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Drums, Life, and Everything in Between:
Understanding the Drum Kit on a Fundamental Level

Presented by
Dave Delozier - SIR
Don Gunn - Recording and Live Sound Engineer
Steve Smith - Seattle Drum School
Seth Tomlinson - Acoustician
The Pacific Northwest Section of the AES
The Robert Lang Academy Student AES Section

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016, 7:30pm
Robert Lang Studios, Shoreline, WA
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Join us as we make a study of the elements of a typical drum set, with a focus on performance techniques, drum materials and physics, mic placement and applications. We'll hear from professionals in various aspects of drumming, drum teching, acoustical engineering, and recording engineering who have had many decades of experience, good and bad, with the subject.

We'll be looking at and listening to different drums, heads, sticks, tuning methods, microphone and playing techniques, as well as the results of changing any of those parameters.

NOTE: Because of very limited seating capacity (under 50 seats), this meeting will be open to AES Members (student, associate, and full member) only, with a sign up list. To reserve your spot, send an email to along with your AES member number. If you aren't a member, you can send your request in, and you'll be added to the END of the list. If there are still spaces available by Sunday the 27th, we will take non-member names from the list in the order received. You'll get an email to let you know.

Everyone can reserve one seat; reserving seats for others will not be allowed (it's been trouble in the past). Everyone must make their own request.


Dave Delozier, rental manager and drum tech for Studio Instrument Rentals (S.I.R.) Seattle
Don Gunn, recording and live sound engineer who worked for a drum manufacturer for some years
Steve Smith, founder and owner Seattle Drum School, drummer
Seth Tomlinson, acoustician, The Greenbusch Group Inc.


Marlie Pesek - Robert Lang Studios
Dan Mortensen - PNW AES Section

Let Us Hear Your Music!

We've decided that although we talk a lot at our meetings about how to better record and play back music, we never play any when we are together. We invite you to bring your own music to share with the group at each meeting.

There are two listening opportunities: 30 minutes before the meeting, and 15-20 minutes at the intermission/break.

The music can be something that you recorded, or played on, or someone else's material that you enjoy. We (Rick & Dan) reserve the right to adjust the volume and EQ of all music while it's being played. Ideally you would create a special version of the material that fades or ends at the requisite time. We will provide a stereo playback system (no subs) and a CD player, but any other format needs to have its own hardware and terminate in a pair of 1/4" tip-sleeve phone plugs.

At the conclusion, you have about a minute to describe what we just heard.

Interested? Contact Rick Chinn to let him know you want the slot, and tell him which one. The 2nd person to reply gets the remaining slot, whichever one it is. 3rd and 4th should bring their music to the meeting incase of a no-show. There are other details. They and other terms and conditions can be found here.

Dan Mortensen
AES PNW 2016-2017 Section Chair

n.b. The material presented at our meetings is the opinion of the presenter and not necessarily that of the Society. You are encouraged to conduct your own research and to form your own opinions before adopting the presented material as Truth.

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