Drum Session sounds GREAT!

I must admit I have not had the time to dive deep into drum Session, but I’ve put some good solid 2 hours into going through the UI and mostly listening. I just took a new position that I am so ecstatic to have, it’s a perfect fit for me. In my defense, the hours I’m spending at the day gig are long. Usually, I would be all over a great app like Drum Session.

Since today the first update rolled out of the iTunes store, I felt compelled to write about Drum Session before I updated. This is not a review just yet… Here’s what I know thus far:

It sounds fantastic!
It’s very simple to use
The MIDI piano roll portion of the UI is very solid.

The piano roll was updated in the Version 1.0.3 release today, but I’m still running the original version. I think it’s solid! I haven’t updated the app yet to V 1.0.3, I wanted to finish this blog before I had scrum release blues opinions.

What really stands out:

  • There is a plethora of drum kits in Drum Session. This is great because most of the samples are mixed with different reverb and compression levels. However most have a reasonably dry mix for each kit. That is really a feature I like A LOT!
  • Drum Session sounds so much better that any app I have heard since launching my iOS music creation experiment in March of this year. This is the KILLER Drum app I have been waiting for.
  • There’s a lot of choice for $24.99. It’s scalable for the price, It’s scalable for sound, It’s scalable for custom beat creating when you can compare to other apps available. That’s a huge value add for me.

The only feature request I have for you Derick Buddemyer if you read this is the font color in the UI. I’m not sure if this is because I am using the 12.9” screen of the iPad pro, but the dark font color against the dark grey background is difficult to see on the top buttons and the black piano keys of the UI. That’s the only feature enhancement I can suggest.

After 2 hours, I love this app and I think many others will too!


SXSW 2013 Keynote By Dave Grohl

Dave Grohl SXSW Ketnote

Dave Grohl’s SXSW 2013 Keynote Speech this morning was amazing. He’s always an inspiration to me and without fail he hit a home run with this keynote. What really hit home for me was the portion of his speech where he “figured out how to be a one man band” when he was 13 years old by using two cassette decks hooked together. This is precisely what I did when I was a Teen / Tween, I wrote about it here. It’s cool to find out I wasn’t the only one obsessed with sound as a kid, that someone as talented as Dave Grohl was doing the same. This specific Part of the keynote starts at 20:11 if you want to fast forward to it.

In true Dave Grohl style he’s completely hilarious, dropping the “F” bomb about 15 times with other colorful metaphor’s that he’s known for. He’s just being Dave which is why I think his music transcends to the masses, no pretentiousness or overblown ego, no BS. I also noted he’s a complete geek and a nerd, who else would illustrate live Multi-tracking music with two cassette desks but a Music geek? See, Rock starts are just music geeks more or less, but I’ve always know this.

Sorry I only have a link, it’s not available to share as of yet. If it comes out on Vimeo or Youtube later today I’ll embed it. Click below to watch it on NPR, it’s worth your time. <3 Dave Grohl!

EDIT: Someone posted it on YouTube :D

Gratitude: Searching for Sugar Man #inspired

I had the most amazing experience at the The David Minor Theater tonight that was so powerful and surreal, I would have to classify it as spiritual. I saw this amazing film titled “Searching for Sugar Man” about a folk rock / pop star from the early 70’s who’s career bombed after his second album release. Unbeknownst to the films protagonist Sixto Rodriguez he had become a huge Platinum selling icon in South Africa with Anglo protestors of apartheid subsequently starting a musical protest movement commonly known as the “afrikaans music revolution.” Soon after his popularity came into focus the sick twisted apartheid government planted a false propagandist story country-wide that “Rodriguez” has committed suicide on stage to squash the love of his music. As all history teaches us humans over and over it vaulted him to martyr status amongst South African youth. When will these d-bags ever learn?

Rodriguez so inspired music executives at the time of his budding recording Career no expense was spared in the production of his compositions for vinyl release. His first album “Cold Fact” was produced by Dennis Coffee of the infamous Funk Brothers responsible for hundreds of hits for Motown. Dennis Coffey is so iconic he introduced the world to the Wah Wah pedal on the Temptations Psychedelic Soul hit Cloud Nine forever changing the landscape of popular music and electric guitar. This amazing record was also co-produced by industry heavyweight Mike Theodore (NelsonWu-Tang Clan) who’s musical pedigree is near untouchable in the artist realm. Lastly, Bob Babbit the iconic amazing Elvis of funk played Bass and arranged this record. Names such as these are unheard of working on a sophomore release let alone a debut album, however record executives know the goods when they hear it. This was something they clearly believed in simply assesed by the talent they brought forth into the sessions.

Although Cold Facts failed to break into the main stream his label Sussex Music appointed Steve Rowland to produce Rodriguez’s next album. Who is Steve Rowland you ask? He signed Peter Frampton, The Cure and the Thompson Twins and was involved in production and management of these amazing artists, that’s who Steve Rowland is. Clearly the powers at be in the executive branch of record company-ville saw dollar signs in their eyes. In listening to this album you can see why this is and what it is in an artistic sense. I’ve listened to few singer song writers in my estimation that can compose on the level of Dylan, Woody and Jimi but Rodriguez does it for me. I’m hair on the back of my neck standing up straight inspired by this amazing singer songwriter.

As for myself I retired from this film to absorb the knowledge of the entire interwebz for simple reason. The film’s soundtrack was brilliant but… OH MY FUCKING GODS this man is amazing. One listen is all it will take most humans IMHO.

Anything I could share beyond this can be found @ Sixto Rodriguez website: http://sugarman.org

Keywords: Gratitude, inspired, talent

Worlds top 10 richest drummers

Celebrity Net Worth (Forbes in disguise) posted the worlds top 10 richest drummers. A top the list no surprise is Ringo Starr.

1. Ringo Starr (Beatles): $300m
2. Phil Collins (Genesis): $250m
3. Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters): $225m
4. Don Henley (Eagles): $200m
5. Lars Ulrich (Metallica): $175m
6. Charlie Watts (Rolling Stones): $160m
7. Larry Mullen (U2): $150m
8. Roger Taylor (Queen): $105m
9. Joey Kramer (Aerosmith): $100m
10. Chad Smith (Rd Hot Chili Peppers, Chickenfoot): $90m