Is This One of My Heaviest Drum Covers To Date?

I have a new drum cover scheduled to be released on Friday, January 28th at 6pm CST.  The video & Superior Drummer 3 project file will unlock here on the website at this time as well.  It just might be one of the heaviest songs I have covered to date, leave me a comment and let me know if you think this is true or not.  I had lots of fun recording this one; even if those odd placed kicks in the fast section were giving me a hard time for a couple days.  I may have to skip a month or two of releasing drum covers to get the BIG project done.  Work is always progressing on it but it’s much slower than I want it to be. 

Here on the website, I have been working in the Downloads section a lot.  I never really like the thumbnail pictures I had for the Toontrack EZX/SDX products.  They were all blurry and mis-aligned, so I took the time to create proper ones that are much sharper & cleaner.  This means I had to edit every single download with the new images. 

Additionally, I added two more Superior Drummer 3 Project files to the download list:  Quietdrive – Time After Time and Skillet – Monster.  I’m getting close to getting all of the projects uploaded, if you don’t see the one you are looking for, just ask.

Lastly, I have refreshed the main logo on the top of this page.  My good friend Steve made many of the graphics that was used for our Red Gear band project and I am trying to redo them to my taste.  I have no idea how to redo the animated logo I use at the start of my videos so I just might have to hire someone on Fivver to recreate it for me.  🤷‍♂️

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Let’s Start Off The New Year With A Drum Cover!

Today I have a new drum cover scheduled to be released at 6pm CST and if you are visiting this site before then, you will be the first people to find out what it is before anybody else!  This cover is a group I absolutly love and my most favorite song…Less Than Jake “Look What Happened”.  It’s not a difficult song by any means but I wanted to cover this band for many years and what better way than to kick off the new year?!  Honestly, I needed an easy song to cover so that I can continue my work on the “BIG” project that I am hoping to release by fall of 2022.  Today I was practicing for the next video in this project and I think I am ready to film it tomorrow.  I filmed the first video last week and the ONE person who saw it liked it; thanks Frank.  😎

Ok so what about another collaboration?  I’ve been in talks with Heavy In Hawaii to pick another song to collab on; we just might have something in the works.  It’s difficult because we both have very specific tastes in music and we want the performance to showcase what we are capable of.  For him as a singer, the tune has to be in his vocal range.  The song I chose, I think would work great, has a SUPER KILLER RIFF, and is a new release for a pretty popular band!  

I have already started the drum track and got about 75% done.  Maybe I will do the drum cover for this song for the February drum cover release…we’ll have to see how Heavy In Hawaii is progressing with the tune before I make that decision.  Aside from that, hope you guys have a great new year and love to hear your comments about this website!

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The Work Flow Is Flowing!

My ultimate goal with the YouTube channel is to release a new video once a month.  I’ve been pretty consistent with that but occasionally, I will get into a funk where I do not want to play drums at all.  The collaboration with Heavy In Hawaii (where my work was pretty much done several months prior), I was able to gain some time and start working on drum covers for the future.  The Megadeth drum cover was done 2 weeks before I released it and I filmed another one last night to be released on or around New Years.  Now this will free up time for me to continue work on my “BIG” project and shoot video for what I have done so far.

I’m contemplating on doing a gear review of the IEMs (In-Ear Monitors) that I use.  I just bought another set of them and I am still amazed at how good they sound!  I just am not good with on camera talking and I will probably just look like a dork.  So maybe I post a review about them here and do a YouTube short letting people know to come here to check it out.  Speaking of this website…. why do I have one?  I dunno.  I’ve had websites ever since I started working with computers around 1996, remember Geocities?  Yea I had a website on there!  I just thought people might find the blog interesting (wishful thinking) and find the Superior Drummer 3 downloads useful in someway.  It’s all still early in development and we’ll see where this takes me/us.

Anyways, that’s all I got to say today.

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New Drum Cover & a New Huge Update To Site

Not sure how many people are aware of this, but close friends of Nick Menza are making new music with his drums tracks he did before he passed away.  One of those friends, David Ellefson (ex-Megadeth bassist & bandmate), teased a little snippet of the music created.  Also, I’ve been subscribed to Nick’s YouTube channel for sometime and there has been alot of work & posts on a documentary coming out entitled “This Was My Life – The Story Of Nick Menza”. 

Why am I bringing all this up?  Well the drum cover I released today was mainly because of all the videos I have been watching on Nick Menza.  His drumming is so solid and the kick patterns he uses are just great.  Like the song Captive Honor from the epic album Countdown to Extinction, is a basic song with a simple tempo, but the kick pattern he used in the verses is what drove me to want to cover this song.  Plus it’s one more checked off the list to complete this whole album…which isn’t my goal really.  🤣😂

So enjoy this cover and leave a comment on what you think!

Now, the huge updates with this website.  Yea, I spent alot of time getting this going again.  Many people probably didn’t know that I have/had another website, actually a posting forum, called SD3presets.com.  It’s main purpose was for users of the Toontrack software Superior Drummer 3 to share custom presets they have created with a specialty for ones that sound just like albums of bands.  It’s been running for almost a year and it hasn’t really taken off like I had hoped, although a user named Omega Station, has uploaded quite a few projects of some awesome bands.

So I decided to take the SD3presets site and roll it up into this website so that www.redgearmusic.com will be your one stop shop.  😁  You can find a good majority of the old posts from SD3prests (some posts I chose to not carry over) in our newly created Forums page.  You will need to register to post in the forums but registering also gives you the ability to comment on my blog posts as well!  So win/win?  Hahahah, who knows.  Oh, and if you are looking to find people to collaborate with, you’ll find a section in the forums for that as well!  

I have the next drum cover already in the works.  I am 90% solid during my practice sessions and hope to shoot it by next weekend with a release date for New Years Eve.  It’s a great genre of one my all time favorite bands.  I am super stoked for you guys to check it out!  OH!!!  Slightly modified RedGear Music logo…do you like?

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An Amazing Collab with Heavy in Hawaii & More Site Updates

Yesterday I released probably one of the best collaborations to date that I have ever been a part of.  It’s no suprise that the drum cover I did of Type O Negative’s “I Don’t Wanna Be Me” is my favorite release and when I was sent a rough mix sample of this song for a collaboration, I was floored!  It’s not everyday you can find someone who sings with such a deep bass range like Peter Steele but I just heard it!  You have to check this video out to believe it!  Additionally, this guys guitar work, keyboards, and shit, even video production was awesome.  It was a real pleasure doing this collaboration and hope to do many more in the future with him.

Check out his channel with his version of the video and watch until the end where he gives a recap on the collaboration.

Here on the site, you may notice things seem a little different.  I have spent some time refreshing the page, changing the overall theme, removing some old sections, and adding a FAQ section.  I did some major work on the downloads page, fixing many of the actual Superior Drummer 3 project files, and uploading a couple new ones.  The previous uploads of my SD3 projects were configured for how I use them in my DAW and this might not work out very well for people who download them.  So now, this has been fixed and I also fixed some BPM issues in a couple that were never set in the project file.  My bad!  😏 

I am very close to start filming another drum cover.  The practice sessions have been almost flawless with 1 or 2 mistakes; so I plan to shoot this video before Thanksgiving.  Aside from that, have a great Thanksgiving and leave a comment on that collaboration video if you haven’t already!  🤘🙏

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