Recording Drums

Recording Drums- For a great recording you need real drums played by a real drummer. I have to say that drums are the most difficult instrument to record due to there being so many single instruments that comprise a “drum set”. First you need good sounding well tuned drums. There is no way to make a poor drum sound sound good with plugins short of replacing every thing with samples. If you are practicing and don’t like what you hear, you won’t like what you record. A great sounding snare is of first priority. Next is a good sounding bass drum. Good cymbals will record well with the right mics. Dynamic mics like the good old SM57 work well on the snare and toms. You can get an OK sound on the Bass Drum but a larger diaphragm mic such as the AKG D112 will require much less EQ. For the cymbals you really need some type of condenser mics (2 for left and right). These overheads also draw the sounds of the other mics together. Now for the drummer. The drummer needs to play the proper dynamics and blend of set parts in order for the mix to sound right. Yes, we can change the balance some to extent due to the multiple micing but if the drummer plays the wrong style, the “fix in the mix” is only a band aid. If you want a strong back beat, play it that way. The drum recordings that you hear on this site were recorded with a Drum Workshop maple snare, Zildjian A cymbals and a old Gretsch Jazz Set. Most of the heads are Remos aside from the Aquarian bass drum head.

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