In this video interview for Pro Tools Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey talks to Producer and Engineer Jack Ruston about their experiences recording stereo and mono drum overheads at the stunning Old Chapel Studio. James also talks to the owner of The Old Chapel, Paul Burton. They talk about Paul's love of drums and how he has geared The Old Chapel to be the place for recording live drums.
Jack and James start off by talking about the drums. The shells, the heads the condition of the instrument all matter a great deal when recording. Jack passes on some of his ideas about tuning drums, specifically tuning the snare drum for the song and how in some styles of music you may choose to tune the toms to specific pitches. They then go on to talk about the room you are recording the drums in. The live room at The Old Chapel makes drums sound amazing. All we as engineers need to do is capture it.
In the middle of the chat with Jack, James breaks off to talk with Paul about his studio The Old Chapel. Paul built the studio a little over 10 years ago and has created a beautiful residential studio with a quite stunning sounding space for drums. Paul also talks a little about his focus on tracking bands and in particular drums and his collection of modern, vintage and classic drums.
Jack then goes on to talk about how the drums, the room and our mic choices all play a part in our final recording.
This interview forms the final part of our day at the Old Chapel. Thanks to Paul for letting us conduct our audio experiments at his studio on his birthday no less. Thanks to Jack for his attention to detail and his passion for great sound. Thanks also to you for sticking with us. If you haven't see the other parts to this project check out the videos below.
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