How to get Metal drum mix

Discussion in 'Drums' started by metalboy, Nov 17, 2009.

  1. metalboy

    metalboy Guest

    Hello there!

    Anyone can share on how to get that punching in your face drum mix for metal?

    Im recording on a Pearl Masters with 57s and Akg d112 for kick and Rode NT-5 pair on overheads...

    but just couldnt mix like Trivium or other metal bands etc...

    Can anyone help please??
  2. ouzo77

    ouzo77 Active Member

    Jan 16, 2006
    Nuremberg, Germany
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    in metal you usually close-mic every drum.
    i understand that you use 2 mics for the kick but none for the snare.
    use the d112 for the kick, inside the drum close to the head, and the sm57 for the snare. plus the overheads it should get you you a decent sound, when the mics are placed correctly.
    if you can get some more mics you should consider close-micing the toms too.

    try to get the mic placement right, so you get the best sound possible on your harddrive.

    while mixing you should make careful use of compressors and eqs. parallel compression is great too for a big punchy sound.

    don't add too long reverb tails to your drums. it's better to use a room reverb rather than halls.

    adding samples (usually kick and snare) is also very common in metal music. it always depends on the sound you're after.

    that's just some tips to point you in the right direction, but you'll find plenty of information on that subject in this forum.

    good luck
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  3. metalboy

    metalboy Guest

    Parallel compression?

    wow which means i need more tracks for mixing stage??

    Coz im miking 2 57s top and bottom snare.. two mics for each tom.. and only d11 for kick.. is Room mic a must??

    ok ive not tried parallel mixing before.. ok lets see!
  4. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    Mar 31, 2007
    North Vancouver

  5. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    Oct 16, 2008
    Frozen Tundra of CT
    Hey some great ideas and stuff, but after reading this and Slipperman's Distorted Guitars and briefly some of the Mixerman diaries I think I have taken this key idea. Treat the talent in the most condescending, egomaniacal, loathing way and you'll get better tracks, sheesh, no respect whatsoever.
  6. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    Mar 31, 2007
    North Vancouver
    lol- true!
  7. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    You can replace all the drums with a program for that 'really tight metal' sound. Drum-a-gog is one that is used in most big studios.

    I cant remember the last time I heard a prog-metal or speed-metal recording with anything resembling real drums.

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