• Recording Drums Cleveland Ohio

    August 30, 2019 | Wade Nichols
  • Recording Drums Cleveland, Ohio. We have developed a system to help us record drums. There are several steps to get a great drum sound. We will walk you through it step by step so that you can try and recreate it at home. Or come to Starsound, where we have your back.

    First, when recording drums Cleveland, Ohio, you have to tune all of your drums to a specific tension. It needs to be the same for each drum. The same pressure means you are letting the drum body itself determine the sound. We tune our drums to 70psi for every lug, and the result is 75 in the middle of the head when finished. Crossing the lugs the same way you tighten your tire on to the car is the key. Do this the same for the top head and bottom head of your drums.

    Secondly, put a few cotton balls into each drum. This should be done before you tighten the head down. The purpose of the cotton is to deaden the decay of the drum. Soon as you hit the batter head, the cotton balls fly into the air and land back down on the resonant head. The cotton balls hitting the resonant head reduces the amount of ring the drum produces. This is great for a recording. It means less editing when a drum quickly decays.

  • What Is Next When Recording Drums Cleveland Ohio


    Third, when recording drums, Cleveland, Ohio, we adjust the level of the drum microphones by turning up or down the preamp. The preamp flows into ProTools through its converters, which are set to -18dB. That level is where the converters are aligned to analog zero. This way, our gain staging is set to hit analog gear immediately. We put a plugin with a meter inside and set that level accordingly. This is a big step when using any outboard analog gear. You will want to check your interface to see what it is aligned to and use that number from the user manual.

    Next, have the band play together when recording drums Cleveland, Ohio. Listen to the bass guitar and kick drum relationship. Make sure there is no masking of frequencies. If the kick is the lowest element in the song, adjust the bass guitar sound by applying a high pass filter to the desired equalizer frequency. Reverse that process if the bass is carrying the bottom of the song. When you are confident that the drums sit well with the rest of the music, you are ready to go. Until next time!

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