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4 Ways to Get a Phat Snare Sound

Nick D'Virgilio shares four tips on creating a bigger snare sound. Nick has selected four DW snare drums for this demonstration, but these tips will apply to a wide range of snare drums. After the video, learn more... Read more »

DW Collector’s Exotic Stradavarius 45th Anniversary Shell Pack at Winter NAMM 2017

Sweetwater stops by the DW booth at Winter NAMM 2017 to check out the Collector's Exotic Stradavarius 45th Anniversary shell pack. After the video, see Sweetwater's complete coverage of the Winter NAMM 2017 trade... Read more »

Winter NAMM 2017: DW Collector’s Exotic Icon Snare

Frank Zappa's "The Black Page," written specifically for drumming icon Terry Bozzio, is a performance and compositional tour de force. The DW Collector's Series Icon Terry Bozzio Black Page snare drum pays tribute... Read more »

Winter NAMM 2017: DW Collector’s Exotic Stradavarius 45th Anniversary Shell Pack

DW Drums is turning 45! And to commemorate nearly a half-century of drum innovation, John Good has dreamed up an exclusive run of shell packs made from Stradivarius spruce — the exact wood responsible for some of... Read more »

Dueling Drummers: Nick D’Virgilio and Mike Johnston of MikesLessons.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zgus-9_jNz0 Find out what happens when two world class drummers join forces in the Sweetwater Performance Theatre. Sweetwater's Nick D'Virgilio is joined by Mike Johnston of... Read more »

DW Collector’s Series Jazz Exotic Shell Pack Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3g5PZzj9GU Nick D'Virgilio presents the DW Collector's Series Jazz Exotic Shell Pack. Collector's Series drums boast exceptional craftsmanship, giving you a shell pack that sounds... Read more »

DW Collector’s Lacquer Custom Purpleheart Shell Pack Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dV21jyF-K60 Nick D'Virgilio presents the DW Collector's Lacquer Custom Purpleheart shell pack. This 7-piece shell pack exhibits excellent attack, projection, and sensitivity, and it's... Read more »

DW Machined Chain Drive Bass Drum Pedal Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pe8ciG4OTFo Nick D'Virgilio present the DW Machined Chain Drive Bass Drum Pedal. Machined from solid aluminum, the DW MCD Machined Chain Drive bass drum pedal offers you the smooth... Read more »

DW Performance Series Satin Oil Drums Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvMolJQs9dY Nick D'Virgilio presents the DW Performance Series Satin Oil drums. Delivering unbelievable resonance and projection thanks to DW's proprietary HVX shell, Performance... Read more »

DW Purple Heart Snare Drum Demo by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tq_3-E1RJDc Nick D'Virgilio presents the DW Purple Heart snare drum. This snare drum exhibits excellent attack, projection, and sensitivity, and it's versatile enough for nearly any... Read more »

The History of DW with John Good, by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaNd6NK7SzE Nick D'Virgilio joins master drum builder John Good, Vice President of DW, to learn about the history of the DW drum company. Since their initial 1972 start as a small... Read more »

Neil Peart’s R40 Retro Drums at Sweetwater GearFest 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wv7UWpIbaQo Nick D'Virgilio talks with Lorne Wheaton, drum tech for Neil Peart, to talk about Neil's drums on display at GearFest 2016. Lorne was on hand all weekend long to answer... Read more »

Chad Wackerman Interview at Sweetwater GearFest 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qe-pPagP0gs World-famous drummer Chad Wackerman sits down with Nick D'Virgilio for this interview at GearFest 2016. Chad deftly fuses the power of rock with the finesse of jazz. His... Read more »

DW Performance Series Finish Ply Drums Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuzGpcSCZMc Nick D'Virgilio presents a custom configuration of DW Performance Series Finish Ply drums. Delivering unbelievable resonance and projection thanks to DW's proprietary HVX... Read more »

How to Mic a Kick Drum by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fU1a_fZvzs0 Mark Hornsby and Nick D'Virgilio offer some tried-and-true techniques for capturing great kick drum tone. For this video Mark has chosen a combination of a Royer R-121... Read more »

DW Collector’s Series Lacquer Top Edge Snare Drum Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmwW2ZUOnAY Sweetwater's Nick D'Virgilio presents the DW Collector's Series Lacquer Top Edge snare drum. Built from 10 plies of maple and mahogany with a premium lacquer finish and... Read more »

DW Collector’s Series Black Iron Snare Drum Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzeTRu1Uk4s Nick D'Virgilio presents the DW Collector's Series Black Iron snare drum. Hand crafted by master drum builder Gregg Keplinger, the DW Collector's Series Black Iron Snare... Read more »

6 Ways to Overcome Drum Volume by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TlGnzDHxUk Sweetwater's Nick D'Virgilio presents six great tips for managing the volume of your drum kit. Whether you're playing live on a crowded stage, or in a studio recording... Read more »

DW Collector’s Series Pure Oak 5-piece Shell Pack Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_vVU7twpDQ Hey drummers, check out the DW Collector's Series Pure Oak 5-piece shell pack! Collector's Exotic Series drums boast exceptional craftsmanship, giving you a shell pack... Read more »

15 Stick Bag Essentials

As a drummer, your stick bag is your toolkit. It should contain everything that you need to play a gig or to get through a session, along with a small assortment of tools that might be needed for minor repairs. Here... Read more »

DW Design Series Mini Pro 4-piece Shell Pack Demo by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOZBXz1N6HE Take a listen to the DW Design Series Mini Pro four-piece shell pack! This is a small, compact kit that packs a surprising punch. The thing that most obviously sets the DW... Read more »

DW Performance Lacquer Series 5-piece Drum Kit Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcZva2Jie7A Hi everybody, this time out I'm playing the DW Performance Lacquer Series 5-piece shell pack. DW's Performance series is a budget-friendly line that makes it easier to get... Read more »

DW Collector’s Exotic 5-piece Shell Pack Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlwbmE0HFCA Let's check out another gorgeous drum kit from DW's Collector's Exotic series - this one features a Clear Rally Stripe Over Tropical Olive finish, with nickel hardware... Read more »

DW Collector’s Exotic Cherry 7-piece Drum Set Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L40Lj5ZSk4M Hey drummers, check out this DW Collector's Exotic Cherry drum kit! You can probably tell from the video that I had a ton of fun playing this kit. The toms have an awesome... Read more »