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Drum Secrets!

Discussion in 'Drums' started by remmurd, May 25, 2006.

  1. remmurd

    remmurd Guest

    Hello, all. Does anyone know the micing and EQ technique, employed by, he one, Andy Wallace, for kick and snare? I have tried everything under the sun and can not get close.

    I would also like to kow the secret to Lord Alge's mix (drums) on the new Switchfoot release, "Nothing is Sound". This stuff is brimming with presence and tone. Gotta love the fat, punchy snare hits!

    Thanks, "Scuba" Steve
  2. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    You're talking about guys with pretty darn BIG budgets.

    This does help immensely.

    Even though I dont personally know what tricks each one uses, I will tell you that the drum kits in each instance are sounding godlike before a mic ever gets placed.

    Count on it.
  3. MadMax

    MadMax Distinguished Member

    Mar 18, 2001
    Sunny & warm NC
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    Not to mention that said budgets get you into the better sounding rooms to boot.

  4. mud5150

    mud5150 Guest

    you like the drum tone on nothing is sound, snare sounds great, toms sound ok, i think kick sounds like crap. I know there are alot of guys that are in to that clicking kick sound but not me. I like a little resonance but i suppose its all a matter of what you like. Over all though I would say thats a great record to study overall as far as recording. vox and guitar are superb. Plus good music
  5. Andy Wallace triggers samples for the drums. I read this in an interview with him in (I think) Mix magazine. I don't know how much he mixes those in compared to the original drum sounds. This is one trick he uses, and as far as I know, he uses it a lot.
  6. alimoniack

    alimoniack Guest

    Sample wuss

    So much for the magic touch lol!
  7. remmurd

    remmurd Guest

    that is for sure. thanks for the input. If you know any interviews or articles with Andy or Lord Alge, please let me know!
  8. rudedogg

    rudedogg Guest

    i know that my friend worked on that album a bit, and i know his tricks. I can't speak from the mixing side, but from the engineering side, it has almost all to do with a great sounding studio, vintage API console, great mics and a great ear. I also know that my friend uses the vari-mu compressor on the drum bus quite often at the studios that switchfoot has recorded quite a bit at (big fish and signature sound in san diego) both of these studios have an amazing mic collection and great sounding rooms for drums.

    but i would have to agree with everyone else's guess that triggers are what actually gets the sound "there" in the final mix.

  9. remmurd

    remmurd Guest

    thats cool. I do know that they spent a lot of time tracking while on the road. a lot of work was done in dressing rooms, but the drums were tracked in the studio. just goes to show what can be accomplished with a good laptop, good pre's, and a couple of good mics. I have to agree, amazing blends and guitar sounds

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