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 (augmented with 14x24 Decade maple 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
18" A Uptown Ride
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, with an ACD Unlimited Ultimate Drive Shaft. 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
LP Tri-tone Samba Whistle

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
Kawai 706 1985 Walnut Piano
Vermona E-Piano
Moog Rogue
Emibas Bass Synth
Yamaha CS1x
Yamaha SK10
Waldorf Blofeld
Suzuki Omnichord OM-84
Technics SX-K450
Suiko ST-50
Bontempi B4 Organ
Casio SK-1
Suzuki Omnichord OM-84
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
Stylophone Gen-X 1
Teenage Engineering PO-12
Mattel Synsonics Drum Synth
Akai Rhythm Wolf
Korg DDD-5
Korg SQ-1
Tubbutec Wild Heart
ESP LTD B-1004 Multi-scale (set up in F#)
Fender Fretless Jazz Bass
Warwick Thumb 5 NT
Gibson 1979 Les Paul "The Paul"
Sterling JP70
Schecter Omen-8
Ibanez Artcore AF55
Alvarez ABT60 Baritone Acoustic Guitar
Santoor (Rezae)
Korogi X37K Xylophone
Ibanez M510 Mandolin
Shehnai Flute
Burns Great Sounding Theremin at a Great Price
LeafAudio Microphonic Soundbox
JMT Synth Noisy Mic
Pyle Bullhorn



DAW/Interface: Pro Tools HD 12
Converters: Avid Pro Tools HD I/O
Mac Tower 2.8 GHz Quad Core
Amphion One18 monitors (powered by a Chord SPA 1032 power amp) w/ KRK 10S subwoofer
Grado RS1e Reference Series Headphones

DPA 4011A x2
Shure SM81 x4
Stager SR-2N
DPA 2011C
DPA 4099 x4
DPA 4055
Neumann U47 FET
Telefunken TF51

Brent Averill Enterprises 1073 channel strip x2
Manley Pultec EQ
Vintech Audio X81 preamp x2
Coil Audio CA-70S preamp
Trident 80B channel strip x2
Brent Averill Enterprises 312 preamp (vintage) x2
API 550 EQ (vintage) x2
Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre
Chandler Germanium Stereo Compressors

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