Rock drummer extraordinaire, Jeff Bowders, joined FullOnDrums.com at Ultimate Rhythm Studios for what we thought would be a fun episode with some great rock drumming. Boy were we in for a surprise! Jeff flat out put on a clinic with some amazing drumming that paid tribute to his Progressive Rock roots. One listen to Jeff’s performance and you’ll understand why Paul Gilbert, Puddle of Mudd, Justin Derrico, T.J. Helmerich, and many others have utilized Jeff’s skills on both their albums and tours. In this episode, Jeff performs the song “Consequence of Ideas” from his solo album “The Pilgrimage Of Thingamuhjig”. Please make sure your seat belts are securely fastened and tray tables are in their upright positions because you’re in for quite a ride!
Serious drumming requires some serious drums so Jeff brought his big Tama Starclassic Birch/Bubinga kit. It’s comprised of 10″, 12″, 14″ and 16″ toms, an 18″x22″ kick and a 6″x14″ aluminum Starphonic.
Big kits mean a lot of mics! To be more correct we should say that big kits allow for a lot of options and variations in micing. We chose to use quite a few mics that would allow for multiple options when mixing. For full disclosure these drums are not mixed at all. What you hear is exactly what it sounded like when we tracked. That doesn’t mean we didn’t use eq and compression but we only used it during tracking with no extra treatment done after the fact.
Enough babble. Let’s talk gear!
MXL A-55 Kicker , Overstayer Chanel Amp – inside the kick
Audio-Technica AT4047, Chandler Limited Germanium, Waves SSL plugin pulling 300hz, boosting 60hz – outside the kick
Subkick, MXL MPAC – outside the kick
Shure SM57 on Top, Overstayer Chanel Amp
SM57 on bottom, MXL MPAC
SM57, Chameleon Labs 7602 MKII
AKG C 451b with -10db pad and 150hz roll off, MXL MPAC
Audio-Technica AT4051, MXL MPAC
Audio-Technica AE3000, Golden Age Project Pre73
Audio Technica AT4050, Chandler Limited TG Channels
MXL Cube, Overstayer Channel Amp