Those that record and mix multitrack drums know that a single ambient microphone placed within a space where drums are recorded can make all the difference to the sound, character and energy of final drum mixes, especially when blended in with drum overheads and spot mic channels. Sometimes ambient mics (also known as room mics) are not always captured in the drum tracking for reasons such as:
Limited inputs on an audio interface: Many favour overheads and spot mics over room mics. If an audio interface has only 8 mic pres then all the available input channels could be quickly used up capturing more focused parts of the drum kit
Limited number of microphones available
The room in which the drums are being recorded in isn’t large enough to warrant a room mic: Why record ambience if the room has little to offer?
Luckily there is a way to recreate a convincing “ambient drum mic” track to compliment your drum mixes in your DAW using Eventide’s brilliant Tverb plug-in. In this free video tutorial we show you how to achieve this mix trick along with a technique which adds punch and energy to the virtual drum room channel using Eventide’s Omnipressor dynamics processor.
What is Tverb From Eventide?
Eventide developed Tverb with legendary producer, musician, and engineer Tony Visconti. Tverb provides a fully customisable virtual room reverb along with some unique gating techniques and features. Within this virtual room (modeled on the legendary Meistersaal at Berlin’s Hansa Tonstudios) users can mix three virtual channels - One main “close mic” with subtle ambience and two moveable mics (which can be set to stereo) capturing the lush room reverb
Visit Eventide for more information about Tverb.