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Matt Sorum’s relentless kick is unmistakable: solid, merciless and wicked. Known for his stints in legendary bands The Cult, Guns’n’Roses and Velvet Revolver, Sorum has diligently rocked the drums for nearly 40 years.
To start off in a high school marching band and end up being part of not one, not two but three of the biggest rock bands is not just lucky, it takes a whole lot of talent and work. Matt Sorum charms with his thundering drums, oozing both power and finesse through his sound.
Landing the gig as live drummer for The Cult was his first big break, but Sorum’s career skyrocketed when G’N’R’s Slash recruited him to replace Steven Adler, and for seven years he showered us with his astounding drum kicks and open-hi hats. In 2004, after reuniting with Slash, Duff McKagan, former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland and guitarist Dave Kushner, he co-founded Velvet Revolver – to immediate success. In retrospect, Sorum claims that Velvet Revolver is the group he is most proud of having been, in even though it ultimately disbanded in 2008.
Judging from his impressive career as a drummer, one might think that Sorum would settle for ‘just’ being a great musician. However, after leaving G’N’R, he took up producing and is now an extremely skilled engineer and producer, obsessed with sonics. Being such a sonic perfectionist, he has chosen to work with TC-Helicon for all his vocal needs.
Sorum wants his effect possibilities to be plentiful, high quality and hands-on, to be able to cater for clients as diverse as Macy Gray, Slash and Mastodon and he found this in the VoiceLive 2 and VoiceLive Rack. He is especially impressed with the µMod effects and vocal distortions, which he found hard to get right by using regular pedals. Another often-used studio tool is the pitch correction that enables him to do subtle corrections when the vocals are slightly off.
We had a sit down with Matt in his own Drac Studios to talk about the units and his favorite features.
On VoiceLive 2
“The VoiceLive 2 basically cuts out the middle-man.”
On VoiceLive Rack
“The VoiceLive Rack is a killer device for all you wild singers out there.”
“For me, producing has always been about feeling and listening.”