Here is a highly detailed equipment list:


Home studio kit
Pearl Drums Reference Pure, natural maple finish
8x12 rack tom
16x16 floor tom
16x20 bass drum

In addition, I also utilize:

8x10 rack tom
10x13 rack tom

Gigging/Alternate studio kit
Pearl Drums Vision Birch VBL, natural birch finish
8x12 rack tom or 14x14 floor tom
16x16 floor tom
18x20 bass drum

Snare drums
6.5x14 Pearl Drums Reference brass
4x14 Pearl Drums maple piccolo
8x14 Pearl Drums limited edition maple
6.5x14 Pearl Drums Sensitone Elite brass
5x14 Pearl Drums Sensitone maple
3x13 Pearl Drums brass piccolo

Nearly all of my snares feature die cast hoops and Puresound snare wires.

Zildjian Cymbals (Darkest Hour setup):
21" A Mega Bell Ride
19" A Custom Crash
14" A Custom Mastersound Hi-Hats
8" A Custom Splash
13" A Custom Mastersound Hi-Hats
18" A Custom Crash
18" A Custom China

Extended setup for sessions/projects:

6" FX Zil-Bel
6" A Custom Splash
11" FX Oriental "Trash" Splash
Small 'Stack': 8" FX Trashformer / 10" A Custom EFX
Regular 'Stack': 14" A Custom EFX / 16" FX Oriental China "Trash"
16" A China High
18" K Custom Special Dry Trash China
19" K China
17" A Custom Crash
17" K Custom Hybrid Crash
18" K Dark Crash Thin
19" K Dark Crash Thin
19" K Custom Hybrid Crash
12" A Special Recording Hi-Hats
13" A New Beat Hi-Hats
Custom hi-hats: 14" K Constantinople bottom (top) / 14" K Custom High Definition bottom (bottom)
15" K Light Hi-Hats
20" K Custom Flat Top Ride
20" K Heavy Ride
21" K Heavy Ride
21" A Custom ReZo Ride
22" K Constantinople Renaissance Ride

I endorse Remo drumheads. This list -- especially -- evolves (be sure to peruse the video descriptions, as I commonly list specific heads), but these are some of my favorites:

tom-toms: clear or coated Vintage Emperor / clear Emperor
snare drums: Controlled Sound X, Black X / Ambassador snare-side
bass drums: coated Powerstroke III (with a double mini Falam Slam) / logo head or Powerstroke III Ebony (resonant head is usually ported and there's a bit of 'stuffing' inside of the drum)

I tune my drums depending on the genre of music that I'm recording. I try to match the pitch of each lug, and -- generally -- the overall tuning of both the batter and resonant heads for maximum resonance. I control said resonance with Moon Gel, usually on both the batter and resonant sides of the heads.

I play Vic Firth Ralph Hardimon SRH2 'Hammer' Corpsmaster drumsticks. I've also used Pro-Mark drumstick/mallet combos, Hot Rods, and Vic Firth Rutes and wire brushes for sessions. I also have a pair of hand-wrapped Adam Argullin mallets.

Bass Drum Pedals (specific settings, etc.)
I play the Pearl Eliminator Demon Drive P3002D double pedal in the longboard configuration. My spring tension is maxed out with the 'power' and 'heavy' settings engaged. I utilize Pearl QuadBeaters (felt side) and they rest about six inches from the head -- hitting close to the center of a 20" bass drum -- with the BW100 beater weights attached at the top of the shaft. Depending on the music, I may opt for my VicKick fleece beater instead of the QuadBeaters.

Pearl C1000 double-braced straight cymbal stands x4
Pearl BC2000 boom cymbal stand with CLH1000 body manually wedged into top portion (for 'stack' cymbal)
Pearl H2000 Eliminator hi-hat stand
Gibraltar 9707NL-DP legless hi-hat stand (attached to bass drum with Pearl HA100 clamp)
Pearl DCL300P hi-hat drop clutch x2
Pearl AX20 adapter clamp, TH2000S tom holder for rack tom
Pearl S2000/C snare drum stand
Pearl D2500 throne
Hi-hat Razer

Pearl low clave block
Pearl 7"x13" Primero steel timbale
LP fiber maracas
LP Cuban style guiro
multiple small LP egg shakers
LP Soft Shake shaker
LP grenadilla wood clave
LP Cyclops jingle tambourine, brass
LP Vibra-Slap II Deluxe
LP Aspire 10" triangle

Practice Gear
E-Pad 12" practice pad
Gibraltar GBDP bass drum practice pad
Power Wrist Builders PWB28-795 solid brass practice sticks

Misc. Gear
Boss DB90 Dr. Beat
Vic Firth SIH1 headphones or Ultimate Ears 5 Pro with custom molds
Mackie 402VLZ3 mixer
Shure SM57 microphone x2
Vratim Drum Shoes

Other Instruments
Vermona E-Piano
Moog Rogue
Emibas Bass Synth
Yamaha CS1x
Yamaha SK10
Yamaha CS-80 V (Arturia)
Synclavier V (Arturia)
Roland Jup-8 V (Arturia)
B-3 V (Arturia)
Re-pro 1 & 5 (u-he)
iPad loaded with synth apps
ESP LTD B-1004 Multi-scale
Santoor (Rezae)



DAW/Interface: Pro Tools HD 12
Converters: Avid Pro Tools HD I/O
Mac Tower 2.8 GHz Quad Core
Yamaha NS-10M monitors (powered by a Chord SPA 1032 power amp) w/ KRK 10S subwoofer
Grado RS1e Reference Series Headphones

Neumann KM84i (vintage) x2
Shure SM81 x4
AKG C414 (vintage)
Blue Mouse (vintage)
Shure SM57
Shure KSM32 x2
Shure SM7B
Lawson L47 FET

Brent Averill Enterprises 1073 channel strip x2
Manley Pultec EQ x2
Vintech Audio X81 preamp x2
Chameleon Labs 7602 MKII preamp with X-Mod
Trident 80B channel strip x2
Brent Averill Enterprises 312 preamp (vintage) x2
API 550 EQ (vintage) x2
Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre
Summit Audio Inc. DCL-200

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