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Many drummers who don't have a lot of studio experience aren't sure of exactly what they should bring to a session and what they should do when they get there, here's a little guidance you can offer them in order to make your job of recording them easier. Change your heads. Nothing will help the sound of your drums like new heads. Get a set of new heads--or at least the top ones--and either change them before you get to the studio, or make sure that you have enough time to do so before recording. Make sure your drums are in tune. Tune your drums as previously described or hire someone that really knows how to do it.
Not only will you learn something, but you'll get a much better sounding recording as a result. Bring all your snares to the session. You never know if and when a particular snare is right for the song until you try it. Sometimes you can be surprised about how good or how bad a drum sounds in the context of recording, so to be safe, bring as many snares as you can to the session. Bring extra heads, sticks, beaters, and cymbals. Just like onstage, this is the professional thing to do. You have to have backups in case you break a head or crack a cymbal.
Even if you usually only play with a certain type of stick, bring several kinds, plus mallets and brushes, since that could be the perfect sound for the track you're recording.
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