Drum Room

Discussion in 'Drums' started by TACAMO, Mar 24, 2010.

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  1. TACAMO

    TACAMO Guest

    Hey guys, Right now I'm trying to record drums, but I just cant get the sound I'm looking for. My kit is in a 10x11 room with heavy foam and blankets. The rest of my house is completely open. I was thinking of moving my drums to the living room. OK, so heres my question, does the room really have a big effect on a close miked drum kit? Should I move my kit to record?
     
  2. Yes, oh yes it does. You are probably sucking most of the high-end out of the small room you're recording in. Foam and blankets only absorbs high frequencies. On top of this, the small room will have a lot of low-end build up. This means, your drums will be boomy, muddy and missing a lot of high-end definition. (even if you close mic) Moving to a bigger room will help a lot. If you stay in the small room, you need a mix of bass traps and broadband absorption. (more bass trapping than anything most likely) -- I would choose the larger liver sounding room though.
     
  3. TACAMO

    TACAMO Guest

    All right thank you.
     
  4. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

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    Agreed. Room mics are fun too.
     
  5. +1 on room mics! (or mic as the case may be) - I picked up a tip from a buddy. Use a mono room mic then smash the hell out of it. It makes for a cool natural reverb and big full awesome drums.
     
  6. TACAMO

    TACAMO Guest

    Thanks For the tip, I will use a room mic.
     
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