I think this is it! Cons and a Cluster

Josh Vibert

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I received my 20" Cluster Crash Saturday. I think it's everything I hoped it would be. Sounds great from behind the kit and on "tape" as well. I also flipped the kit back around in my office space. A little more crowded in the room, but everything sounds better not facing the wall. Just a bunch of noodling to try and get an idea of the sounds, but I think this setup is going to work great!

Starts out with the 20" cluster on the left and 22" K Con MTL on the right. Then, swap the right side out for a 20" K Con Ren. Then finish with the two Cons paired: 20" Renaissance on the left and 22" Medium Thin Low on the right. DW Collectors, 6.5" Black Beauty, and some 60's 800gr 14" hats. Into a single Blue Snowball USB mic and Garageband. Need to raise the mic a bit next time...little too much kick coming through.

 

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It all sounds great. My biased opinion is that it sounds best with the two KCons paired. The cluster crash is a great cymbal, but I also have a 22 MTL and 20 Renaissance that I use together all the time when going with a two cymbal set up.
You can’t go wrong with your line up.

I constantly change between 20 MTH, 20 Ren, 22 Ren and 22 MTL.
 

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Drums sound good. I'd go Ren left, Cluster right. I thought the MTL got lost in the mix and is too low as much as I love the 22 MTL's. The Cluster is a 20" K crash, right? Interesting....
 

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You could throw one more stand into the mix...Ren Left, MTL right, cluster far right.

I recently bought a softer felt bass drum beater (Vic Firth) and it solves the “too much kick” problem, especially for jazz....though wouldn’t be ideal for rock.

Nice playing by the way!
 


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