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Chad Butler

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Paiste Artist Since
February 2004

Nationality
United States

Main Affiliation
Switchfoot

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„Paiste cymbals have incredible range and give me the sounds that inspire my best playing.“

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Biography

Chad Butler was born on a boat in Amsterdam, spent his early years in the UK, then discovered drumming and surfing as a teenager in San Diego, CA. In 1996, while attending University of California San Diego Butler co-founded SWITCHFOOT, an American alternative rock band. In 20 years together SWITCHFOOT has had multiple hit singles, millions of records sold, a GRAMMY Award, and raised over 2 million for at-risk youth programs in San Diego. Most recently Butler is recording a forthcoming SWITCHFOOT project

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  • Details

    Sizes: 20", 22"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Dark, trashy, papery, low. Wide range, complex and moody mix. Soft and buttery feel with a very wobbly and vibrant response. Fairly defined stick sound over a dark and cloudy wash. Perfectly suited for quieter musical settings such as blues, jazz and acoustic styles. Very user-friendly for percussive use and classical mallet application.

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  • Details

    Sizes: 16", 17", 18", 19", 20"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Dark, warm, smoky. Medium wide range, complex mix. Buttery, soft feel with quick response. Rich, dark, mystical crash sound with tender clarity. Extremely lively cymbal for broad accents and crashes in intimate to semi-loud settings. Well suited for delicate ride patterns or mallet swells. «For those guys who really appreciate just having a cymbal that can do everything, the larger Dark Crashes can do anything. Very crash-able, and if you want to ride on them, they will give you all the ride patterns in the world.» - Gregory Hutchinson

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 14", 15"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Dark, full, soft, multi-layered. Medium wide range, complex mix. Soft, responsive feel. Velvety sizzling open sound. Rich, dark chick sound. A sensitive hi-hat perfectly suited for light to medium heavy use within Jazz, Blues, Country and other acoustic music styles.

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