Episode Four: “Can Cheap Drums Sound Better?”
Today we’re going to talk about improving the sound of cheap drums without spending a fortune. Hear the difference fresh drum heads make to the cheapest drum set on the planet!
Evans D2 Coated Heads: https://www.daddario.com/products/percussion/evans-drumheads/drum-set/drumset-tom-batter/g2-coated-tom-batter/
- This is the first time I’ve ever changed drum heads; I’m still learning how to tune so they may be a little off.
- By the time I was editing, the cost of the Evans Tompack had gone up from the $40 I paid to just over $50. While that’s still a good price, don’t give up! Keep searching for deals.
Product Video One: “BDI21 – Cheap Bass Amp Modeler”
In amongst the Vlog uploads, this is a series on cheap equipment where I’ll talk about various pieces of budget brand mics, instruments, and other toys.
We’re going to kick things off with my favorite budget pedal, the Behringer BDI21.
The BDI21 is a surprisingly good modeler/preamp/DI that will cost you around $40.
Episode Three: “You can’t make an omelet…”
Spring is here! In today’s episode, I dive into my songwriting process because if you don’t have a song, you have nothing to record. In the immortal words of Brad Goodman: “There’s no trick, it’s just a simple trick!”
Free VST amps really help during the writing and arranging process; you can use them to get a feel for which way your new song is headed.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Be sure to support the developers if and when you can!
Episode Two: “Opinions Are Like A$$holes.”
In this episode, I talk about the mindset you need to deal with a constant barrage of “you need the fancy, expensive, professional stuff!”
Whether it’s digital vs analog, or budget vs high end, it can be difficult to do your own thing while ignoring marketing and, especially, those on the Internet who honestly believe nothing worthwhile comes out of anything entry level.
Made a quick video for Millbrae Exit. All clips are royalty free from Pexles. Links to the various clips are in the YouTube description.
Low Budget Lifer – Episode Two is in the works, however I inadvertently deleted the folder (and it’s backup) containing my video templates so I have to start from scratch. Go me.
Episode One: “So What Is This Exactly?”
The Low Budget Lifer is a thing that I’ve started. Since I spend so much time harping about the benefits of second hand, refurbished, or low-mid range music equipment, I’ve decided to document how I work within my means.
“This video is the start. It’s so fresh, I wasn’t even thinking about uploading it YouTube when I put it all together. In this first upload, I stumble my way through explaining what this is all about.”