Who Needs Drums? Cardboard Kick + Stool Snare & Toms = Metal?

Before you pull the Trigger on that new drum kit for your next album, consider this video: this guy gets a pretty bangin’ sound by miking up a cardboard box as his kick drum, two drum thrones for his snare and floor tom (hence why he drums from an office chair) and then using the sound replacing software Trigger from Slate Digital to turn trash into gold.


Really, you can use it to turn anything with a transient into any other sound. This guy could have recorded beautiful drum sounds in a $2000 a day studio and made them sound like a cardboard box and two drum thrones, or barnyard animal noises, or farts. It’s really a spectacular piece of technology (see also Avid’s Sound Replacer, Drumagog, and Massey DRT) and I’ve used one or more of these to get similar results, which, when working on a budget of spit and sealing wax, is nothing short of life-changing.

So, not only is this video good for a laugh, it also displays a bit of ingenuity, which is something that’s sorely needed in this day and age. Really, if you can afford a drum set, for the love of god use that, but in a pinch, hey, is it really any different from electronic drums? Or using trigger components with acoustic drums? If your favorite album has been made in the last 20 years, chances are it has been triggered in some way, shape, or form.

Check out Jimmy Rainsford’s Who Needs Drums? below.

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As Editor-in-Chief of Gear Gods, I've been feeding your sick instrument fetishism and trying unsuccessfully to hide my own since 2013. I studied music on both coasts (Berklee and SSU) and now I'm just trying to put my degree to some use. That's a music degree, not an English one. I'm sure you noticed.

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  • Skilled or not skilled? That is something for future metalheads to argue about. Also his sample kit is 1000x better than the one on the new Rings of Saturn singles, and they’re supposed to pros

  • Sounds good to me, tight but not clicky.

  • Looks like sound replacement and not triggers to me.

    • The tool in pro tools is called trigger,… that’s not actually what it is.

  • Nice proof of concept, however properly pads or drums designed or correctly set up for triggering also take advantage of dynamics. Items not designed/set up specifically for the purpose lose touch sensitivity and the player’s characteristics. Then again, that’s why you pay more for the gear than a cardboard box.

  • So just completely replace the sound with sterile Steven Slate drums. No dynamics whatsoever.

    • Dynamics are in how it’s played,… not what it sounds like….

      • Incorrect. Sound/sample dynamics play a huge role in creating a more natural triggered drum sound.

        • On more digital sounding releases its more of a change in timbre than it is dynamics, creating the illusion of the drummers original dynamic without compromising definition in the mix.

  • Amusing, but with all the samples being used you might as well just use a drum machine.

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