tbart: I play whatever the producers and engineers want. I was playing a 26 for a while, but I found this really great sounding 14 x 24 shell, and Sam Bacco refurbished it. It's Gretsch, of course.
As technology changes, as well as trends in making and mixing music for whatever format is being currently used, the recording drumset continues to evolve. Currently, popular music is being recorded and mixed for I-Pods, usually with earbuds, or for car audio. Therefore things are compressed so much more than before. With the compression, comes the fight for frequency space. Smaller drums are in the frequency range of other instruments and the vocal. Engineers and producers, for most music, like a bass drum that is short in decay, but has plenty of low lows, and a little bit of SNAP in the upper frequencies, to add definiton. Therefore, the larger bass drums and the SubKick for capturing it in the studio. Also, with the dynamic compression, the smaller toms are fighting for sonic space with the vocal and guitars. When you play a tom fill under a vocal, the larger toms don't conflict with the vocal and guitars frequency wise. The engineer can keep the drums up and popping under that vocal, or guitar as well.
My job is to provide not only my drumming ability, but the instruments that create the sounds that they want. If in the next few years, things evolve to smaller drums again, I still have my 10 and 12 toms, and my 22, 20 and 18 bass drums. But for now, that is not what we're doing. As long as I'm getting called to play on things, I don't mind playing big drums. It's fun. Of course playing small drums is fun, too. It's the PLAYING part that I care about.
Edited by TommyWells, 04 January 2013 - 01:32 PM.