Creating the best Live Drum Tracking Room In Sydney

As promised in last issue heres some pics and the roof story-

The old 1970's false ceiling was a network of panels, insulation batts, fabric (note the 70’s patterns) plastic wrap and a stud grid.

We decided to keep the industrial look and save the grid, plus re use it to mount baffles and rope lights. Once the room was cleaned out , drop sheeted, and the Mics safely locked in one of the booths the first job was to suit up and remove all the roof panels and then the Insulation, it was just regular batts , nothing too nasty, but  hazmat suits were donned, better safe than sorry for the team.

We kept the best of these plus the thick plastic backing to re purpose the best of the old panels into much more useful insulated baffles -  some builders string, staples and tight measurements got those done with no problems.

Once everything was out and cleaned up we used a 3D laser set up, courtesy of master builder Jack, to align where the baffles would go up into the roof and where exactly to mount their caribeener type fittings. I’ve gotta say this device was an amazing piece of kit and saved a days work easily. Everything lined up perfectly on the laser lines and was up in no time at all. The baffles can now be moved around or taken down really easily to really open up the space for strings or anyone needing that John Bonham drum sound.

The next step was to re purpose the old light outlets into Batten mount GPOS and run the rope lights into them. That way the original switching still works and we are future proofed as well.

Finally mics and other live room kit went back into positions and some room mics were run out as a test with some drums(pics). Sessions ever since have been great, with a little more lows and plenty of hi end and that great ambience from the rooms. The CK451 near the window above the old mono tune started as a bit of fun but it sounded remarkably good as a room mic, surprising for a small diaphragm.

We have easiuly gained just over 4 metres in extra height, but its stilll very controllable with the panels and is just that extra bit brighter plus the guys report some more extra lows as well, so the old ceiling was acting as a bass trap, but its certaibnly hasnt added anything boomy or nasty low mid sounding so a win win we think.

Plenty more options with our Stereo Ribbon and Tube Mics way up high need to be explored. The old PZM mic will need to come out of the drawers case and see some use as well we think.

its early days but so far the different kits being recorded have included our in house DW, a Vintage Ludwig, a Gretsch Recording Kit and a Trusty Yamaha Custom and all have absolutely shone in the room.

 

 

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