Join Larry Crane for an in-depth discussion in this video Treating drum sounds in the room, part of Music Production Secrets: Larry Crane on Recording.
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Larry: I found a place in the room where I want to record the drums, right? …I've got Dave here to play the drums for me. …Now, one of the things you should think about is do you treat the room? …I know this sounds a little crazy, and here we are, like in a better recording …space than a nice studio. But it's really fun to take some elements …in and bring him in and change up the way the drums actually sound in the room. …Now first, I want to hear a little bit of the drums as they are naturally. …We're going to record these with just the overhead mics too, so you hear a real …clean, straight sound of what the drums are in this space.…
Are you ready? Just give me a little bit. …(MUSIC). Cool. …Thank you. So, that's what the room sounds like as …it is, with the drums over here in this spot. …Now, what's going to be really cool, come, come and help me do this, Dave. …We gotta move these. (INAUDIBLE) put some gobos in around the drums. …Usually, I put them in in a V-shape back here.…
So Dave's going to help me move these guys into place. …
First, Larry introduces basic signal flow techniques that will improve any recorded sound. Then he explains some of his recording secrets, like how to capture acoustic guitars and vocals at the same time, how to choose the best microphone for a vocalist, and how to use stereo mics and room placement to create an ensemble sound on a single performer.
- Understanding input signal path
- Gain staging
- Checking phase on a drum kit
- Miking snare drums
- Comparing vocal mics
- Recording live acoustic guitar with vocals
- Using distortion with bass guitar
- Finding the best drum placement in rooms
- Recording upright piano
- Creating your own style