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Metallica drum sound

Discussion in 'Drums' started by frosty55, Nov 16, 2008.

  1. frosty55

    frosty55 Active Member

    Oct 24, 2008
    How does one replicate the Metallica drum sound on "Enter Sandman"?
    Specifically the kick and snare, how can you use compression, gating, reverb and Eq to even come close to it?
    Thanks in advance.
  2. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Distinguished Member

    Mar 19, 2003
    Kirkland WA
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    Wouldn't use them as an example of recording excellence.

    They may in fact enter the hall of fame for the most overcompressed recordings in history.

  3. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Oct 26, 2007
    Cocoa, FL
    Drum replacement.
    What you hear in those recordings (along with the extreme brickwall limiting of the tracks) are (near as I can tell) composites of multiple sounds.
    The closest I've come to the kick sound was when I put a gated distortion and low freq tone together and mixed them into the original track.

    You'll notice that the sounds of the kick, snare, etc often sound pretty close to exactly the same over the course of a number of their albums (Justice, Black, Load, Reload)? It's pretty difficult to be that consistent, if you ask me.

    If I'm wrong, I'd love for someone to correct me.
  4. BrianaW

    BrianaW Active Member

    Jan 10, 2008
    New York
    I'd say hang up a wet blanket, hit it with a yard stick, and mic it with a D6. ;)

    Seriously though... a D6 pointed more toward the outer edge of a pinstripe, tuned so low that the wrinkles just barely disappear. Then mute it with a pillow. A rubber beater wouldn't hurt either. The slap is probably coming from the batter side, and the sub is probably coming from a very thick ebony resonant side. That's probably why there is no mid in his kick sound... 2 mics. Then compress/limit the crap out of it like they said.

    I've seen video of Lars in the studio and they had 3 mics on the snare. One on top, one on the bottom, and a SDC pointed at the shell. I know that for a fact. Just more ideas.

    As mentioned above, sound replacement is pretty much the standard for Heavy Metal these days so maybe you could even find a lone kick hit on one of the Metallica records and trigger that.
  5. Greener

    Greener Guest

    Speaking about MetallicA's sound.
    Has anyone listened closely to the snare in St. Anger?

    That thing is brutal, like it was hit with Thors hammer inside the worlds best sound chamber. The ringing around it is amazing.

    I saw Lars live once, he's a lot different live :p

    I also saw "A year and a half in the life of pt1" and watched as Lars cut drums... Then I watched as Bob Rock (throws up a little) would hack into the tape.
  6. Link555

    Link555 Distinguished Member

    Mar 31, 2007
    North Vancouver
    I read that they took down on the all the acoustic treatements and put plywood up on all the walls in the tracking room.

    I think they must of compressed (at least in parrallel) with a DBX 160, it has that sound to it.
  7. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    With that compressor, you could make a pizza box sound like a big fat kick drum.

    That probably what they did.

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