Continuing and finishing with the drum set, in this video Brian will demonstrate how to treat room mics used to capture the way the drums sound when distantly mic’ed. This audio example has a wonderful variety of room mics that have been very well recorded and provide tremendous sounds to be treated by a very special compressor.
- [Voiceover] Another final R-O component of a well-recorded…acoustic drum set is the room ambience,…and that's usually achieved by…one or more large-diaphragm microphones…placed throughout the room in strategic positions,…and usually not too close to the drums themselves.…Even most programmed drum parts come to me now…with either a re-amped or replayed…room ambience or a manufactured one…with a very sophisticated I-R, or,…I-R is impulse response,…type reverberator, or even a normal sort of…DSP-controlled reverberation unit.…
But, we have here a very well recorded…acoustic drum kit…and a lot of different options for the microphones.…So I'm scrolling down, all the different ones.…And I've sort of arranged them in an order…that seems to be close to far,…so although I wasn't there for the tracking of this,…I've arranged it so that it's laid out for you…in a way that sounds like…it was laid out in the room itself.…Let's play the whole song again.…("Light The Fuse" by Max Liberty)…A little context there.…
Listen to this first mic.…
Brian starts with the basics of creating a mix template and getting a good raw balance of the instruments in the mix. He then dives deep into signal processing techniques on many types of instruments, including drums, bass, guitar, keys, vocals, percussion, strings, and brass. He'll pick out and treat individual tracks with compression and EQ, add space with reverb and echo, and modulate the sound with flangers and phase shifters. Pro Tools is used throughout the course, but the techniques will work equally well with the DAW of your choice.
- Customizing a mix template
- Understanding the interplay of volume, panning, EQ, and dynamics
- Processing drums
- Processing lead and background vocals
- Gain processing
- Treating the bass guitar and synth guitar
- Placing piano in the mix
- Treating strings and brass