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    I attended the Villa Park V-drum clinic (near Chicago). Steve Fisher was the main presenter, with a couple Roland guys there for support.

    I don't have much time but here are some highlights:

    Most importantly: We are heard! Fisher says he visits Vdrums.com all the time, as do some of the Japanese engineers. Seems Fisher has a lot of input on product development. He loves the site, is impressed by the technical knowledge many of our esteemed posters, and encourages the curious to visit for information.

    There will not be a TDW-2. Roland's opinion is that those of us who have the TDW-1 would miss our TDW-1 features; apparently you can't have both. Roland figures its best to work on other developments, such as...

    The TD-12. Tight-lipped. No info available.

    The new V-drum amp will be available by summer. Fisher says it's incredibly loud. He gave the specs but I can't remember them; I'm sure they're the same as posted previously. One interesting features is that you can connect the amp to your module via the headphone output; allowing you to control your own monitoring via the headphone volume knob. He wouldn't comment on the price.

    I was surprised to meet Brian and Eric, the Vdrums.com administrators. Quite the smashing lads. Nice to put names and faces together, not to mention chatting about the site. Apparently the visitor volume here is tremendous. The only other Vdrums.com regular who was there was CPGrossman. I was a little disappointed that no other Vdrum.com regulars showed, but it was an awkward day and time.

    Questions were asked, tips were given -- Fisher said to crank up the scan time on your CY-15R bell for better triggering. Someone asked if you could use the PM-3 for live gigs. If only they visited Vdrums.com.

    Well, time's up. If I think of anything else, I'll add.

    DJourg



  • #2
    Great post, DJourg. You da man! Nice info. And as you said: "Most importantly: we are heard!"

    Could this be the beginning of a real buzz about the fabled TD-12? Hmm. If it is indeed under development, then I have the following advice for Roland's engineers:

    1. Read our "Wishlist"
    2. Read our "Wishlist"
    3. Read our "Wishlist"

    We are V-drummers, hear us roar
    In numbers to big too ignore
    And we know too much to go back and pretend....
    TD-30 / SPD-SX

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    • #3
      Originally posted by feefer:
      Uh, Mick, do you really think we should adapt an old Helen Reddy song as our VDrums.com theme song?

      Chris
      Golly, gee willikers Feef. I think Helen Reddy is groovy. What's wrong with that?
      Kit Pic 1 Kit Pic 2 Kit Pic 3... And FOR SALE I have: 3 PD-9's, MDS-10 purple rack w/cables/pad and cym mounts. See classified posts for details or PM me.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by feefer:
        Uh, Mick, do you really think we should adapt an old Helen Reddy song as our VDrums.com theme song?

        Chris
        I know, I know. It's just that I was feeling a bit anthemic after reading DJourg's post, and.....well....dammit, I couldn't think of another song! Perhaps it would have made more sense if Bermuda had done it instead of me .....

        P.S. This may be the unconscious residue of a conversation I had at work today with some of my colleagues. We were talking about all these women's channels such as Lifetime, Oxygen, We, etc., and how there were no male equivalents. Men's channels, as it were. And then it hit me: "Nitrogen---television for men!" Football, Bodyshaping with Kiana, car repair programs, Charles Bronson movies.......anybody want to help me write the theme music?
        TD-30 / SPD-SX

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        • #5
          First off, no Minor chords. We're talking Major, Major chords.
          Immensely powerful yet with a liquid cat-quick elegance

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          • #6
            I wanted to add, for you jazz enthusiasts, recent Roland purchasers include Jack DeJohnette, who has a V-Session, and no less than the almighty Elvin Jones, who has a Handsonic!

            I've heard DeJohnette's new duet album with John Surman (I think it's called "Invisible Nature") and I could swear he was playing some kind of Roland e-perc. I looked at the case and it didn't specify. Fisher confirmed that he bought a V-session.

            Not sure what Elvin's doing witht he Handsonic, but I can't wait to hear.

            DJourg

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            • #7
              Hey, DJourg. Sorry I missed the clinic. My wife is ready to burst with child any day. I didn't even know there were other Chicago vdrummers on this site. I wonder how many more there are.... If you play reguarly in town, let me know. I'd like to hear you play. (and any other Chicago drummers as well!)
              V-Custom w Roland TD-8 and and Alesis DM5, DIY edrums

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              • #8
                Zen,

                Congratulations on the impending addition to the family. I'm actually from Brookfield, went to Gross School, went to R.B. I have a grandmother who lives there who I visit regularly.

                I don't play out at all, alas. Do you play out at all?

                There are quite a few Chicago area V-drummers. Maybe we should have a V-drummers Unite in Chicago like the proposed Seattle-ites.

                DJourg

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                • #9
                  Holy $%^&! A fellow Gross School/RB Alumni! It is quite a small world. I actuallt live in Palos Hills now, just haven't changed the profile. I haven't tried to because I'm not sure how. I do play out quite a bit. And yes, Chicago VDrummers should Unite! Any way, enouph of my sillyness. Perhaps we should post this somewhere else so that Chicago Vdrummers would actually read it!
                  V-Custom w Roland TD-8 and and Alesis DM5, DIY edrums

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Boingo:
                    Golly, gee willikers Feef. I think Helen Reddy is groovy. What's wrong with that?
                    Her favorite group was Helen Reddy-Zappa

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                    • #11
                      Her favorite group was Helen Reddy-Zappa[/B]
                      "No: Twisted Sister!!!" --Zappa

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                      • #12
                        i wanted her more than pete's dragon did.
                        mmmmmmmmmmmmm.........helen ready,mmmmmmmmmmmmmm.


                        did i just say that outloud?
                        -i can levitate birds and no one cares-----------V-CONCERT,CY12H-CY15R/SPD-20-XP-60 V-STUDIO 1824CD,DAUZ PADS,NO RYTHYM AND MISC.CRAP 9"HART SPLASH/AKAI S5000/ASSLOAD OF SAMPLES

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                        • #13
                          How boring was the clinic?? VERY-I almost walked out of there hating the V's but then I thought about it.............NO WAY!!
                          the V's are the bomb-I would have to think that they need to bring in some younger roland reps-people who are in touch with todays roland needs-not STEVE FISHER!!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by BOOM:
                            How boring was the clinic?? VERY-I almost walked out of there hating the V's but then I thought about it.............NO WAY!!
                            the V's are the bomb-I would have to think that they need to bring in some younger roland reps-people who are in touch with todays roland needs-not STEVE FISHER!!
                            Could you expand on this some? Did he do a presentation for complete novices and you hated it because you already knew everything? Did he use Lawerence Welk samples to play to? You didn't like how he dressed or wore his hair? Did he not know what he was talking about?

                            All I know is you think he is out of touch with young people and is a boring speaker. I wouldn't want to go out of my way to see this guy if he is that bad, so could you provide some detail? thanks....
                            Kit Pic 1 Kit Pic 2 Kit Pic 3... And FOR SALE I have: 3 PD-9's, MDS-10 purple rack w/cables/pad and cym mounts. See classified posts for details or PM me.

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                            • #15
                              I really coulndt get into specifics of the actuall clinic-because you should go just to see what its all about-then youll realize!!!
                              Its alot of demos and talking-but they should really catch up with the times-drummers need to see more-MIDI should be more present-Classic drummers always act like classic drummers-Just go for yourself and youll see!!

                              [This message has been edited by BOOM (edited April 26, 2002).]

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