Album Prep: the perfect ride

I am thrilled to be including a new arrangement of “Drum Dances” by John Psathas on my upcoming album Katana of Choice: New Works for Drumset Soloist. Originally for drumset and piano, this will be the premiere recording of Architek Percussion‘s very own arrangement for drumset and keyboard percussion. Architek member Ben Duinker has done an amazing job putting this arrangement together.

Today, while rehearsing the 4th movement, I could not decide on what Ride Cymbal was best for the job. So I have made a video of two Ride heavy moments in “Drum Dances” in hopes that you all can help me choose.

I have narrowed it down to the following three options. Each Ride is unique with complex tones and colour, while also having a distinct bell sound. The composer has specifically written in every bell hit you hear, so a clear, sharp bell attack is a must. The cymbals are:

Sabian 22″ Prototype (#1), Sabian 21″ Vault Crossover and another 22″ Sabian Prototype (#2)

Check out this video and let me know what sounds best by commenting here or on Facebook.

Thanks for your help!

1 Comment

  1. I like the 3rd (Sabian 22″ Prototype) . That dark bell sound just seems better for some reason. On the second excerpt I still like the Prototype…just seems to meld better but I guess it depends on the mood you’re going for.

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