GRAMMY-winning recording engineer Ryan Hewitt explains his techniques for capturing drum sounds. "Drum Doctor" Ross Garfield consults with Ryan on a real-world studio setup for a session with A-list drummer Josh Freese.
- Hi, I'm Ryan Hewitt, and I'm gonna share some tips and techniques for you to make your drums sound great, in a recording studio. As a former drummer myself, I know how baffling it can be to try to tune a drum set, and make it sound great. It's gotta be ready and prepared to go into a recording studio before you can even put a microphone on it. We're here at EastWest Studios, in Hollywood, California, a place I assisted long ago, to get some amazing drum sounds in this room. Good drum sounds for a great record start with an amazing-sounding kit. We have Ross Garfield, the Drum Doctor, coming down with some really nice drums. He's gonna teach us how to set 'em up, how to make them sound good in the studio, change heads, tune 'em, treat 'em.
We're then gonna mic up the drums, we're gonna hear 'em in a control room, with a Neve console, and some great processing gear. After we get the kits sounding good, we're gonna have Josh Freese, one of the most recorded drummers in rock history, come in to play a great song for you. (drum solo and background music) We've got a lot of great mics to place, and some great sounds to get, and I'm really excited to get started. (ambient rock music)
- Working with a drum technician
- Choosing drums, cymbals, and heads
- Tuning drums
- Mic'ing the kick, snare, toms, and cymbals
- Placing room mics
- Creating a special sound with stunt mics