor Tom: 16"x16"
Rack Tom: 12"x14"
Rack Tom: 10"x13", 9"x12" - made in 2008.
Floor Tom: 14"x16" - made in 2013.
Bass Drum: 16"x22" - made in 2012.
1: Supraphonic Aluminum 6.5"x14" (LM402) - made in 2007.
2: Coliseum Series Maple 8"x14" (LS484) - made in 2002.
3: Carl Palmer Venus Brass 3.7"x14" (LW0414CP) - made in 2013.
4: Yamaha Steel 5"x14"
24" 2002 Ride
20" 2002 Power Ride
20" 2002 Crash
18" 2002 Crash
18" Sound Formula Full Crash
18" 2002 China
15" 2002 Hi-Hats w/sound edge
14" Sound Formula Heavy Hi-Hats w/sound edge
REMO Drum Heads
Batter Heads: Coated Vintage Emperor
Reso Heads: Coated Ambassador
Snare: Coated Vintage Emperor or Ambassador
Reso: Clear Ambassador or Diplomat
Bass Drum: Coated Remo Emperor or Ambassador
Reso: Ludwig single ply heavy
*currently using Coated PS4
Reso: Coated PS3
AKG Perception 120
Audio Technica ATM450
Audio Technica Snare/Tom KP
Audio Technica Kick/Tom KP
Audio Interface and Software
3 - M-AUDIO Profire 2626 (24 tracks)
Intel i7 4770k 3.4GhZ
SSD O/S drive
Win 7 Pro 64bit
*Reaper Multi-track recording software (recording @ 24 bit 48kHz)
*Steinberg WaveLab audio editing software