Is there a size limit for a drum room?

Discussion in 'Drums' started by Chappy, Mar 17, 2005.

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  1. Chappy

    Chappy Guest

    My studio is located in a large production house. I have one iso room that's fairly small (11' x 11') with an 8' height. I've always recording drums in there with pretty decent results (or at least to my young ears.) right outside my studio is an enormous warehouse. I've always heard that you should always use the highest ceiling possible for recording drums, but is this overkill? What would be some advantages and disadvantages to doing this?

    My considerations for micing is just a ORTF pair of SP C-4's three feet over the snare, a coulple room mics (spaced LD pair) a couple of feet off the ground, and a couple of kick mics.
  2. djrr3k

    djrr3k Guest

    put the drums in the big room. you can also use the room sound instead of a simulated reverb. With spectacular results too.
  3. jdsdj98

    jdsdj98 Active Member

    Jun 8, 2002
    Denver, CO
    Just try it. I'd be willing to bet you'll learn something in the process, regardless of what you think of the results. Your ears will tell you if this is overkill for you, or if it is advantageous or not. It doesn't matter what anyone here thinks.
  4. LittleDogAudio

    LittleDogAudio Active Member

    Sep 24, 2004
    No minimum size just maximum effect.

    I have 2 small-ish booths and a fairly large tracking room at my studio. http:// and I choose which of the rooms will be the most effective for the given song.

    I will quite often record the drums in the big room and if I get the feeling that it's too big, I strike the drums and move them into a booth. It's a bit of a hassle, but in the end you should use every room that you can run mic lines to, including the bathroom for sure.

    My .02

  5. Chappy

    Chappy Guest

    so you guys don't think that my 8' ceiling is going to kill me? That's most of the reason that I've been thinking about tracking in the big room. That and the fact that I've never been able to get interesting room sounds.

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