In this video, sponsored by Universal Audio, Eli Krantzberg looks at tracking live drums with the SSL 4000 E Channel. As a bonus, he’ll put Logic Pro X 10.4.1’s new ability to calculate the tempo of multi-tracked audio to work!
Being able to record audio with FX is both a blessing and a curse. The bad part is that it forces you to commit to capturing your source with some processing that will ultimately help the recording.
That’s also the good part!
In our little UAD universe, DSP resources are scarce. So anything you can commit to while you are tracking frees up that many resources for mixing later. But DSP aside, I also believe committing early on is efficient workflow.
I’m not suggesting painting yourself into a corner by committing to every little nuance that will be used in the mix. But as recording engineers, we learn through experience some general moves that we pretty much know will be necessary and useful as a starting point when it comes time to mix.
I’ve tracked my same drum set in this same room with the same mics, probably a hundred times. I know the sound of my kit in my room with my mics. And I know that regardless of genre, the different kit pieces will almost always benefit from certain general boosts/cuts at specific frequencies.
So why not commit to them at the beginning, get them out of the way, and then not have to think about them anymore? It frees me up creatively to zero in on more specific tweaks when it comes time for the actual mix.
SSL 4000 E Channel Strip
I’ve tried tracking my drums with several of the UAD Unison plug-ins; and for my setup and aesthetic sensibilities, I really like the sound of Universal Audio’s SSL 4000 E EQ's. I’ve got a Console preset saved that calls up an SSL 4000 E Channel Strip on each of the five channel strips I generally use when I record drums.
In this video, I’ll take you through the settings I like, and then track some live playing twice, for comparison sake. First with the Apollo’s built-in preamps, and then with the SSL 4000 E Channel Strip on each Console channel strip being used.
And as a bonus, we’ll put Logic Pro X 10.4.1’s new ability to calculate the tempo of multi-tracked audio to work!