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Sammy Merendino - Kinky Boots

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Sammy’s setup for the currently running Broadway production of Kinky Boots at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in New York City.

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“This kit evolved over nine months during rehearsals and previews. I am responsible for running the click and backing sequences (percussion, arpeggiators, effects, etc). The bulk of the show is played on my Sonor kit, but I need to be able to switch quickly between acoustic and electronic. The electronic kick pedals are located to the right of my acoustic kick. I can turn slightly to my left to play the Roland V-Drums while still in position to play acoustic drums. There are various pedals on the ground to allow me to trigger sounds and/or click tracks with my heels. Other loops (located within Ableton Live) are triggered via a Roland SPD-SX.

My drum booth is on the 5th floor of the theater (100 steps) and the rest of the band is in the pit. I have a conductor and stage monitor to take cues from and the conductor has a ‘Sam Cam’ so he can see me.”

Drums - Sonor ProLite
  • 22x17 Bass Drum (Evans EQ3 Batter, Front head removed)
  • 14x6 Artist Bronze Series Snare (Evans EC1 Rev dot top, Hazy 300 bottom)
  • 12x8 Rack Tom (Evans Onyx top, clear G1 bottom)
  • 15x15 Floor Tom (Evans Onyx top, clear G1 bottom)
  • 18x16 Floor Tom (Evans Onyx top, clear G1 bottom)

Cymbals - Paiste
  • 15" 602 Medium Hats
  • 19" Signature Full Crash
  • 20" Signature Full Crash
  • 22" Dark Energy Ride Mark II with 2 Brass Rivets
  • 20" Rude Novo China

Electronics
  • Roland TD-30 V-Drums kit and SPD-SX sample pad
  • Apple Mac Mini and two RME Fireface interfaces and Ableton Live software
  • Radial SW8 backing-track auto-switcher
  • Roland KT10 kick Pedal
  • Custom M.A.R.C. footswitch triggers (courtesy of Vincent Gutman)
  • Miktek and Neumann mics
  • Drum Tech Pole Pad Pro

Hardware and Percussion
  • Grover Spectrasound Mark Tree
  • Rhythm Tech Tambourine
  • Porter & Davies BC Gigster Throne and Engine
  • Auralex HoverMat
  • Kelly SHU Kick-Miking System.
  • Snare Weight and Drum Wallet mufflers
  • DrumDial Drum Tuner
  • GK Isolation Headphones
  • Sonor Giant Step Double Pedal
  • Kitchen Sink

Vic Firth 3A Sticks and Various Mallets.

Sammy is a proud endorser of Sonor Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, Evans Drumheads, Porter and Davies, Miktek Audio, Roland US, Auralex, Kelly SHU Kick-Miking System, Snareweight, Drum Wallet, DrumDial Drum Tuner, Drum-Tec and Prologix Practice Pads.

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6/10/18