An experiment replacing the snare with a 14″ floor tom, an octoban played with the left foot, and no proper high hat. Featuring FMP percussion and Istanbul Agop cymbals. I often get inspired by different setups, mixing things up a bit, and seeing what happens. This groove appeared soon after setting up a 26″ Gothic Radius cymbal which compliments the toms. Technical note: This was the first time had used Michel Joly modded Oktava 219 mics on the toms.

A quiet groove that I can imagine someone like Jon Hassell or Brian Eno layering some soundscapes on top of.


 

A bit of a soundcheck before laying down some drums for the score of “Little Paradise”. Douglas Pipes was the composer, and he was looking for an open, dare I say ‘jazzy’ type drum sound for his music. There were no close mics used, just 2 room microphones and a mono overhead mic.

This is the kind of studio drumming that I enjoy a lot – oragnic, dynmaic, and real sounding tracks. You can hear some of the finished cues that were used in the film in this post.

As part of my gear review of Shure’s Beta Drum Mics, I put together a video to demonstrate the differences that you can hear (and see). SM57s are typically the snare drum mic of choice in the recording studio, but the Betas make for a great alternative, and their sizes are super convenient and easier to use.

Since this review and video, I’ve been using some vintage Shure Unidyne IIIs on snare drum for recording, so I’ll have to do a video on those at some point.

I enjoy hearing what others have to say about drum recording techniques and gear that they use, so please comment below. Now for the video

 



Here’s a soundcloud playlist featuring music from the film “Little Paradise” composed by my friend Douglas Pipes. I recorded some studio drumming and percussion for the soundtrack, and it was good fun recording with him. I of course love film music.

Douglas wanted a groovy live acoustic drum sound for the cues, and we talked a lot about capturing room sounds, making things sound natural, and dare I say the word…. jazzy.

The majority of the work was with an open sounding acoustic drum set played with brushes and some cymbal swells with mallets, On some of the cues I added some sparse percussion (tambourines, shakers, caxixi, and hand drums) which added some extra energy and aural flavors to the music. Good times!

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http://www.littleparadisemovie.com/

http://douglaspipes.com/

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An excerpt from a recording session I did for composer/arranger John Sawoski. 8:15am is never to early to rock out.

These are raw tracks (no plugins on the individual channels),  with just a little love from the Vertigo VSC-2 Compressor by Brainworx on the master bus in Pro Tools.

All cymbals by Istanbul Agop
All drum heads by Aquarian Drumheads

Instrument: Microphone / Mic Pre:

  • Kick: Shure Beta 52 / API
  • Snare top: Shure SM57 / Universal Audio 4110
  • Snare bottom: Shure Unidyne III / Universal Audio 4110
  • Toms: JZ BT-201s / API
  • Overheads: AKG 451s / API
  • Room mics: Oktava 219s (Michael Joly mod) / Universal Audio 4110