Drum review: Yamaha Live Custom live-off-the-floor in the studio. Part III, a snippet of footage I thought you’d enjoy.


This extra video footage is unlit, unaffected, and au naturel. For a modest price the Yamaha Live Custom, with new thicker oak shells, made in China at the Yamaha Factory, is a best buy. They are emphatically pro and, as you see, studio-worthy. Zoom-worthy, even. Both drums and hardware are as tough as nails.

Pic from studio review, T Bruce Wittet, Yamaha Live Custom, showing Phil Bova & Sean Browne Engineer, producer Phil Bova shares joke with Yamaha drum dircector Seane Brown, kneeling in awe of Yamaha Live Custom

I’ve done a slew of gigs in weeks subsequent to this studio drum review and, honest, when I play my own drums (the review drums are long gone…but their like will hit your local drum shop soon) and I wait for that eruption I got from the Yamaha Live Custom in a mid-sized studio, Bova Sound. You can see the way I smile when I go to the floor tom a few times more than taste would dictate. Thanks to Phil Bova for the wonderful bass playing; when we get around to syncing the board mix to the video, you will hear him properly. I can’t even tell if he’s playing during this excerpt. I expect so because, in the absence of a click, he’s keeping me honest, steering me right. And I though you’d appreciate this just to hear the drums once again in a controlled but unaffected room.

The drums do go to tape well. I suspect this and might have tried it but we were limited to a 3-hour call and recorded to digital. Again, though, this footage is live off the Zoom Q2HD.

Speaking nerds, drummers advisory: Note that I break into a Larrie Londin straight-eighths left-hand shuffle. I corned him on this in my youth, may Larrie rest in piece (and not roll over due to my sketchy rendition of his masterful version). I’ve done it on record many times and it always seems to work…despite my loose approach, go figure.

Right, and thanks, as usual, to Nick Costa, DC area fabulous drummer for his advice.

Listen: I know this is head and shoulders footage: you want to see the freaking drums. I didn’t shoot any of this but I accept blame on account of me shooting similarly ill-lit footage around this moment in time, meaning the first week I owned the Zoom Q2HD, an admirable unit that aspires to greatness in audio and video; for the latter, as I’ve learned (and you, too) you need lighting. Available light will not turn the trick, as you see plainly herein. I like the sound of the drums and feel, though. Can you tell?