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Re: ugly racks of gear AND Re: Sit or Stand? Guitarist and Bassists only

Heh!  McRorie is a nice guess, but nope.

This guy was -- and still is -- a fricking gear genius (not to imply that 
McRorie isn't, however).  We started the studio back about '87 or '88, and 
he had built his own MIDI trap kit from scratch.  It didn't look that much 
different from the V-Drums that Roland released almost ten years later, 
although it was a stylistically a bit more of a drum "cage" than the 
V-Drums.  At that time, it was Simmons, Clavia (i think), and Dynacord 
pretty much owned the market there.

The triggers that McRorie uses on his feet don't look too different from 
the ones that my business partner John built.  They're actually nothing 
more than Radio Shack piezos soldered up to one end of a guitar cable and 
plugged into a MIDI trigger brain (we used a Roland PM-16, at the time).  
velcro strap holds them onto your foot, and *viola* your kick drum is 
positioned wherever your foot happens to be.  The best part of their 
innovation is their simplicity.

Unfortunately, John was as talented as a chef as he was as a 
musician/engineer, and that's where he's making his money today.  He still 
plays music, but mostly for himself when last we talked.


At 01:13 PM 2/22/2005, Travis Hartnett wrote:
>He wasn't McRorie was he?
>On Tue, 22 Feb 2005 12:49:38 -0600, Mech <mech@m3ch.net> wrote:
> > At 07:36 AM 2/22/2005, Weg wrote:
> >
> >
> > (one of my old studio partners was a fantastic electronic drummer.  he 
> > up with this idea to not only replace his kick drum pedals, but totally
> > eliminate his physical kick drums altogether.)
> >