With a background in Music and Theatre Arts James Squires once again steps onto the stage, this time with a new cajon drum set up: The Meinl Percussion Jumbo Bass Subwoofer Cajon is played through a Bose L1 Model II system with B2 bass sub-woofer (below – right). I have found that this cajon has for me the best low-end bass sound out of all the other cajon I have sampled/played. The LP foot peddle adds the advantage of being able to use the right foot for Bass Kick Drum like a standard set of drums. High-hat and a percussion tree round out the possibilities of sounds that I added.
The Bose Tone-match control panel allows me to fine tune the Bass and snare sounds and give them a real presence in the room. It also handles my Samson vocal microphone. A Samson drum mic kit includes 5 microphones – I use one to handle the kick drum and one to handle the snare end.
Currently playing with Ice Bob as Diamond Jim. Sundays at Ted’s Shed with a select group of acoustic players. Tuesday nights is more electric eclectic at the Shop Jam in Stuart FL. Playing out and about at a few gigs here and there with a whole bunch of wonderful players from the Jupiter FL area in a 10+ piece group called Nip and Tuck. We are at the Brewhouse in Lake Park every third Sunday night. Also I recently joined the SMG (working title) sextet as male lead vocalist and percussion. We are just working up our set lists now.
My traditional full drum kit I purchased from a drummer who played with a Beatles tribute band. So it was set up and tuned in the Ringo style. However I added the two additional Toms back into the kit (plus a set of OctaBongs) which is unlike Ringo’s rig.
Another device I picked up is the Boss RC-505 Loop Station. It has five channels so you can continue to add all kinds of looped tracks in a live situation or record them into it’s internal memory. The unit is controlled by hand as opposed to the traditional foot style guitar type loop machines.
Another acquisition was the Roland Handsonic HPD-20. Played like a conga with the hands it is a lot easier than carrying around several sets of drums. The whole thing fits into a backpack – arrive plug in and play. It sounds great going through the Bose L1 Model II system (mentioned above). This device has over 100 sampled drum kits from the factory and I have added many custom kits. I sampled my cajon kit (mentioned above) and now can easily carry it (and a hundred plus other drum sets) around with me without having to load up all those drums! When I plug this into the Looper the possibilities are endless.
To be more portable I added a KAT Percussion KA2 Digital Drum Amplifier into the mix and this has become my main amp for the kit. The Bose is great for larger needs but this small unit packs a nice sound. Specifically made for digital drums and compact it allows me to use it as a monitor and control all my settings from the front panel next to me. An XLR AUX output allows me to plug into larger systems and sound boards – or direct into the Bose.
Somewhere along the line in October of 2017 I purchased my new Pearl Export drum kit . I have this set up in the house with a set of Zildjian low volume cymbals and Remo silent stroke drum heads. This allows me to practice at low volume saving my ears and neighbors the full volume effects.
My latest acquisition is the Roland Octapad SPD-30 – this is a kit to be played with sticks and it adds a whole level of tom tom fills and cymbals crashes to my otherwise hand played sounds. It arrived today and I have been checking out all the different built in kits and getting used to it. The Cuban percussion set up is quite impressive.