A small rant

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Sonor Jungle Kit

A small rant…

Sonor Jungle KitDue to my increasing age, in the past year I have made a massive effort to decrease the amount of gear I haul around to gigs.

So far I have:

  • switched to a Sonor Jungle kit for small to medium gigs, with a 16” bass drum, 10” tom, 14” floor tom, plus a 14” snare
  • cut down to 2x crashes, 1x ride, 1x hi-hat (sometimes only 1x crash)
  • Minimised hardware, utilising DW6000 lightweight cymbal and hi-hat stands (all hardware minus bass pedal fits in a 28” Hardcase hardware box).

However, I still need to bring some electronic equipment to most gigs – notably a Roland SPD-S (1 case), Mixer and Yamaha Clickstation (1 case), 2 microphone stands and 1 SPDS stand (1 bag), microphones, power supplies, extension leads and cables (1 case).

That’s 4 additional things to carry.

I can set up my minimal drum kit in only 15 minutes or so, but it’s the mics, cables and electronics that take the time.

Here’s the set up:

  • Personal Mixer (for in-ears) – takes Aux feed from PA, plus direct feeds from the SPD-S and Clickstation for my personal mix
  • 2x microphones to PA
  • SPD-S – feeds to PA and my mixer
  • Clickstation – feeds to my mixer

Whilst this sounds very easy (and, to be fair, is hardly a complex setup), it still almost doubles the amount of time I require to set up or break down my gear. Don’t get me wrong; I love using samples etc with the bands I work with, but it’s a pain in the backside!

Any hints on how to cut down even more would be much appreciated!