"THE BATTLE OF LOVE" recording set-up

After a relatively long period without output, ZIGZO reforms and we are treated to a very new and unique (and awful!) drum sound from Sakura. Let there be no doubt, although this is a beautiful looking set, it sounds dreadful if I may so.


Snare drum: 14"x6.5" Pearl Aluminum Free-Floating
Toms: Pearl Acrylic 14"x8", 16"x16", 18"x16"
Bass drum: Pearl Acrylic 24"x16"

Quite easy to see this from the studio shots.


Snare drum: Remo Coated Ambassador (top), Remo Ambassador Snare Side (bottom)
Toms: Remo Control Sound (top), Remo Clear Ambassador (bottom)
Bass drum: Remo Control Sound (batter), Pearl stock reso head (resonant)

I am not sure it's actually an Ambassador on the snare. It sounds like a Coated Control Sound or something, but I don't see any sort of dot on the head. Not sure how to account for how awful this snare drum sounds! On the record, or live, I cannot get into the sound of this drum at all.


15" Paiste mystery Sound Edge Hi-Hats
15" Paiste 2002 Sound Edge Hi-Hats
22" Paiste 2002 Ride
19", 18", 17", 16" Paiste Formula 602 Crashes
19" Sabian Paragon Chinese

Despite the awful sounding drums, the cymbals ring beautifully on this album. As we can see in the studio shots, he's using Paiste Formula 602s for all crashes and the ride as well (no doubt a 22"). The hats are still mysterious. The right side ones are definitely 15" 2002s, but how much those got used on the recording I'm not sure. The china is still a 19" Sabian Paragon Chinese.

The following photos were posted by Sakura on his Facebook page. These are of his set for "THE BATTLE OF LOVE" recording.