How Rick Allen Uses Electronic Drums (Def Leppard)

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  • Published on:  12/8/2017
  • Def Leppard's drummer Rick Allen has an incredible drumset. It's half acoustic and half electronic, here's how it all works:

    Trigger pedals he's used:
    Custom Prototypes
    Shark Pedals
    Axis Custom Trigger pedals

    Pads:
    He’s used the Simmons SDS9 pads (six of them) for kick, snare, toms. I even saw a picture of him using some DDrum pads at one point. He switched to Hart Dynamics AcuPads, later to the Hammered Chrome shells. Lately, he’s been on the Pintech train. He uses Concert-Cast Mesh Pads, 2 Bar Triggers from Pintech. He’s also using acoustic shells that have been converted with Pintech trigger systems inside. When he uses an acoustic snare, he’s got a DDrum Acoustic Pro Snare Trigger. That snare mic is just a backup in-case the trigger breaks. Three hats have triggers built into them.

    MODULES:
    In the past he’s been seen using the legendary Simmons SDX Module. At one point he ran his pads ran into a Simmons MTM Midi Interface, and that ran into a Akai S900 Sampler (samples of his own drums and Simmons SD7 sounds)

    Today:
    Every pad and pedal runs into a Sub-Snake (A and B Rigs use Whirlwind, The C-Rig Uses a Radial snake. That sub-snake runs to a rack unit where the drum tech is. C-Rigs uses Moto 24io Converters (A and B Rigs use M Audio Delta 1010s) The converters run to 2 laptops (one is for backup)
    2x: US Audio AB8 (can switch between the two computers here)
    2x: Radial SW8 MK2
    Grace 902 Headphone Amplifiers (running to PCIE cards mounted in expansion chassis on the Rack that are routed to express card slots)
    Furman P 3600 ARG Power Conditioner
    Universal Power Input box that takes anypower from around the world and outputs 60hz 120 Volts
    UPS battery backup
    He’s got RJM MasterMind GT Pedal Board to change kit presets between songs. Rick has one on stage, and the Drum tech has one backstage too.
    Rack Weighs 450 Pounds
    Going through all the Rack units, there’s a total latency of 2.1 Milliseconds and Rick uses Dave Clark Headphones.

    His Drum Tech Does a Crazy Indepth Walkthrough in Two videos:
    https://www.201tube.com/video/5KuV7ZaNEp0/video.html
    https://www.201tube.com/video/1nBdxAWVz9M/video.html

    Article from modern Drummer magazine in 1988
    https://www.moderndrummer.com/2011/12/def-leppards-rick-allen-perseverance/

    DrumSet Overhead Drone Shots:
    https://www.201tube.com/video/FKyFW3dpTpY/video.html

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