Jimmy Chamberlin found his drum tone while a member of The Smashing Pumpkins through years of making adjustments to his drum set while recording and touring with the band, until he found the best possible combination of gear for the job.

In this video produced by Reverb.com, Jimmy demonstrates how cutting through a mix and articulating your drum tone isn’t always dependent upon having the loudest, most powerful drum sounds.  He talks about the importance of finding sonic space for drums and cymbals within the available “usable midrange” in a guitar-heavy band setting, in which much of the frequency range is already occupied. He also talks about what he learned about recording drums from esteemed producer/engineers Roy Thomas Baker and Mark “Flood” Ellis.