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Creative Minimal Drum Signal Chain

Discussion in 'Drums' started by ThirdBird, Nov 30, 2010.

  1. ThirdBird

    ThirdBird Active Member

    Lets pretend I only have two inputs into the DAW.
    Seasound Soloist anyone?
    User Reviews Seasound Soloist - Wikizic

    Lets also pretend I have a crappy mixer.
    Behringer XENYX1002
    Behringer Xenyx 1002FX Mixer from Pulse Music

    For preamps, lets say I have two cheapies too.
    DBX 286A
    286A Mic Pre-Amp processor:: dbx Professional Products

    And lets make believe I have the following mics:
    SM58
    AT2020
    Cheapo Nady Dynamic Kick Mic
    2 Cheapo Nady SDC overheads

    For drums, lets say I have a 4-piece 1970 Ludwig set.
    Ziljdian K's
    Evans G Plus heads

    Also for drums, I also might have a 6 piece DW Collector's
    A Custom Zildjians
    Evans EC2's with SST heads.


    Now for the truth, that wasn't pretend.... it is what I currently have to work with. Now let's make believe I have 20,000 USD! Crap, aint gonna happen.

    I want to record Reggae drums. As of now, I am unsure if I want to shoot for a more modern produced sound, or some lo-fi roots kind of vibes.

    What are some ways to make this hodge podge of gear sound as best as possible?
    I am looking for any kind of micing setup, signal chain variations, or drum tuning suggestions. Also looking for any input on in the box gating, compression, limiting, reverb or other fx.

    Please be creative as possible, I am open to all suggestions.... And thank you for any responses!




    (mods, if this belongs in budget gear, please move it.... I know its cheapo but I am looking to achieve a pro audio mindset using the tools I have available, thanks)
     
  2. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    I dont move anything unless its adware or spam from mars.....

    Use the old kit for this. Use the Nady stuff as you normally would.....kick, overs....use the 2020 on the room out in front of the kit at belt level. Move to suit your ear.

    Think "Watching The Detectives" by the REAL Elvis...as a guide.

    Get a GREAT bass sound as this is going to carry everything in the groove.

    Make the guitar clear but not overpowering as it is the main downbeat.

    Smoke a splif and enjoy.


    BTW. LOVE the DW"S and that is a big-time kit. Too clean and precise for Raggae
     
  3. ThirdBird

    ThirdBird Active Member

    Dave,

    Because I only have two final inputs, would you put the kick on one of the inputs, and the the other 3 mics on the other?


    Also, that song was a complete gem, thank you!
     
  4. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Yes. That would give you better chance to balance the sound correctly. Consider the two overs and the room mic as the same sort of source and the kick individually.
     
  5. ThirdBird

    ThirdBird Active Member

    Dave, here is a cool live vid I saw.... YouTube - Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Watching The Detectives (Live Stiffs Tour 1977)
     

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