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Author Topic: Drum track quality  (Read 726 times)

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February 20, 2016, 12:35:38 AM
What do you think about the technical quality of my drum track and what could be made better about the sound?
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2wPvp8bhWoUd2dCYVVnOWJZZFU/view?usp=sharing
It was recorded with a single mic to the right of the drummers shoulder pointing at the snare. All processing so far is EQ with FabFilterProQ followed by compression with TDR Kotelnikov.


EDIT: Added some pultec style low end EQ: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2wPvp8bhWoUZlJKbnAyVlFzc00/view?usp=sharing
« Last Edit: February 20, 2016, 02:21:36 AM by markanini »

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April 12, 2016, 11:49:44 AM
I'm a drummer and I've always struggled with getting good raw drum sounds. Until very recently, I always made the mistake of rolling off too much low end on my overhead mics. I think that may be the case here. Since you're only using one mic, and the drum set (as a whole) spans the entire frequency spectrum, you have to think even harder about EQ moves. By rolling off the lows, the kick drum becomes very distant sounding; no weight or impact. The snare and cymbals hijack the overall balance. I've actually had a lot of success with a mono "kit" mic in FRONT of the drums, waist high, about 3 feet from the bass drum, with the diaphragm of the mic pointed right at the belly and of the drummer. For a single source mic (in my environment) that seems to get the best tonal balance. Otherwise, I think you're on the right track. Hope that helps.
Chris
Drummer, Songwriter, Recording/Mixing Engineer
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