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OOS Tour Drums
Configuration
Hullabaloo Era Drums
Configuration
Absolution Tour Drums
Configuration
BH&R Tour Drums
Configuration
Resistance Tour Drums
Resistance Tour Configuration
The 2nd Law Configuration
The 2nd Law B-stage Configuration
Dom Recording Drones
Dom Recording Drones
Gretsch Kit in matte black
DW Collectors Series Kit in Black Ice
Q Drum Co. Mahogany Kit in black with gold double stripe
Q Drum Co. Mahogany Kit in black with gold double stripe
Q Drum Co. Mahogany Kit in black with gold double stripe
Q Drum Co. Mahogany Kit in black with gold double stripe
DW Collectors Series Kit in Black Gloss
Q Drum Co. Stainless Steel Kit with white double stripe
Q Drum Co. Stainless Steel Kit with white double stripe
Q Drum Co. Copper Kit with black double-stripe
Q Drum Co. Copper Kit with black double-stripe
Q Drum Co. Birch Kit in matte white
Yamaha Recording Custom Kit in Quartz Grey
Dom Recording Simulation Theory
Gretsch Renown Maple White Marine Pearl Drum Kit
Q Drum Co. High Polished Stainless Steel Kit with white double-stripe
Q Drum Co. High Polished Stainless Steel Kit with white double-stripe
DW Performance Copper Kit
DW Performance Kit in Black Galaxy
Q Drum Co. Matte White Birch Kit with acrylic double-stripe
Q Drum Co. Matte White Birch Kit with acrylic double-stripe
Q Drum Co. Stainless Steel Finish Birch Kit with acrylic double-stripe
Q Drum Co. Stainless Steel Finish Birch Kit with acrylic double-stripe
Drums in opening of Simulation Theory Tour shows
Drums during Dig Down/The Void/Undisclosed Desires
Drums during Pray

Contents

Please Note: This page is under major re-working and re-formatting. Hope to have the page done by Jan 2020 - BTec DomHoward

Dom's Drums

Dom had an exclusivity contract with Tama drums. He has had many kits several of which have been destroyed during performances. Here it all is. All drums with chrome hardware unless otherwise stated. As of The Resistance Era Dom has apparently switched contracts to DW.

Unknown Period

  • This section is for drums whose time of life is unknown.
  • British racing green Starclassic Maple kit
  • Brown fade Starclassic Maple kit
  • Marigold sparkle Starclassic Maple kit with chrome hardware
    • As Seen On: Hullabaloo DVD2
  • Unidentifiable low-end black Pearl kit (Forum, perhaps)


Early Days

  • Black Tama Starclassic Performer
    • Used: Live, As Seen On: Muscle Museum II clip, Fate: mortal wound dealt by Matthew
  • Red w/ silver stripe on kick DW
    • Used: Live, As Seen On: Muscle Museum II clip, Fate: guitared in the face by Matthew
  • Unidentifiable yellow kit
    • Used: Live, As Seen On: Muscle Museum II clip, Fate: unknown but the smart money says that Matt thoroughly owned it
  • Brown Peavey kit ( possibly a Peavey Radial Pro 1000 ) with distinctive collars around the tom bearing edges (Peavey logo can be seen in this image: [1])
    • Used: Live, As Seen On: Muscle Museum II clip, Fate: as above
  • Black Yamaha Recording Custom kit
    • Used: Uno clip, As Seen On: Uno clip, Fate: Unknown
  • Nondescript DW kick drum and 14x5.5 matching snare
    • Used: Sunburn clip, As Seen On: Sunburn clip, Fate: Unknown


Origin Of Symmetry period

  • Matte Black Pearl Masters kit and 14x6.5 LB417 Ludwig Black Beauty snare
    • Used: New Born clip, As Seen On: New Born clip, Fate: Unknown
  • Silver Sparkle Sparkle Tama Starclassic Maple kit and 14x5.5 matching snare
    • Used: Live, recording Origin of Symmetry, Plug In Baby, Hyper Music and Feeling Good clips, As Seen On: Plug In Baby, Hyper Music and Feeling Good clips, Fate: Brokeded by Matt and Chris
    • 22x16,12x10,14x14,16x16
  • White Matte Starclassic Maple Kit with hollographic tama emblem.
    • Used: As with the silver sparkle tama, the white starclassic was used during the origin of symmetry tour of japan in 2001, Fate: Dismembered by matt and chris during bliss in their final show of the tour.
  • Blue and Red DW kit and Orange 14x5.5 DW snare
    • Used: Recording Origin of Symmetry
    • Blue: 22x18,14x12 Red: 12x8,16x14


Dead Star/In Your World period

  • Blue Sparkle Tama Starclassic Maple kit and 14x6.5 Ludwig Black Beauty snare (hammered shell, Imperial lugs)
    • Used: Dead Star and In Your World clips and live, As Seen On: Dead Star and In Your World clips and Hullabaloo DVD1, Fate: demolished by Matt
    • 22x16,12x9,14x14,16x16


Absolution period

  • Amber, Red, Yellow and Blue Vistalite kit
    • Used: Stockholm Syndrome USA clip, As Seen On: Stockholm Syndrome USA clip, Fate: Unknown)
    • 12x8,13x9,16x16,22x16
  • Custom Chrome Tama Starclassic Maple kit with custom black powdercoated hardware and matching 14x6.5 snare
    • Used: live, As Seen On: Absolution Tour DVD, Fate: Matthewed many times (this kit was reincarnated at least thrice).
    • 22x18,12x8,14x12,16x13
  • Yamaha Maple Custom Advantage kit and 14x5.5 Yamaha Brass snare
    • Used: Time Is Running Out Clip, As Seen On: Time Is Running Out clip, Fate: Unknown
  • Blue DW kit and matching 14x5 snare
    • Used: sessions for Apocalypse Please, Time Is Running Out, The Small Print, Thoughts of A Dying Athiest, Sing For Absolution and Fury, As Seen On: Absolution Bonus DVD, Fate: Unknown
  • Composite Kit
    • Used: recording Apocalypse Please march, As Seen On: Absolution Bonus DVD
    • 22x18 black walnut satin Ayotte, 22x18 blue opal DW
  • Composite Kit
    • Used: recording Ruled By Secrecy, As Seen On: Absolution Bonus DVD)
    • 22x18 black walnut satin Ayotte, 12x9 and 16x16 blue sparkle Tama Starclassic Maple toms, 14x5 silver DW snare
  • Composite Kit
    • Used: practicing before recording Ruled By Secrecy, As Seen On: Absolution Bonus DVD
    • 22x18 black walnut satin Ayotte, 14x5.5 silver sparkle Tama Starclassic Maple snare


Black Holes and Revelations period

  • Composite kit
    • Used: recording the album
    • Wooden kick, 12x8, 14x12 and 16x14 clear Ludwig Vistalite toms
  • Crystal Ice (clear acrylic) Tama Starclassic Mirage kit with custom white powdercoated hardware and matching 14x6 snare or 14x6.5 Tama Power Metal Brass snare
    • Used: live, Supermassive Black Hole and Knights Of Cydonia clips, As Seen On: Supermassive Black Hole and Knights of Cydonia clips
    • 24x18(w/Tama Power Kick Bass Muffler),12x8,14x12,16x14,20x14 Mirage gong bass

Fate: Sold as part of an Auction for Oxfam

  • Bubinga Tama Starclassic kit (Black Metalic w/ Gold Inlay) with black nickel hardware and Tama Power Metal Brass snare.
    • Used: Live Williamsberg, supporting My Chemical Romance
  • Fate: Likely retired, as with above
  • Vintage Gretsch Jazz Kit in a Champagne Sparkle Finish
    • Used: Wembley Stadium 16th and 17th June - Soldier's Poem, Unintended and Blackout


The Resistance period

  • Dom now endorses DW drums.
  • According to an interview during the studio tour with Zane Lowe, drumkit on The Resistance has been used in the studio since the very first album.
  • 8-ply Maple (possibly VLT), either Gold sparkle with Gold hardware or Silver custom finish with Chrome hardware (he has been spotted using both live) with a 14x6.5 Aluminum DW snare or Ludwig *LB417 Black Beauty of the same size
  • Used: Live
  • 22x20, 12x10, 14x14, 16x16, 21x16 Gong bass
  • As of The Resistance tour his drum throne is a "Pork Pie Big Boy Silver / Zebra"
  • Dom uses a Roland TD20kx V-Drums kit for Undisclosed Desires
  • He also uses two Timpani (Kettle) drums live during Exogenesis Pt1

Fate: Active duty


The 2nd Law Period

  • During the recording of The 2nd Law, Dom used the Resistance tour drum kit in the studio, as well as several miscellaneous drums such as a Ludwig Vistalite orange floor tom. He also used a vintage drum kit on some songs. The Resistance tour kit was also used for the first few concerts of the era, and was replaced by the new drumkit at the beginning of the UK arena tour.
  • He has tweeted a photo with him, playing Tablas in the recording studio.
  • According to a Tweet he appears to be using chequerplatedrums, although these were never aired in public.

Dom's touring drumkit was a DW Jazz Series kit, in a custom Spiral Glitter finish. It consisted of:

  • 22x20" bass drum, 12x10" tom, 15x15" and 16x16" floor toms, and an 18x16" floor tom on the snare side. His snare was a 14x6.5″ Collector’s Series Snare (knurled black nickel over steel)[2]
  • His drum throne remained a Pork Pie Big Boy Silver/Zebra.
  • Also present are two Roland H PD-8 pads, used in Madness, a mounted tambourine, RhythmTech ribbon crasher and TreeWorks Classic Bar Chimes, used in Explorers.
  • Used: Live


Drones Period

Recording

DW Performance Series Kit in Broken Glass

Used: Recording Simulation Theory Album

  • 22" x 18" kick
  • 12" x 10", 14" x 14" and 16" x 16" toms
  • 14" x 6.5" unknown snare
  • DW 9000 Series Hardware and Double Pedal
    • 1x DW 9002 Double Pedal "Lefty", 1x DW 9500TB Hi Hat Stand, 2x DW 9300 Snare Stand, 4x DW 9700 Cymbal Stand
  • Pork Pie Big Boy Silver/Zebra Throne
  • Heads
    • Batter Heads - Remo Ambassador Fiberskyn (kick), Remo Powerstroke 77 Coated (snare), Remo Emperor Clear (12", 14" and 16" toms)
    • Reso Heads - Remo unknown (kick), Remo unknown (snare), Remo Ambassador Clear (12", 14" and 16" toms)
  • Microphones
    • Neumann FET47 (kick), Sony C48 (at hole with pop filter)(kick), Shure BETA 91 (inside)(kick)
    • Sony C48 (top snare), AKG C414 (bottom snare)
    • Sennheiser MD421 (toms batter heads), Neumann U87 (toms resonant heads)
    • Telefunken 250 (overheads)
    • Neumann KM84 (hi hats)
    • Neumann KM84 (ride)
    • AKG C414 (percussion)

Other Information

  • When recording the album, Dom used two drum sets, both from DW.

Videos

Gretsch Kit in matte black

Used: Mercy & Dead Inside music videos and Psycho lyric video

  • 22" x 18" kick
  • 12" x 9", 14" x 14" and 16" x 16" toms (only 12" and 14" toms used in Dead Inside music video)
  • 14" x 6" snare
  • Hardware
    • 1x Single Pedal, 1x Hi Hat Stand, 2x Snare Stand, 3x Cymbal Stand
  • Round Throne
  • Heads
    • Batter Heads - Remo Powerstroke 3 Clear (kick), Remo Controlled Sound Black Dot Coated (snare), Remo Controlled Sound Black Dot Clear (12", 14" and 16" toms)
    • Reso Heads - Remo Ambassador in black without logo (kick), Remo Ambassador Hazy (snare), Remo Ambassador Clear (12", 14" and 16" toms)

DW Collectors Series Kit in Black Ice

Used: Revolt music video

  • 22" x 18" kick
  • 12" x 9", 14" x 14" and 16" x 16" toms
  • 14" x 6.5" DW Collectors Series Black Ice snare
  • DW 9000 Series Hardware and Single Pedal
    • 1x DW 9002 Single Pedal, 1x DW 9500TB Hi Hat Stand, 2x DW 9300 Snare Stand, 3x DW 9700 Cymbal Stand
  • DW 9000 Series Round Throne
  • Heads
    • Batter Heads - Remo Powerstroke 3 Clear (kick), Remo Controlled Sound Black Dot Coated (snare), Remo Controlled Sound Black Dot Clear (12", 14" and 16" toms)
    • Reso Heads - Remo Ambassador with custom art (kick), Remo Ambassador Hazy (snare), Remo Ambassador Clear (12", 14" and 16" toms)
  • Other Notes
    • Rubber drum silencer pads were used on snare and toms

Q Drum Co. Mahogany Kit in black with gold double stripe

Used: Reapers, Defector and The Handler lyric videos

  • 22" x 18" kick
  • 12" x 10", 14" x 14" and 16" x 16" toms
  • 14" x 7" Q Drum Co. Aluminium Plate snare
  • DW 9000 Series Hardware and Single Pedal
    • 1x DW 9000 Single Pedal, 1x DW 9500TB Hi Hat Stand, 2x DW 9300 Snare Stand, 3x DW 9700 Cymbal Stand
  • DW 9000 Series Round Throne
  • Heads
    • Batter Heads - Remo Powerstroke 3 Clear (kick), Remo Controlled Sound Black Dot Coated (snare), Remo Controlled Sound Black Dot Clear (12", 14" and 16" toms)
    • Reso Heads - Remo Ambassador in black without logo (kick), Remo Ambassador Hazy (snare), Remo Ambassador Clear (12", 14" and 16" toms)
  • Other Notes
    • Rubber drum silencer pads were used on snare and toms

Q Drum Co. Mahogany Kit in black with gold double stripe

Used: New Kind Of Kick music video

  • 22" x 18" kick
  • 14" x 14" and 16" x 16" floor toms
  • DW 9000 Series Hardware and Single Pedal
    • 1x DW 9000 Single Pedal, 1x DW 9700 Cymbal Stand (custom black finish)
  • DW 9000 Series Round Throne
  • Heads
    • Batter Heads - Remo Powerstroke 3 Clear (kick), Remo Controlled Sound Black Dot Clear (14" and 16" toms)
    • Reso Heads - Remo Ambassador in black without logo (kick), Remo Ambassador Clear (14" and 16" toms)
  • Other Notes
    • Rubber drum silencer pads were used on 14" and 16" floor toms

Touring

Q Drum Co. Mahogany Kit in black with gold double stripe

Used: Psycho UK Tour, Psycho US Tour, Drones Festivals Tour 2015, Drones Festivals Tour 2016, The Drones World Tour 2015/16 Europe and Asia shows, Japan & Australia shows 2017, Paris La Cigale by request show 2018 and last 3 shows of Summer Festivals Tour 2018 between 2018-06-03 & 2018-06-23

  • 22" x 18" kick
  • 12" x 10", 14" x 14" and 16" x 16" toms (only 12" and 16" toms used during Summer Festivals Tour 2018 shows)
  • 18" x 16" gong tom
  • 14" x 7" Q Drum Co. Aluminium Plate snare
  • Electronics
  • DW 9000 Series Hardware and Double Pedal
  • DW 9000 Series Round Throne
  • Heads
    • Batter Heads - Remo Powerstroke 3 Clear (kick), Remo Controlled Sound Black or White Dot Coated (snare), Remo Controlled Sound White Dot Clear (12", 14" and 16" toms), Remo Powerstroke 3 Clear (gong tom)
    • Reso Heads - Remo Ambassador with custom art (kick), Remo Ambassador Hazy (snare), Remo Ambassador Clear (12", 14" and 16" toms)
  • Percussion
    • 11" or 15" Rhythm Tech Ribbon Crasher
    • Rhythm Tech Tambourine in Black
  • Other Notes
    • Vic Firth Stick Caddy (clamped on hi hat stand)
    • Sonor SSB Stick Bag Standard (mounted on 16" floor tom)
    • Snareweight M1b Drum Dampener (snare)
    • Remo Quicklock Hi Hat Clutch (hi hat stand)

DW Collectors Series Kit in Black Gloss

Used: Chiba Makuhari Messe Event Hall 2015

  • 22" x 18" kick
  • 12" x 9", 14" x 14" and 16" x 16" toms
  • 14" x 6.5" DW Collectors Series Black Gloss snare
  • DW 9000 Series Hardware and Single Pedal
    • 1x DW 9000 Single Pedal, 1x DW 9500TB Hi Hat Stand, 2x DW 9300 Snare Stand, 3x DW 9700 Cymbal Stand
  • DW 9000 Series Round Throne
  • Heads
    • Batter Heads - Remo Powerstroke 3 Clear (kick), Remo Controlled Sound White Dot Coated (snare), Remo Emperor Clear (12", 14" and 16" toms)
    • Reso Heads - Remo Ambassador in black without logo (kick), Remo Ambassador Hazy (snare), Remo Ambassador Clear (12", 14" and 16" toms)

Q Drum Co. Stainless Steel Kit with white double stripe

Used: The Drones World Tour 2015/16 US, Canada and Mexico shows

  • 22" x 18" kick
  • 12" x 10", 14" x 14" and 16" x 16" toms
  • 18" x 16" gong tom
  • 14" x 7" Q Drum Co. Aluminium Plate snare
  • Electronics
  • DW 9000 Series Hardware and Double Pedal
    • 1x DW 9002 Double Pedal "Lefty", 1x DW 9500TB Hi Hat Stand, 2x DW 9300 Snare Stand, 4x DW 9700 Cymbal Stand, 1x DW SMMG6 Boom Arm (ribbon crasher), 1x DW SMMG3 Mega Clamp (tambourine), 1x DW 9991 Tom Stand & 1x DW SM776 Clamp (SPD-30 Octapad)(Used: The Drones World Tour 2015/16 US and Canada shows)
    • DW 9000 Series Custom Rack (Used: The Drones World Tour 2015/16 Mexico shows)
      • 2x DW CPRKTLEG Leg Assembly, 2x DW CPRKB24S 24" Straight Bar, 1x DW CPRKB36S 36" Straight Bar, 2x DW SMRKC15K Clamp, 2x DW SMRKC15V Clamp, 2x Gibraltar SC-BALRM Arm (PD-8 Pads)
  • DW 9000 Series Round Throne
  • Heads
    • Batter Heads - Remo Powerstroke 3 Clear (kick), Remo Controlled Sound Black or White Dot Coated (snare), Remo Controlled Sound White Dot Clear (12", 14" and 16" toms), Remo Powerstroke 3 Clear (gong tom)
    • Reso Heads - Remo Ambassador with custom art (kick), Remo Ambassador Hazy (snare), Remo Ambassador Clear (12", 14" and 16" toms)
  • Percussion
    • 11" or 15" Rhythm Tech Ribbon Crasher
    • Rhythm Tech Tambourine in Black
  • Other Notes
    • Vic Firth Stick Caddy (clamped on hi hat stand)
    • Sonor SSB Stick Bag Standard (mounted on 16" floor tom)
    • Snareweight M1b Drum Dampener (snare)
    • Remo Quicklock Hi Hat Clutch (hi hat stand)
    • Included an additional Roland SPD-SX used for Undisclosed Desires and Take a Bow

Q Drum Co. Copper Kit with black double-stripe

Used: North American Summer Amphitheatre Tour 2017, Festivals Tour 2017, London Shepherds Bush Empire by request show 2017, first 4 shows of Summer Festivals Tour 2018 between 2018-04-20 & 2018-06-02 and some Simulation Theory Promo Shows

  • 24" x 18" kick
  • 12" x 9", 14" x 14" and 16" x 16" toms (only 12" and 16" toms used during Summer Festivals Tour 2018 shows)
  • 18" x 16" gong tom
  • 14" x 7" Q Drum Co. Gentlemen's Series Copper snare
  • Electronics
  • DW 9000 Series Hardware and Double Pedal
    • 1x DW 9002 Double Pedal "Lefty", 1x DW 9500TB Hi Hat Stand, 2x DW 9300 Snare Stand, 4x DW 9700 Cymbal Stand, 1x DW SMMG6 Boom Arm (middle electronic pad), 1x DW SMMG3 Mega Clamp (left electronic pad), 1x DW 6700 Cymbal Stand & 1x DW SM776 Mount (SPD-30 Octapad)(Used: All shows except for London Shepherds Bush Empire by request show 2017), 1x DW 6700 Cymbal Stand & 1x DW SM992 (PD-8 Pads)(Used: Simulation Theory Promo Shows)
  • DW 9000 Series Round Throne
  • Heads
    • Batter Heads - Remo Powerstroke 3 Clear (kick), Remo Controlled Sound White Dot Coated (snare), Remo Controlled Sound White Dot Clear (12", 14" and 16" toms), Remo Powerstroke 3 Clear (gong tom)
    • Reso Heads - Remo Ambassador Clear with custom art (kick), Remo Ambassador Hazy (snare), Remo Ambassador Clear (12", 14" and 16" toms)
  • Other Notes
    • Vic Firth Stick Caddy (clamped on hi hat stand)
    • Sonor SSB Stick Bag Standard (mounted on 16" floor tom)
    • Snareweight M1b Drum Dampener (snare)
    • Remo Quicklock Hi Hat Clutch (hi hat stand)
  • Microphones
    • 5x Neumann KM 185 Microphone (cymbals)
    • 3x Beta 98AMP/C Instrument Microphone (toms)

Q Drum Co. Matte White Birch Kit

Used: CW Network's Upfront Presentation New York City Centre 2017

  • 24" x 18* kick
  • 13" x 9", 14" x 14" and 16" x 16" toms
  • 14" x 6" Q Drum Co.
  • Electronics
    • Roland SPD-30 Octapad (right of kit)
  • DW 9000 Series Hardware and Single Pedal
    • 1x DW 9000 Single Pedal, 1x DW 9500TB Hi Hat Stand, 2x DW 9300 Snare Stand, 4x DW 9700 Cymbal Stand, 1x DW 9991 Tom Stand with DW SM776 Clamp (SPD-30 Octapad)
  • DW 9000 Series Round Throne
  • Heads
    • Batter Heads - Remo Powerstroke 3 Coated (kick), Remo Controlled Sound X Coated (snare), Remo Emperor Coated (13", 14" and 16" toms)
    • Reso Heads - Q Drum Co. Black with logo and centre port (kick), Remo Ambassador Hazy (snare), Remo Ambassador Clear (13", 14" and 16" toms)

Other Information

Kick Drum Resonant Head Artwork

  • Dom used a variety of kick drum resonant heads during the Drones period
  • Standard metallic and Standard white Q Drum Co. logo head
  • Psycho artwork head (Used: Q Drum Co. Mahogany Kit)
  • Drones artwork head
  • Revolt artwork head (Used: Revolt music video)
  • Transparent head with white Drones-men (Used: Q Drum Co. Stainless Steel Kit)
  • Transparent head with palm trees (Used: Q Drum Co. Copper Kit)

Notable Kit Changes

  • Since The 2nd Law Tour Dom kept pretty much the same setup. He only removed the splashes and changed up the electronics to his right over the gong tom.
  • For the Psycho UK Tour he didn't use the Roland drum pads or the Roland Octapad on his right. He used a 10" splash over his hi hats for the first 2 gigs of this tour however is was removed and never used after this.
  • Since the North American Summer Amphitheatre Tour 2017, he has replaced the ribbon crasher and the tambourine with 2 custom light-up electronic pads made by Q Drum Co. (2 Roland PD-8 Dual Trigger Pads used in the first 2 shows instead)
  • During the Summer Festivals Tour 2018, before the Simulation theory period, he ditched the 14" tom. The china cymbal was also dropped for the last 3 shows of Summer Festivals Tour 2018.
  • He updated his drum heads, now using Remo Controlled Sound White or Black Dot, using clear heads on toms and Coated on snare. His resonant heads were unchanged as Remo Ambassador Clear
  • Dom switched to Q Drum Co. after using DW drums since 2009

Simulation Theory Period

Recording

Yamaha Recording Custom Kit in Quartz Grey

Used: Recording Simulation Theory Album

  • 24" x 14" kick
  • 12" x 10", 16" x 15" and 18" x 16" toms
  • 14" x 6.5" Yamaha Custom snare
  • DW 6000 Series Hardware, DW 9000 Hi Hat Stand and Double Pedal
    • 1x DW 9002 Double Pedal "Lefty", 1x DW 9500TB Hi Hat Stand, 2x DW 6300 Snare Stand, 3x DW 6700 Cymbal Stand
  • DW 9000 Series Round Throne
  • Heads
    • Batter Heads - Various Remo Clear Heads (toms), Remo Powerstroke 77 Coated (snare)
    • Reso Heads - Various Remo Clear Heads (toms and snare), Remo Powerstroke 3 Ebony (kick)

Other Information

  • In the studio, Dom mainly used the birch wood Q Drum Co. set, with additional Q Drum drum pieces thrown in for certain songs.
  • He used various tom models (Q Drums, DW and Yamaha) for tom dubs.
  • He also used a set of 8 roto-toms for the 80s inspired tom fills on songs like The Dark Side and Algorithm.

Videos

Gretsch Renown Maple White Marine Pearl Drum Kit

Used: Pressure music video

  • 22" x 18* kick
  • 12" x 9" and 16" x 16" toms
  • 14" x 6.5" Gretsch Renown Maple in White Marine Pearl snare
  • DW 6000 Series Hardware, DW 9000 Hi Hat Stand and Single Pedal
    • 1x DW 9000 Single Pedal, 1x DW 9500TB Hi Hat Stand, 2x DW 6300 Snare Stand, 2x DW 6700 Cymbal Stand
  • DW 9000 Series Round Throne
  • Heads
    • Batter Heads - Unbranded Coated Heads
    • Reso Heads - Unbranded Clear Heads

Touring

Q Drum Co. High Polished Stainless Steel Kit with white double-stripe

Used: Simulation Theory Promo Shows

  • 22" x 16" kick
  • 12" x 9" and 16" x 16" toms
  • 18" x 16" gong tom
  • 14" x 7" Q Drum Co. Gentlemen's Series Copper snare
  • Electronics
  • DW 9000 Series Hardware and Double Pedal
    • 1x DW 9002 Double Pedal "Lefty", 1x DW 9500TB Hi Hat Stand, 2x DW 9300 Snare Stand, 3x DW 9700 Cymbal Stand, 1x DW SMMG6 Boom Arm (middle electronic pad), 1x DW SMMG3 Mega Clamp (left electronic pad), 1x DW 6700 Cymbal Stand & 1x DW SM992 Mount (PD-8 pads)(Used: London Royal Albert Hall 2018), 1x DW 9991 Tom Stand (left electronic pad)(Used: Los Angeles Hollywood Palladium 2019)
  • DW 9000 Series Round Throne
  • Heads
    • Batter Heads - Remo Powerstroke 3 Coated (kick), Remo Controlled Sound X Coated (snare), Remo Emperor Coated (12" and 16" toms), Remo Powerstroke 3 Coated (18" gong tom)
    • Reso Heads - Remo Ambassador with custom art (kick), Remo Ambassador Hazy (snare), Remo Ambassador Clear (12" and 16" toms)
  • Other Notes
    • Snareweight M1b Drum Dampener (snare)
    • Remo Quicklock Hi Hat Clutch (hi hat stand)
    • Vic Firth Stick Caddy (clamped on hi hat stand)
    • Zildjian Black Stick Bag (mounted on 16" floor tom)
  • Microphones
    • 1x missing (kick)
    • 1x Shure SM57 (top snare), 1x Neumann KMS 105 (bottom snare)
    • 2x Shure BETA 98AMP/C (12" and 16" toms)
    • 1x missing (gong tom)
    • 1x Neumann KM 185 MT (hi hat cymbal)
    • 1x Neumann KM 185 (ride cymbal)
    • 2x Shure PGA98D-XLR (crash cymbal & EFX cymbal)
    • 5x Latin Percussion 592A-X Mic Claw (for kick mic, bottom snare mic, ride mic, hi hat mic and gong tom mic)
    • 1x K & M 23300 Microphone Stand (for kick mic)
    • 1x K & M 25975 Microphone Stand (for top snare mic)

DW Performance Copper Kit

Used: NRJ Music Awards 2018

  • 22" x 16" kick
  • 12" x 9" and 16" x 14" toms
  • 18" x 16" gong tom
  • 14" x 5.5" DW Performance Natural snare
  • Electronics
    • 2 custom light-up electronic pads made by Q Drum Co.
  • DW 9000 Series Hardware and Single Pedal
    • 1x DW 9000 Single Pedal, 1x DW 9500TB Hi Hat Stand, 2x DW 9300 Snare Stand, 2x DW 9700 Cymbal Stand, 1x DW SMMG6 Boom Arm (middle electronic pad), 1x DW 9991 Tom Stand (left electronic pad)
  • DW 9000 Series Round Throne
  • Heads
    • Batter Heads - Remo Powerstroke 3 Coated (kick), Remo Controlled Sound X Coated (snare), Remo Emperor Coated (12" and 16" toms), Remo Emperor Coated (18" tong tom)
    • Reso Heads - Remo Ambassador Coated (kick), Remo Ambassador Hazy (snare), Remo Ambassador Clear (12" and 16" toms)
  • Microphones
    • 1x Shure BETA 52A (kick)
    • 1x Shure SM57 (snare)
    • 2x Sennheiser E904 (12" and 16" toms)
    • 1x missing (gong tom)
    • 1x Neumann KM 185 MT (crash cymbal and ride cymbal)
    • 1x Neumann KM 185 (hi hat cymbal)
    • 4x K & M 25975 Microphone Stand (for kick mic, snare mic, crash cymbal mic and ride cymbal mic)

DW Performance Kit in Black Galaxy

Used: X Factor Italia Finale 2018 and Paris Studios Rive Gauche 2018

  • 22" x 16" kick
  • 12" x 9" and 16" x 16" toms
  • 14" x 5.5" DW Performance in silver sparkle snare
  • DW 9000 Series Hardware and Single Pedal
    • 1x DW 9000 Single Pedal, 1x DW 9500TB Hi Hat Stand, 2x DW 9300 Snare Stand, 3x DW 9700 Cymbal Stand
  • DW 9000 Series Round Throne
  • Heads
    • Batter Heads - Remo Powerstroke 3 Coated (kick), Remo Controlled Sound X Coated (snare), Remo Emperor Coated (12" and 16" toms)
    • Reso Heads - Remo Ambassador Coated (kick), Remo Ambassador Hazy (snare), Remo Ambassador Clear (12" and 16" toms)
  • Other Notes
    • Zildjian Black Stick Bag (mounted on 16" floor tom)
  • Microphones (Used: Paris Studios Rive Gauche 2018)
    • 1x missing (kick)
    • 1x missing (snare)
    • 2x Sennheiser E904 (12" and 16" toms)
    • 2x missing (crash cymbal and ride & crash cymbal)
    • 1x missing (hi hat cymbal)
    • 4x K & M 25975 Microphone Stand (for snare mic, crash cymbal mic and ride & crash cymbal mic)
  • Microphones (Used: X Factor Italia Finale 2018)
    • 1x Shure BETA 52A (kick)
    • 1x Shure SM57 (snare)
    • 2x Shure BETA 98AMP/C (12" and 16" toms)
    • 2x missing (crash cymbal and ride & crash cymbal)
    • 1x missing (hi hat cymbal)
    • 3x missing (for hi hat mic, crash cymbal mic and ride & crash cymbal mic)

Q Drum Co. Matte White Birch Kit with acrylic double-stripe (accent for lighting effects)

Used: Simulation Theory World Tour (North America shows)

  • 24" x 18" kick
  • 12" x 9" and 16" x 16" toms
  • 18" x 16" gong tom
  • 14" x 7" Q Drum Co. Gentlemen's Series Copper snare
  • Electronics
    • 3 custom light-up electronic pads made by Q Drum Co.
    • Roland RT-30K Trigger (kick), Roland RT-30RH Trigger (snare)
  • DW 9000 Series Hardware and Double Pedal
    • 1x DW 9002 Double Pedal "Lefty", 1x DW 9500TB Hi Hat Stand, 2x DW 9300 Snare Stand, 3x DW 9700 Cymbal Stand, 1x DW SMMG6 Boom Arm (middle electronic pad), 1x DW SMMG3 Mega Clamp (left electronic pad), 1x DW 6700 Cymbal Stand & 1x DW SM774 Mount (right electronic pad)
  • DW 9000 Series Round Throne
  • Heads
    • Batter Heads - Remo Powerstroke 3 Coated (kick), Remo Controlled Sound X Coated (snare), Remo Emperor Coated (12" and 16" toms), Remo Powerstroke 3 Coated (18" tong tom)
    • Reso Heads - Remo Ambassador with custom art (kick), Remo Ambassador Hazy (snare), Remo Ambassador Clear (12" and 16" toms)
  • Other Notes
    • Snareweight M1b Drum Dampener (snare)
    • Remo Quicklock Hi Hat Clutch (hi hat stand)
    • Vic Firth Stick Caddy (clamped on hi hat stand)
    • Zildjian Black Stick Bag (mounted on 16" floor tom)
  • Microphones
    • 1x missing (kick)
    • 1x Shure SM57 (top snare), 1x Neumann KMS 105 (bottom snare)
    • 2x Shure BETA 98AMP/C (12" and 16" toms)
    • 1x missing (gong tom)
    • 1x Neumann KM 185 MT (hi hat cymbal)
    • 1x Neumann KM 185 (ride cymbal)
    • 2x Shure PGA98D-XLR (crash cymbal & EFX cymbal)
    • 5x Latin Percussion 592A-X Mic Claw (for kick mic, bottom snare mic, ride mic, hi hat mic and gong tom mic)
    • 1x K & M 23300 Microphone Stand (for kick mic)
    • 1x K & M 25975 Microphone Stand (for top snare mic)

Q Drum Co. Stainless Steel Finish Birch Kit with acrylic double-stripe (accent for lighting effects)

Used: Simulation Theory World Tour (Europe, Asia and South America shows)

  • 24" x 16" kick
  • 12" x 9" and 16" x 16" toms
  • 18" x 16" gong tom
  • 14" x 7" Q Drum Co. Gentlemen's Series Copper snare
  • Electronics
    • 3 custom light-up electronic pads made by Q Drum Co.
    • Roland RT-30K Trigger (kick), Roland RT-30RH Trigger (snare)
  • DW 9000 Series Hardware and Single Pedal
    • 1x DW MCD Machined Direct Drive Single Pedal, 1x DW 9500TB Hi Hat Stand, 2x DW 9300 Snare Stand, 4x DW 9700 Cymbal Stand, 1x DW SMMG6 Boom Arm (middle electronic pad), 1x DW SMMG3 Mega Clamp (left electronic pad), 1x DW 6700 Cymbal Stand & 1x DW SM774 Mount (right electronic pad)
  • DW 9000 Series Round Throne
  • Heads
    • Batter Heads - Remo Powerstroke 3 Coated (kick), Remo Controlled Sound X Coated (snare), Remo Emperor Coated (12" and 16" toms), Remo Powerstroke 3 Coated (18" tong tom)
    • Reso Heads - Remo Ambassador with custom art (kick), Remo Ambassador Hazy (snare), Remo Ambassador Clear (12" and 16" toms)
  • Other Notes
    • Snareweight M1b Drum Dampener (snare)
    • Remo Quicklock Hi Hat Clutch (hi hat stand)
    • Vic Firth Stick Caddy (clamped on hi hat stand)
    • Zildjian Black Stick Bag (mounted on 16" floor tom)
  • Microphones
    • 1x missing (kick)
    • 1x Shure SM57 (top snare), 1x Neumann KMS 105 (bottom snare)
    • 2x Shure BETA 98AMP/C (12" and 16" toms)
    • 1x missing (gong tom)
    • 1x Neumann KM 185 MT (hi hat cymbal)
    • 1x Neumann KM 185 (crash cymbal and ride cymbal)
    • 2x Shure PGA98D-XLR (crash cymbal & china cymbal)
    • 6x Latin Percussion 592A-X Mic Claw (for kick mic, bottom snare mic, crash mic, ride mic, hi hat mic and gong tom mic)
    • 1x K & M 23300 Microphone Stand (for kick mic)
    • 1x K & M 25975 Microphone Stand (for top snare mic)

Other Drums

Q Drum Co. Seamless Cast Acrylic Kit in white acrylic

Used: Opening of Simulation Theory Tour during Algorithm (Alternate Reality Version)

  • 18" x 22" and 20" x 22" toms
  • 14" x 7" Q Drum Co. Gentlemen's Series Copper snare
  • DW 9000 Series Hardware
    • 1x DW 9300 Snare Stand, 1x DW 9700 Cymbal Stand
  • Heads
    • Batter Heads - Remo Controlled Sound X Coated (snare), Remo Emperor Coated (18" and 20" toms)
    • Reso Heads - Remo Ambassador Hazy (snare), Remo Ambassador Clear (18" and 20" toms)
  • Microphones
    • 1x Shure SM57 (snare)
    • 2x Shure BETA 98AMP/C (toms)
    • 1x Latin Percussion 592A-X Mic Claw (for snare mic)

Q Drum Co. Seamless Cast Acrylic Kit

Used: Simulation Theory Tour during Dig Down (Acoustic Gospel Version), Undisclosed Desires and The Void

  • 18" x 22" and 20" x 22" toms
  • 14" x 7" Q Drum Co. Seamless Cast Acrylic snare
  • Electronics
    • Roland RT-30RH Trigger (snare), Roland RT-30RH Trigger (18" and 20" toms)
    • Roland SPD-SX
    • Cymbal Trigger (20" cymbal)
  • DW 9000 Series Hardware
    • 1x DW 9300 Snare Stand, 1x DW 9700 Cymbal Stand, 1x DW 6700 Cymbal Stand & 1x DW SMMG-4 Clamp (Roland SPD-SX)
  • Heads
    • Batter Heads - Remo Controlled Sound X Coated (snare), Remo Emperor Coated (18" and 20" toms)
    • Reso Heads - Remo Ambassador Hazy (snare), Remo Ambassador Clear (18" and 20" toms)
  • Other Notes
    • Zildjian Black Stick Bag (mounted on 18" tom)
    • Cymbomute 20" Cymbal Mute (20" cymbal)

Q Drum Co. Concert Drums

Used: Simulation Theory Tour during Pray

  • 2x 5' Concert Drums
  • Other Notes
    • Vic Firth Stick Bag
    • the drums were fitted with LED lights
  • Microphones
    • 2x Shure PGA98D-XLR Condenser Goose Drum Mic (5' concert drums)

Roland SPD-SX

Used: Simulation Theory Tour during Propaganda

  • Electronics
    • Roland SPD-SX
  • DW 6000 Series Hardware
    • 1x DW 6700 Cymbal Stand & 1x DW SMMG-4 Clamp (Roland SPD-SX)
  • Other Notes
    • Stick Holder

Other Information

  • Four semi-transparent matte white toms are also used by the performers (two per performer) during Uprising and Thought Contagion, although they are probably not miked.

Other Information

Sticks

  • Vic Firth American Jazz AJ2 Sticks
  • Vic Firth MB2S Corpsmaster Medium Puff Marching Drum Mallets (used during Unsustainable and Pray live)

Kick Drum Resonant Head Artwork

  • Clear Simulation Theory Logo Head (Used: Q Drum Co. High Polished Stainless Steel Kit)
  • Standard white coated Q Drum Co. logo head (Used: Q Drum Co. Matte White Birch Kit)
  • Semi-clear dark tinted head (Used: Q Drum Co. Stainless Steel Finish Birch Kit)

Notable Kit Changes

  • During the Summer Festivals Tour 2018, before the Simulation theory period, he ditched the 14" tom. The china cymbal was also dropped for the last 3 shows of Summer Festivals Tour 2018.
  • Since the North American Summer Amphitheatre Tour 2017, he had replaced the ribbon crasher and the tambourine with 2 custom light-up electronic pads made by Q Drum Co. and now uses a third Q Drum Co. electronic pad mounted above his gong tom.
  • Dom brought back the china cymbal on his far left for the Simulation Theory World Tour (EU Shows) after not using it for the first half of the tour.
  • During the Simulation Theory Tour Dom switched between using a double and single pedal (both DW 9000 Series). He mostly used a double pedal during the North American shows and a single pedal during the second half of the tour.
  • Dom switched out his Remo Controlled Sound White or Black Dot heads for Remo Emperor Coated on toms and Remo Controlled Sound X Coated on snare. His resonant heads were unchanged as Remo Ambassador Clear
  • In a 2018 interview for french drum magazine "Batterie", Howard stated, that he would like to install LED lights onto the kit for the 2019 headlining tour, which he later did.
  • A Roland V-Drums TD-50 was also spotted laying behind him during the Simulation Theory headlining tour.
  • 2 Roland PD-8 Dual Trigger Pads above the gong tom were used during the latest rehearsals, but removed for the live shows. According to Dom, he was going to use them for the headlining tour, although he never incorporated them.
  • A copper-wood hoop Q Drums kit was used during rehearsals for the headlining tour.
  • Towards the end of the tour Dom started using DW MCD Machined Direct Drive Single Pedal instead of his standard DW 9000 Series Single Pedal.

Dom is left handed

As Dom is left handed he sets his drums up with the hi-hats on his right and floor toms on the left. If you're right handed look in a mirror basically.

Cymbals

See Cymbals.

Hardware

He used a Tama Iron Cobra Lever Glide Hi-Hat, and is currently using the DW 9000 series Hi-Hat pedal. He also used to use Iron Cobra Power Glide double and single bass drum pedals interchangeably depending on the setlist (few songs require the double, Cave live, for example) he also used to use the Chrome Cobra single. With his new DW contract/endorsement he uses a DW 9000 Series Single kick pedal.

His hardware is now all DW, although it used to be Tama Roadpro, his throne was a Tama First Chair with back-rest, and is now a Pork Pie Big Boy Silver / Zebra. He has used Zildjian Dennis Chambers signature series drumsticks, Shaw 5BN drumsticks (Hullabaloo) and Promark TX5BNs (Live 8, and BH&R tour), Marco Minneman signature sticks, as well as many others. Dom also has had his own signature drumstick released through Promark, and it is currently available to the public for sale in the UK, and by special order in the US. Recently, Dom has been using Vic Firth sticks, as can be seen in the Austin City Limits concert of 2013 and Rome Olympic Stadium DVD. He most likely uses Vic Firth American Jazz 2 stick.

Heads

He uses Remo and Aquarian heads. Dom generally uses the classic combination of clear Emperors over clear Ambassadors on his toms (coated Emperor in the OoS period), but has been seen with Pinstripe batter heads (on the Peavey kit). In 2015, he switched to the Remo Controlled Sound White Dot batter head on the gong tom and the Remo Controlled Sound Black Dot batters on other toms.

The following combinations have been seen on the kick drum:

  • Silver sparkle: Super Kick II with no resonant side head
  • Blue sparkle kick: Super Kick II over black ported Regulator
  • Chrome kick: Powerstroke 3 over black ported resonant side head
  • Ayotte kick: Powerstroke 3 over unknown resonant side head
  • Crystal ice kick: Super Kick II over Force I or Powerstroke 3 over unknown clear ported Remo or Pinstripe over ported Pinstripe
  • DW Collector's Series kick: Powerstroke 4 over black ported resonant side head
  • DW Jazz Series kick: Powerstroke 3 over unknown chrome ported resonant side head
  • Q Drums kick: Powerstroke 3 over various unknown resonant side heads

Coated Emperor, Controlled Sound or Hi-energy (Hullabaloo only) batters on his Snare.

Note: The one exception to this rule is when he used the stock Tama heads, Evans clear G2 over clear G1, that come with every new kit of drums. As the G2/G1 combination is identical to his usual Emperor/Ambassadors he'd often use the stock heads until they wear and replace the batter only.

Contract Lapse

It is possible that during 2005 Doms endorsement contract with Tama Drums expired as a set of orange and red Ludwig Vistalites (acrylic drums) were used in the USA cut of the Stockholm Syndrome video clip (and another character in the talk show was using Pearl drums). As video clips receive much public exposure it is usually against the terms of a contract to use a competitors product. This would tend to suggest that the Tama contract had reached its conclusion.

A clear set of Vistalites (with a shallower rack tom, 12x8 most likely) is seen on one of the background images of Muse's official site, suggesting that they were used for the recording of Black Holes And Revelations.

From 2006 until 2008, he was using Tama Drums' new Starclassic Mirage line [3](acrylic drums) in live situations. These three data would suggest that the contract briefly lapsed in 2005 and during that time Dom developed a taste for acrylic drums. When Tama released Mirage he renewed his endorsement.

In 2008, he became an avid DW drum user which suggested he switched contracts to DW.

As of 2015, his contract with DW expired and he became an endorser for Q Drum Co, an L.A. based custom drum shop company, owned by his drum tech Jeremy Berman and also part-owned by his friend Ilan Rubin

Other Dom info

Recording the introduction to Apocalypse Please, Dom played a drum fill from the Grouse Lodge swimming pool, with a driver from an NS10 speaker used as close mic.

Whilst in the pool area, they decided to have a go at creating a water gong effect by hitting cymbals loads of times while dipping them into water. However, because cymbals have nowhere near the same sustain as an actual gong, the sound decayed as soon as they went into the water, which made the whole activity pointless!

Dom has a large floor fan next to him to keep him cool.

When he was recording the big concert drum for parts on The 2nd Law, he was wearing socks, underpants and a red coat with black feather shoulders.

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