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Recording drums in my home studio - journal thread

It's my first post on the forum so - Hello!

I'm starting this thread to show my journey with learning how to record and mix drums in my home studio (and some bit of music productions too), so any advice and tips are more than welcome!

Here is my latest recording:
Some grooves inspired by my almost half-year stay in Central African Republic.

Cheers!

How To Make Midi Drums Sound Real

I've been challenged in the last 19 months to create music VERY fast for video projects.  I created a video showing the process I've been using to get better drums sounds using stock logic drum tones.  I prefer recording drums with a real drummer however this has been a fantastic challenge in its own right. 

P.S.  If it is annoying for me to post videos in the forum I have no problem removing them:)  These are the things in music that are exciting for me so I thought I would share it. 

Recording drums to sound big in a small room for hard rock/metal projects

I would like some feedback. I just finished an iso room in my studio to track in. I’m a drummer and I will never have the square foot or height to track ambient drums. I’m ok with that and I’m fine with adding room post tracking. I guess the biggest challenge I face is getting the drums sound big enough for hard rock/metal projects. Here’s a sample of arecent drum sample I tracked in the new room. I added the room sI'm post tracking.

Lonely Road: featuring real drums (1st for me)

Here's an early mix of a new song. (I was going to be re-cutting vocals today but woke up stuffy nosed). This song features real drums in the mix tracked Glyn Johns style. After I recorded my scratch tracks I sent them out to a drummer to lay down the drum parts, then on their return I re-tracked the song locking into his drums.

Mix-wise, what I imagined as I created this was the kind of mix you'd hear if a band had setup in a studio for a life performance. That's what was in my head as I mixed this - a very visual mix.
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