For ages now I've been trying to improve the overall drum sound I
can achieve. Alas I always end up blending in Drumagog despite some advances, but before
I spend any more money on mics, signal chains or even the rooms I have access to I thought
I'd seek some opinions.
I recently received a project that needed the drums
redoing. The original drum tracks sound really natural, and exactly what I have been
trying to achieve. My main gripes with my own sounds are the snare always sounds thin and
lacks thump, the kick always sounds a bit hollow and the overheads always sound too
I've uploaded some A/B comparisons here Drum Samples
Drums A were the files I received - of which I know the following info about:
Kick was mic'd with an Audix D6, the snare is unknown, and the overheads were a pair of
Calrec Ribbons. The interface was a Tascam Firewire1804 with just the built in
I've put a sample of the overall drum mix, solo'd kick, solo'd snare
and solo'd overheads.
Drums B were the files I recorded. Kick was an AKG
D112, Snare was a SM57, and overheads were a matched pair of Rode NT5s. Preamps were DAV
BG1s and interface was Motu 24i/o.
I take on board the fact its a different
drum kit, and different room, but the difference in the overhead sound and the snare sound
is what interests me most, as all my recordings regardless of whether its a cheap Pearl
kit or a top end DW kit always has similar traits in the thin sounding snare and the
overheads sounding more like room mics (they are usually directly over the cymbals,
equidistant to the snare - 1.5-2ft above the cymbals.
None of these files have
been treated - no eq on the inbound or compression. The difference between A and B sets
are light and shade to me so what should I be doing to get somewhere closer to A?