Vinnie Colaiuta and Paiste Bridge The Gap
Swiss cymbal maker Paiste has announced the launch of the Formula 602 Modern Essentials. After the successful relaunch of the Formula 602 series, Paiste has developed a new sound dimension from 602 Bronze with the Formula 602 Modern Essentials, in collaboration with Vinnie Colaiuta.
The idea was to create a link between really dark and bright, transparent cymbals. Vinnie said, “I wanted to take some of that richness, warmth, darkness and a bit of complexity of the Signature Traditionals and combine that with the transparency and stick definition of the existing 602 sound. In retrospect, I think that Paiste Sound Development had a very similar idea. Their vision and my vision were completely in alignment.”
The Formula 602 Modern Essentials cover a vast range of musical styles: “What I had in mind was something that most discerning drummers are looking for,” Vinnie explained. “They are cymbals for many seasons. They can potentially cover just about anything I could think of, and it’s not specialised. It doesn’t control you, but you can control it. One of the things that we discussed in Sound Development was just how loud they would need to be. We wanted to get a little more volume, but not too much, because if cymbals are too loud, they can overpower the sound of the entire drum set. Volume has to have a quality.” Formula 602s are made by hand in Switzerland from the original 602 Bronze, using traditional methods that have remained unchanged in over half a century.