- Does Mike use any ear protection when playing live? faq id: 144
MP: Actually, yes - I started wearing ear protection on the Falling Into Infinity tour. Beginning in 2002, the band began using inner-ear monitors.
- What kinds of microphones does Mike use on his kit? faq id: 147
MP: I leave those decisions in the hands of the experts we hire for those jobs (both live and in the studio)
- Why does Mike use a microphone (for his vocals) on a swinging arm stand, as opposed to a headset type mic (as Neal Morse, Nick D'Virgilio and many others do)? faq id: 148
MP: I tried it for one gig and I felt way too restricted. I felt like I couldn't move the way I wanted.
- Does Mike plan on using electronic drums in the future? faq id: 151
MP: I'm not planning on it. It's never particularly interested me. That's better off in Jordan's department.
- What's happening with Mike's drum kits? Is he selling any of the old ones? faq id: 181
Answer: There are 3 "Siamese Monsters" in existence that are used for DT tours.
The 3 FII/SFAM Monsters have been retired.
The "Red Monster" (used in Japan) is living in DT's storage area in the US. Part of it was used when Mike played drums for John Petrucci on the 2001 G3 tour, and this same setup was used in the recording of OSI.
The "Green Monster" (used in Europe) is living in DT's storage area in Europe.
The "Purple Monster" (used in the U.S.) is now living in Mike's basement, sitting next to the Mapex/Awake kit. While Mike did try (unsuccessfully) to auction the Mapex kit, he has hinted that it might be a conflict of interest for him to sell one of the 'monsters' because he still endorses Tama.
The "WDADU/I&W" Black Tama Imperialstar kit was split in half.
One half was used for LTE and TransAtlantic SMPTe (which lives in Mike's Basement)
And the other half was used as 2nd kit for the FII recording sessions and tour and is now in DT storage in the US.
- Why did Mike try to sell his Awake-era drum kit and what are his plans for it now that it hasn't sold on eBay? faq id: 477
MP: It will remain in my basement much to Marlene's disappointment!!! For spacial reasons, not financial mind you! Alot of people have critisized me for selling it... or questioned my motives....The reason's are pretty simple really.....I have all of these kits piling up in my basement, and I haven't endorsed Mapex in 7 years, so my wife kept trying to convince me to get rid of that particular kit....so I finally agreed... That's really it... I'm not trying to rip anybody off... Anyways, it will remain in my basement until the day we decide to try again...
- What was Mike's set-up like for the second TransAtlantic album? faq id: 478
15" Custom HiHats (Sabian made me specifically for the sessions)
7", 9" & 11" MAX Splash
10"/10" Mid MAX STAX
12"/14" Low MAX STAX
6" Radia Bell TB
22" HH Rock Ride
16" AA Medium Crash
17" Crash (can't remember type)
19" HH Thin Crash
20" HH Chinese
TamaStarclassic Maple Kit:
16 x 22 Kick Drum
14" x 5.5" Melody Master Snare
12" x 5" Melody Master Snare
8" Rack Tom
10" Rack Tom
12" Rack Tom
14" Floor Tom
16" Floor Tom
- What is Mike's favorite piece of hardware or drum on his kit? faq id: 479
MP: Hmmm...The memory lock on my third 18" crash cymbal stands. That thing rules! ;)
- Does Mike have a recording studio set up at his home? faq id: 480
MP: I have a studio with three or four drum sets that are set up, which I never play. I have some recording gear, but have not developed it into a full-on studio. It's basically just a place for me to keep my drums.
- What is NAMM? faq id: 481
Answer: NAMM stands for "National Association of Music Merchants" and it is an annual industry-showcase for the music industry, usually held in Southern California in late January or early February. It is NOT open to the public - the only way to get in is to be involved in the music industry (for instance working at a music instrument store) or knowing people are that can get you in. Most Dream Theater members (both former and current) have attended and have done meet 'n' greets.
Also, there are "showcase" performances by various bands, usually at nearby hotels. But again, these are only available to those who attend NAMM. Both Liquid Tension Experiment and TransAtlantic have done NAMM performances.