In this free video tutorial for Production Expert, Technical Editor and Drummer James Ivey once again makes a visit to Woodworm Studios in Oxfordshire UK to visit Engineer and Producer Mike Exeter to record drums to a track that James and Mike started work on earlier in the year for a series on recording electric guitar.
Recently we were sent a pair of Lauten Audio LS-208 large diaphragm, end fire condenser microphones and to try them out James decided to use them as the overhead mics for a tracking session. In this article, we show how to set them up over the kit and then take a listen to the end result.
Microphone placement is widely regarded as a key skill to develop in music production. If you ignore it or rush it you run the risk of chasing your tail in a mix and your music will most likely suffer. For those new to music production and recording mic placement can be a daunting skill to get your head around. That’s why we have produced a series of video tutorials on recording a variety of different instrument types typically recorded in full band lineups covering drums, bass, guitars and vocals across 7 videos you can watch today.
In this free video tutorial, brought to you with the support of Universal Audio, I have captured a simple jazz drum set recording solely with a pair of inexpensive Rode small-diaphragm condenser overhead mics. A single stereo instance of the UAD Neve 88RS channel strip is used to bring out the best qualities of the kit and get a beautifully balanced blend. All with just two simple overhead microphones.
In this article we suggest a number of alternatives to regular compressors which all do the job of dynamic processing very well, though not all process audio in the traditional sense of a compressor, which makes many of these good alternatives to traditional compressors. Some preserve dynamics, which can reduce audible compression artefacts, whilst others are more geared towards providing the effects of compression but within a GUIs that are super simple to use, which can save users valuable time in the mix.
I was asked by a friend just the other day why I set up my drum overhead mics the way I did. I explained my ideas and methodologies and he said “Haven’t you tried anything more conventional?” This article is the story of my experiments including audio examples for you to listen to and compare for yourself.
In this article we share seven golden rules of drum mixing to help you tackle your next live multitrack drum mix. The points presented are valuable rules that many top mix engineers use in order to work a set of drum channels together in a mix. These rules do not focus on specific plug-ins or processor techniques, instead these points are broad mindsets that can apply to your workflows to help you stay focused on mixing a drum kit as a single instrument instead of a collection of kit pieces.
I have lost count of the number of times I have seen vintage ribbon mics used as drum overhead mics, but have you seen the prices for mics like the Coles 4081 go for on the second hand market? Not to mention that vintage mics have a habit of packing up when you least expect it and most need them. I decided to try some modern ribbon microphones by Sontronics and Audio Technica and put them over my kit and let you hear how they fair. I might have just found a new favourite set of overhead mics.
GetGoodDrums is an impressive new company. Their purpose built Smash and Grab drum compressor brings a surprisingly fresh, intuitive, and musical plug-in to the table in an already extremely crowded market. In this video, you’ll see and hear how it works on more nuanced and complex drum parts; that use grace notes, dynamics, fills, rolls, and more.
Learn how 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 this “virtual drum room channel” using Eventide’s Omnipressor dynamics processor.
In this video, Paul Drew and James Ivey look at the microphones and UAD-2 plug-in choices that Paul made to record the band live in his studio. The aim of this project is to record, mix and master the song using nothing but the new Apollo X range of audio interfaces and UAD-2 plug-ins. This is part 3 of 6 for Production Expert, with the support of Universal Audio, in which Paul and James continue the tracking process for a new song called “Thought Of Love” by Belgian band Rooftop Renegades.
How would you approach the recording of these drums? You’ve got 18 mics to choose from and 16 available inputs on the audio interface. The best ideas you share in the comments will be tested and included in a future Production Expert video. Let’s hear your amazing drum recording techniques!
In this video, Paul reaches for a selection of guitars to build on the drums and bass parts recorded in the first part of this series. The aim of this project is to record, mix and master the song using nothing but the new Apollo X range of audio interfaces and UAD-2 plug-ins. This is part 2 of 6 for Production Expert, with the support of Universal Audio, in which Paul and James continue the tracking process for a new song called “Thought Of Love” by Belgian band Rooftop Renegades.
In this video, the first of a new six part series for Production Expert, with the support of Universal Audio, Paul Drew and James Ivey begin the tracking process for a new song called “Thought Of Love” by Belgian band Rooftop Renegades. The aim of this project is to record, mix and master the song using nothing but the new Apollo X range of audio interfaces and UAD-2 plug-ins. In this first video, James takes to the drums to lay down a solid foundation for the track and Paul adds some real bass to lock in with the kick drum.
Using drum samples to augment your acoustic drum recordings is nothing new but sometime you just want to add some much need raw power to your mix and this is where the use of whats called one-shot samples can really help by creating a punch and consistency to the track that was perhaps missing from the original.
If you are in the market for a new drum library or virtual instrument then this list represents some of the best drum software products you can buy today to help you get your grooves down in your next production.
Recently, Steven and the team at Steven Slate Drums released the latest version of SSD, Steven Slate Drums 5. Now what I could do is give you a blow by blow walk through of the new and improved user interface. Or, I could tell you how wonderful the samples are and how low the CPU usage is, but no, there are plenty of other folk out there in “internet land” who are going to be doing that. What I’m going to do is let you listen to how I have been using SSD 5 in a real world session. I’ll tell you about a couple of the tweaks I have made and I’ll let you listen to a basic rock band mix with some of the different kits I really like.
UVI’s latest instrument Drum Designer is smart by providing users with two workflows within the instrument. Users can either load an entire kit (containing kick, snare, claps and cymbals only) and program their grooves within the built-in sequencer using global effects or they can use an instance of Drum Designers on individual kit pieces and tracks within their DAWs.
TNR Products' Booty Shaker isolation mounts are the brainchild of guitarist/composer Rich Wiley, and professional drummer Toby Ahrens. After much experimentation they came up with two products, the Booty Shaker floor tom isolation mounts ($15.39 + tax), and mounted tom and snare mounts ($22.39 + tax.) We recently had a chance to put these products to the test under ideal conditions at Blackbird Studio in Nashville, TN.
In this video tutorial we show you how to get great sounding multi-track drum recordings in small rooms at source using less than 8 microphones. Included is a free download of the audio stems recorded in the example segment that you can import into your DAW to enable you to hear the sound of each of the microphones in more detail