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Recording e-drums through preamps - any difference?

Discussion in 'Preamps & Processing' started by mdb, Feb 18, 2011.

  1. mdb

    mdb Active Member

    Dec 23, 2009
    Okanagan, Canada
    Does it matter what kind of preamp a person records e-drums through? The sounds in the drum kit module are pro-quality already, but I imagine that what they go through before they hit the DAW can make a huge difference in their recorded quality. Am I correct in my assumption? If I send the TD-9 sounds through a Neve it should sound better than sending it through an ART or FMR RNP?

    Thanks for any advise.
  2. Big K

    Big K Well-Known Member

    Jan 16, 2002
    Munich / Germany
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    This is more about flavour. But, of course, you obtain a different, probably slightly better sound using Neve pre-amps or using any other great pre.
    But I doubt that it makes such a huge difference. All ( most) great pre-amps are build to keep colouring to a minimum and if the small changes they produce to the drum sound
    are clearly audibly in a full mix is questionable. Always compared to the direct input into the A/D or digital-in of your DAW.
    The greater influence would be using the EQs of the Neve ( or those in your DAW ). Anyhow, if you can, use them... Why not?

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