Ludwig 3-ply sound demo

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I figured I'd upload this as a sonic reference for anyone interested.

Recorded this a couple of years back, shortly after I picked up my 3-ply Ludwig kit. Mainly wanted a quick read on how the drums recorded at various tunings. Kept playing pretty simple, just trying to highlight the tones of the drums.

Kit specs: Black Cortex early-'70s 3-ply clear int. drums: 8x12 (last tuning only) / 9x13 / 16x16 / 14x22
Snare: 5x14 '66 Supra

Tom heads: coated Emp/clear Amb
Kick: coated Emad/Fiberskyn reso
Snare: coated Amb/Amb snare

Rack toms were on a snare stand with some foam iso.

Five tunings:

- Low/dead :)00)
- Med (1:24)
- High (2:48)
- Jazzy (3:36)
- Med again, substituting the 8x12 for the 13 (5:48)

Cymbals: '70s 15" K Canada hats / 20" K Con Medium

Recording: 3 condenser mics in Glyn Johns setup
 

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JulianFernandez said:
Sounds cool... Thanks for sharing! About time for me to grab a 3 ply! :D
No problem!

I would look into the different variations of 3-plies, though. They don't all sound quite the same. The kit in this demo is a '70s clear interior. Maple/poplar shell. I've heard they were cutting the edges a little sharper during that era. These drums are actually very resonant with quite a bit of sustain, as you can hear.

The '60s mahogany/poplar shells supposedly have a more rounded bearing edge and will give you more of that prototypical short, "thuddy" tone, if that's what you want.
 


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