I remember being at a wedding reception with a live band with an A kit. When the drummer did a long snare roll, it sounded like machine gunning. Since this was an A kit you can definitely attribute it to his playing style (Machine Gunning; Style Points, is a whole 'nother thread) and NOT the snare drum.
Has there been any lengthy dicussion over the fact that a lot of folks, or at least some number greater than a few, reviewing the whole "machine gunning" effect are;
1. novices at best
2. have not developed enough play style to not machine gun even on an A kit snare
3. how discernable is it to general audiences at the dives most of us on the Forums are playing to at one time or another
4. which module/brand is most notorious for this
5. what is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?
I only mention this because I feel, in my opinion, which is totally based on alcohol induced memory lapses, fanboy rage, tone deaf audio skills, and the general firing of semi automatic and automatic rifles, that *some* of this mysterious *machine gunning* is in part on the bad playing skill of the *drummer*. What I mean is, when I do a snare roll, there are lots of subtle nuances in speed/intensity of each strike in rapid succession with just enough variance to NOT sound like machine gunning. Because Roland acknowledges to some degree that machine gunning can be done on one or more of their modules, one of the selling points of superNatural on the TD30 was that the module puts these subtle nuances into each strike for you, thus, supposedly eliminating machine gunning. At least this is how it was explained to me at NAMM when they introduced the thing.
What do you guys think? Are we dealing with a fair amount of stiff, crappy snare rollers or is everyone doomed to machine gunning no matter what they do or how they play?