I need to recreate the Phil Collins drum sound from the mid-late 80s era Genesis stuff. As far as I can tell, it\'s pretty heavily Roto-tom based but I\'m no drummer, so I would really appreciate your opinion on how he made it. The Invisible Touch album appears to be COMPLETELY electronic drum based - no acoustic!
I\'ve got an Alesis DM5 drum module that has the classic \"hexagon\" electronic drum sound, though I don\'t know the details of the original drums that PC used. But I do remember the old hexagon drums. They never sounded as good as what came out of PC\'s studio.
Phil played a Gretch set with Concert Toms (ie. single headed) during the late 80\'s. If you have regular double headed Toms, then just take off the bottom heads. The posts above nailed the processing (ie. Gates and TONS of Compression).
I would look at soundsonline to see if they have some hits as part of the MegaDrums or some other techno house type collection. All you really need is one or two samples....I don\'t think they had much tonal difference in the velocities, and the sounds themselves were not samples but rather synthesized with white noise and other subtractive synth techniques.
Also, if they did use some sort of wave-sample, it was probably 8 or 12-bit (probably 8), but I don\'t think that they used samples at all (although for some reason I seem to remember seeing an EPROM slot on one....hmmm, I bet Eric Persing could answer that quite easily).