Used during the development of *Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock*: "The process of writing, arranging and ultimately recording began in Satriani's home studio, a spaceship-like enclave containing a Pro Tools HD2 system running on an Apple G5, a set of Roland V-Drums, a couple of keyboards and, of course, a whole lot of guitar amps. (...) "From his professionally tuned shuttle, Satriani recorded 16 or so demos, which he would later use during tracking sessions with drummer Jeff Campitelli and bassist Matt Bissonette. Satriani played drums when he was a teenager; he usually records drum patterns with the V-Drums into MIDI, creates a basic rhythm and then works out the guitar tracks. 'He'll basically build up the entire arrangement and then edit those arrangements in Pro Tools,' says [producer John] Cuniberti. 'Once that's done, he has a choice of attempting either finished guitar parts or just using the demo guitars as a representation for later use. In the studio, there is a point where he, or we, decide which guitars we're going to keep from his demo sessions and which guitars we're going to replace.'"more
"Since I’ve been doing the e-drummer thing for thirty years, I’ve amassed a huge collection of beat boxes, samplers, Wave Drums, plus all the loops and samples, and even several over-priced boat anchors that each still manages to do one special thing that no other box will do. It’s amazing: As useful as the V-Drums, ddrums, BFDs, DFH, Battery, Stylus, and Drumagog all are, I will still at times use an old box like the SDSV or Synare–or even a real drum…that gets processed."more
Persing is the founder of Spectrasonics, a company specializing in developing World Class software 'virtual instruments' since 1994. He has produced dozens of the sampling industry's top selling titles and gone on to create the award-winning Omnisphere, Keyscape, Stylus RMX, Trilian, Atmosphere and Trilogy software virtual instruments. Eric's ground-breaking instruments and sound libraries are the best selling and most widely used in the world. Spectrasonics products are in constant use on thousands of major film, television, music, game and multimedia productions. In addition to being the Creative Director of Spectrasonics, Eric was a longtime consultant and the Chief Sound Designer for Roland Corporation Japan from 1984-2005, creating the key sounds for many popular Roland synthesizers, samplers, CD-ROMs, expansion boards, processors and groove devices - from the vintage Jupiter and JX series, to the legendary D-50, D-70, JD-800/990, R8, S-series samplers, JV-880/1080/2080, the Sound Canvas, JP-8000/8080, MC-505/909, The V-Drums, XV-5080, Fantom series, the V-Synth and many more.more
“I mainly use the V Drums for stage,” he says, “but I am almost thinking right now of going back to an old approach, where I would play like I would live in the studio and use that for the basis of my song ideas. In that case, I think I would use my proper live set up. At various times I have use the V Drums a lot over the years. At the moment I am using the Roland MIDI converter (TMC-6), so it doesn’t have to brain with the drum sounds. It converts your hits on the drums to MIDI, then I trigger them from Ableton Live on the computer. It’s pretty fun!”more
The internal sound banks are great, but I mostly use the V-Drums for recording MIDI beats when I want them to have a more human feel with less quantization. The pads are very sensitive with great velocity response. For some reason, some of the pads will quit working, but unplugging the drums and plugging them back in again seems to fix this problem every time.