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Drums Recording Tips

Drums Recording Tips
Written by Roland Lim


Preparing to Record Tips #1: Drums

As should be the mentality with any recording involving live sound capture, the source of the sound (whether it be an instrument, amplifier, etc.) is a major focal point and should sound exactly how you want it to sound on the recording before you even place a microphone in front of it. The excuse of “fixing it in the mix” is simply unacceptable and will invariably lead to non-cohesive recordings that do not live up to their true sonic potential.

Drums in particular are a difficult instrument to record with top producers and studios paying specialists (such as Ross Garfield, the infamous “Drum Doctor”) to tune and adjust their drums for a particular recording session. Here some of my personal tips for getting your drums to sound the best that they can before we record together:

  •         Drum Dial – Although using your ears should be your first line of defense, a drum dial is a specialized pressure sensor that measures drum head tension at each lug nut. This allows you to dial in precise tunings that ensure even tone along the entire drum head.
  •         E-Rings – E-Rings are plastic rings that surround the top rim of your drum heads that prevent ringing tones on your toms or even on your snare drum. They are a great way to help your toms sound deeper and full bodied.
  •         Moon Gels – Similar in functionality to the E-Rings, moon gels are small rubber pads that can be stuck to the top and bottom drum heads to prevent ringing noises and to provide sound dampening for different sounds. Duck tape is often used as an alternative to moon gels, but can sometimes leave glue residue on your drum heads and is not as discreet.
  •         New Drum Heads – This one may sound obvious, but new drum heads can make a world of difference in terms of sound quality. This is especially true with the easily worn top snare head which if replaced can revitalize the snap of the snare as well as reveal greater ghost note clarity.

I hope you find these tips useful and I look forward to recording with you soon!

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