Recording Drums Part 6 - Bringing It All Together
Part six in our series about how to record drums. To finish our drum recording tuition, Jay walks trough the process of bringing an entire kit together.Welcome to the final part in our series. To finish our drum recording tuition, Jay walks trough the process of bringing an entire kit together.
The First Step Toward a More Harmonious Final Result Is Reverb.
Reverb is important because we expect to hear music in some kind of space; if the final result is too dry, it will sound unnatural. In fact, our ears and minds are so adept at sensing space and distance, we can even perceive it accurately with our eyes closed (Jay Stapley explains this further in the video below). Because reverberation is so fundamental to our perception of sound, we need to recreate the sense of space and reflections that are so often missing from studio recording environments; this is where reverb comes in.
Getting a credible result with reverb is actually pretty easy; there are plenty of presets included with most plugins that will get you started. You will, however, need to tweak those presets a little further if you want a more polished result. Jay walks through the key parameters, including pre-delay and the creative use of side-chain to transform an acceptable, average reverb into an outstanding, professionally polished drum sound. Because this process requires a lot of detailed explanations, we'll let Jay do the talking in our video below....
The Final Mix
Finally, Jay walks through all the aspects of mixing a drum kit including EQ, PAN, phase, levels, and compression - all in context with the entire kit to produce a coherent final result. Jay even experiments with an interesting special effect technique known as the 'slam, or trash mic' - well worth checking out for some interesting results.