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Getting the drum sound

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Now that you've placed all the microphones and experimented with different positions and approaches, it's time have a listen to see what we have. Here is the best way to do a sound check on the drums. For each drum that you're checking have the drummer do a steady slow beat on that drum only at about one hit per second. You don't want it hit too quickly because you want to hear the decay of the sound. Let's start with the kick drum. (music playing) Have the drummer begin with even hits on the kick drum about a second apart, so you can hear the decay.

Getting the drum sound

Now that you've placed all the microphones and experimented with different positions and approaches, it's time have a listen to see what we have. Here is the best way to do a sound check on the drums. For each drum that you're checking have the drummer do a steady slow beat on that drum only at about one hit per second. You don't want it hit too quickly because you want to hear the decay of the sound. Let's start with the kick drum. (music playing) Have the drummer begin with even hits on the kick drum about a second apart, so you can hear the decay.

Check that there are no overload or peak indicators lit. Then raise the level of the kick in the monitors to a moderately loud level. Check that the sound isn't distorting, and there are no crackles or loud mechanical noises from the kick. If there is see if you can isolate that unwanted sound and try to eliminate it. Try changing the mic cable first since that's usually where the problem is. If the drum doesn't sound right, try moving the mic to change the sound before you do anything. Move the mic closer to the beater if you need more definition or move it away if you need more body.

You can also try to aim the mic more at the shell of the drum if you need more body and less of the beater sound. If none of that gets you the sound you want, try a different mic. Sometimes one mic can make for an ideal combination with the particular kick drum, while another just doesn't work. When you're finished, mute or lower the kick drum channel, then move on to the snare. (music playing) Use the same method on each of the other drums and cymbals. (music playing) It doesn't sound right, change the tuning. Add or decrease the muffling.

Change the position of the mic or change the mic. (music playing) And that's how we do a drum sound check. For each drum that you're checking have the drummer do a steady slow beat on that drum only at about one hit per second so you can hear the decay of the sound.

Something doesn't sound right, change the tuning or add or subtract some muffling, then change of position of the mic, and then finally change out the mic. (music playing)

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Audio Recording Techniques

130 video lessons · 17257 viewers

Bobby Owsinski
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  1. 5m 28s
    1. Welcome
      2m 11s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      1m 22s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 29s
    4. Listening to this course
      26s
  2. 6m 39s
    1. Setting up your monitors
      4m 17s
    2. Using a basic listening technique
      2m 22s
  3. 25m 29s
    1. Exploring different microphone types
      5m 16s
    2. Microphone directional response basics
      2m 43s
    3. Hearing different directional patterns
      4m 58s
    4. Exploring how the proximity effect works
      3m 55s
    5. Explaining microphone controls
      1m 49s
    6. Reviewing microphone accessories
      3m 3s
    7. Exploring direct boxes
      1m 9s
    8. Exploring amplifier emulators
      2m 36s
  4. 24m 32s
    1. Explaining the microphone preamplifier
      3m 59s
    2. Choosing a preamp
      1m 35s
    3. Setting up the mic preamp
      1m 39s
    4. Setting the record level
      2m 29s
    5. Using proper gain staging
      1m 46s
    6. Knowing what to do if distortion occurs
      2m 0s
    7. Using the compressor during recording
      2m 58s
    8. Using the equalizer (EQ) during recording
      2m 24s
    9. Using the high-pass filter during recording
      1m 4s
    10. Exploring the principles of EQ
      47s
    11. Avoiding latency
      3m 51s
  5. 15m 40s
    1. Finding the best place in the room to record
      2m 44s
    2. Choosing the right mic
      2m 24s
    3. The secret to mic placement
      2m 12s
    4. Understanding phase cancellation, the sound destroyer
      2m 29s
    5. Checking polarity
      3m 9s
    6. Checking the phase by listening
      2m 42s
  6. 54m 29s
    1. Finding the right placement in the room for the drums
      1m 48s
    2. The keys to a great drum sound
      2m 2s
    3. Tuning the drums
      2m 19s
    4. Tuning tips and tricks
      2m 26s
    5. Miking the bass drum without a front head
      2m 15s
    6. Miking the bass drum with front head port
      1m 5s
    7. Miking the bass drum with a front head
      1m 12s
    8. Using a subkick microphone
      1m 31s
    9. Miking the snare drum: Technique one
      3m 2s
    10. Miking the snare drum: Technique two
      57s
    11. Adding a bottom snare mic
      1m 45s
    12. Miking the hi-hat
      2m 14s
    13. Miking the toms
      2m 24s
    14. Miking the cymbals
      3m 14s
    15. Miking the overall kit
      1m 25s
    16. Using room mics
      2m 2s
    17. Getting the drum sound
      2m 47s
    18. Getting the correct drum mix balance
      2m 50s
    19. Checking the drum phase
      2m 18s
    20. Panning the drums
      2m 25s
    21. Tweaking the drum sound with EQ
      3m 10s
    22. Using the one-mic drum recording technique
      2m 37s
    23. Using the two-mic drum recording technique
      1m 5s
    24. Using the three-mic drum recording technique
      1m 45s
    25. Using the four-mic drum recording technique
      1m 26s
    26. Tips for drummers to use before recording
      1m 15s
    27. Tracking a solo drum part
      1m 10s
  7. 27m 31s
    1. Finding the right placement in the room for the guitar
      1m 24s
    2. Miking the amplifier: Technique one
      1m 58s
    3. Miking the amplifier: Technique two
      1m 30s
    4. Miking the amplifier: Technique three
      1m 54s
    5. Using the Marshall cabinet miking trick
      1m 30s
    6. Recording the electric guitar direct
      6m 51s
    7. Prepping for recording acoustic guitar
      58s
    8. Recording the acoustic guitar with one mic
      2m 46s
    9. Recording the acoustic guitar with two mics
      1m 46s
    10. Recording the acoustic guitar with three mics
      1m 19s
    11. Exploring stereo acoustic guitar miking techniques
      1m 31s
    12. Recording the acoustic guitar direct
      1m 14s
    13. Using a limiter when recording acoustic guitar
      1m 39s
    14. Tracking the guitar part
      1m 11s
  8. 14m 0s
    1. Finding the right placement in the room for the bass
      57s
    2. Recording the bass using a direct box
      1m 44s
    3. Miking the bass amplifier
      2m 13s
    4. Using a limiter when recording the bass guitar
      3m 8s
    5. Miking an acoustic bass: Technique one
      3m 4s
    6. Miking an acoustic bass: Technique two
      1m 43s
    7. Tracking the bass part
      1m 11s
  9. 20m 47s
    1. Finding the right placement in the room for vocals
      53s
    2. Recording a scratch vocal
      1m 24s
    3. Exploring vocal mic placement
      3m 2s
    4. Using a limiter on vocals
      2m 7s
    5. Recording in the control room
      1m 35s
    6. Setting up the vocal headphone mix
      2m 26s
    7. Doubling the vocal
      2m 52s
    8. Getting the best from a singer
      1m 16s
    9. Exploring background vocal mic placement
      2m 53s
    10. Layering background vocals
      1m 5s
    11. Recording the lead vocal part
      1m 14s
  10. 10m 49s
    1. Recording a solo grand piano with one mic
      2m 14s
    2. Recording a solo grand piano in stereo
      1m 8s
    3. Close miking a grand piano with one mic
      3m 10s
    4. Close miking a grand piano with two mics: Method one
      1m 39s
    5. Close miking a grand piano with two mics: Method two
      1m 25s
    6. Recording the piano part
      1m 13s
  11. 13m 57s
    1. Finding the right placement in the room for horns
      1m 18s
    2. Recording a solo sax: Technique one
      2m 40s
    3. Recording a solo sax: Technique two
      2m 30s
    4. Recording a solo brass instrument
      3m 20s
    5. Recording a horn section: Technique one
      2m 27s
    6. Recording a horn section: Technique two
      30s
    7. Recording the horn section part
      1m 12s
  12. 7m 30s
    1. The key to miking any acoustic instrument
      1m 3s
    2. Recording an acoustic string instrument
      2m 25s
    3. Recording a dobro
      1m 36s
    4. Recording the dobro part
      1m 13s
    5. Recording the string section
      1m 13s
  13. 2m 36s
    1. Recording drum percussion
      1m 19s
    2. Recording hand percussion
      1m 17s
  14. 5m 23s
    1. Recording electric keyboards
      1m 58s
    2. Recording acoustic instruments with a pickup
      2m 11s
    3. Recording the synth part
      1m 14s
  15. 12m 4s
    1. Understanding the idea behind stereo recording
      1m 14s
    2. Using the X/Y configuration
      3m 21s
    3. Using the ORTF configuration
      2m 27s
    4. Using the spaced pair configuration
      3m 16s
    5. Using a stereo mic
      1m 46s
  16. 20m 26s
    1. Setting up for a tracking session
      4m 17s
    2. Setting up a talkback mic
      1m 27s
    3. Using sound leakage to your advantage
      1m 36s
    4. Setting up the headphone mix
      2m 31s
    5. Setting up a click track
      2m 11s
    6. Setting up for overdubs
      2m 17s
    7. Recording the rhythm section in the studio
      6m 7s
  17. 48m 47s
    1. The keys to a great rough mix
      4m 55s
    2. Setting up the effects
      3m 47s
    3. The rough mix of Simply Falling
      35m 35s
    4. The final mix of Simply Falling
      4m 30s
  18. 1m 2s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 2s

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