Drum Recording Techniques part 2

The Kit in the Room


One simple room technique to follow is irregular surfaces or no parallel walls. Use furniture, drapes and so on to help create this. With a LEDE room, try to have lots of absorbent/warm kind of stuff like a couch, cushions, drapes at one end and very little at the other. Then try the kit in the dead end pointing toward the live end and vice versa. Walk around the room and whichever sounds more natural, go with that. Listen to the balance of the kick drum versus the snare and hi-hats where you may find when it’s in the live end, the top end of the hi-hats and snare overpower the low end of the kick/floor tom. Try placing the kit the other way around and eventually you’ll find a happy medium. Of course once you have done this it will be fairly true for most other kits. Finding the sweet spot in a room for certain instruments is where professional engineers save a lot of time as they know what works where in their studio.

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Often one of the most misunderstood aspects of recording bands/live groups is capturing the drum parts effectively without compromising either the drummer’s playing or the other musicians.

This is a step-by-step guide of common sense, tips and tricks that has assisted me over the years.

Please be aware I will not be going into musical elements here such as drum parts, song arrangements and so on as that should already have been worked out in pre production. This is about the engineering side of pulling a great drum sound.


Romans Vs Recording

I Have been reading some Roman History of late and have been wondering if anything has really changed  in the last 2000 years?
For example this is some of what the Romans were talking about circa 12AD - 

Traffic congested
Roads need repair
Too many tourists
Town planning given over to greedy developers
Gambling rife
War always on somewhere, always far from home with daily media updates
Slight whiff of corruption in local govt and jobs for the boys
Wine plentiful and relatively cheap
Spin and rhetoric from the poli’s every day
Religion/faith/ceremony still practiced but empty of meaning for most
Burocracy gone wild  ie-“use this form to request the form you really need “
Taxes numerous and unavoidable except for the rich .....

-----hmm sounding familiar, reads a bit like the weekend paper doesnt it?  and although they invented Fast Food, decent roads, water supply and sanitation – not to mention our current calendar and a lot of the legal and poilitical systems we still use The Romans COMPLETELY FAILED at inventing QUALITY AUDIO RECORDING.

- at least in 2000 years of ‘Progress’ we now have that-especially down at damien gerards.


**Blake Saban 3 - Album Recording 

Blake Saban 3 were back at it again in the studio this month, hot on the recording trail of a new album. The session has been long but a lot of fun. Russell has been doing what he does best in pulling out some of the best sounds from the band, who are more than happy with the results so far (even without mastering). Keep an eye out for Blake Saban 3's upcoming album which is sure to create some waves. 

** In The Studio - Stars of Addiction 
We we're over the moon to have Stars of Addiction in the studio this month. The guys were in to record their new album. Some significantly large sounds were pumping out of the amp's in this session especially from Bobby Joe on guitar. Have a look at the video here  . We look forward to hearing the album once it is mastered and ready for release 

** News from the Red Stairs. (pic above)
Andy Beck has been a busy man in the Red Stairs this month, tonnes of Mastering and recently sorting out vocals for Kid Kenetic Crew. The Crew enlisted the help of the infamous Maz Mazak to lay down some vocals for them. Stuff was sounding tight at last listen and it wasn't even finished yet. Exciting times 

** Studio Deals. 
We've always been a supporter of new music. If this is your first time recording a demo, or if you are an experienced studio-goer with hours of sessions  under your belt, give us a call and we can sort out a deal that works for you. 02 9331 0666

Recent Sessions

Recent Sessions
May and June have seen a wealth of fine artists come through the doors, everything from Hazmat creating Metal Mayhem to EDM Mastering and Corporate Voice Overs.
Earlier in the year we had Half Moon Run from Montreal come through-heres a pic of Andrew Beck sorting them out.

The Sessions have included Maxine Kauter's new recordings with Pete Holz at the helm, Andrew Beck working with Scott Bird on a donation song for a Buddhist Event, New Sydney Indie Band Mezko spent a weekend with Russ working on their New EP, Winterstation and Throwdown also worked with Russell.


Andrew Read and his band  spent a few days with Russ Mixing their new album soon to be mastered by Andrew, Warren from Torchsong is cutting some of his own Piano Tracks this week as well as Stars of Addiction starting their new USA release with Rusty.-plenty of mastering too-some EDM stuff, Bob Pigott, Calling Mayday, Mark Cashin's Eyesound Compilation, 



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