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Jack Garufi

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4 Crazy Drum Recording Hacks
« on: March 07, 2017, 04:17:04 am »

Like every sound engineer knows, the drum sound is the foundation of the whole record.
That’s why drum miking is such a controversial and challenging subject, whether you’re a studio assistant or a Grammy Award winning engineer.
Over the years there has been a natural evolution of the drum sound depending on a certain music style in a specific period of time.
Butch Vig is an iconic drummer, sound engineer and producer well-known for his Nevermind drum sound. And like he recently said in an interview: “Drums really give the listener a sense of where a song has been recorded and where it's taking place”.
The greatest producers and engineers are the ones that have been able to think outside the box and that have pioneered new recording techniques no one ever thought about.
Here are 4 crazy (and hopefully useful) recording hacks you can use to get some interesting drum sounds...



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Re: 4 Crazy Drum Recording Hacks
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2017, 08:13:54 am »

Cute stuff... but frankly nothing Earth shattering here.  Its kind of rare that the actual drums make an appearance on far too much stuff that has been released over the last 20 years... but when it does -- the one thing that separates the men from the boys isn't where you put your "ambience" mics... nor is it your microphone selection for that task [and while they can be of great assistance, they're not "the answer"].

What separates the men from the boys is how you tune the drums.  There are some drummers who are great at it... there are far more who suck at it.  If you're going to track drums, this is THE most important skill to learn.  It takes a whole hell of a lot of practice, and whole hell of a lot of ear training [yes - ear training!!], but at the end of the day, it will make a shitload more of a difference than anything other than picking the right room -- and the right spot in the room.

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"Recording engineers are an arrogant bunch
If you've spent most of your life with a few thousand dollars worth of musicians in the studio, making a decision every second and a half... and you and  they are going to have to live with it for the rest of your lives, you'll get pretty arrogant too.  It takes a certain amount of balls to do that... something around three"
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Re: 4 Crazy Drum Recording Hacks
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2017, 10:57:28 am »

Sure, but how do you tune a drum machine? I think of the space those were recorded in, a small box full of chips.

Great drummers always know how to tune their kit. Stick with those and you can't go wrong. If you can't, get a Reso-tune and stop guessing.
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