Recording Drums

Discussion in 'Drums' started by steven, Nov 12, 2008.

  1. steven

    steven Guest

    hello. im new at recording drumms and will be gettinga 7 piece CAD set soon. i was wondering on what volume an EQ should i set everything at. i would really appreciate it if i were giving explisite replys cause like i said. i'm new. i am running the mics through a EURO rack (Beringer) and i want to know the channel volume, and the master volume.

    my DAW is Nuendo (advancerd version of Cubase)

    thank you very much
  2. natural

    natural Active Member

    Jul 21, 2006
    Hello Steven and welcome.
    I'm going to suggest that you (or someone) move this to the Newbie Forum.
    Nothing against you personally, and I apologize in advance, but there's at least an 80% chance that this is going to get ugly pretty fast.
    Once the regulars here are unleashed there's no stopping them.
    "They mostly come out at night... mostly."
    My best advice is to hold on to something sturdy.
  3. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    Well, Steven, "new to recording drums"? That means, new to recording. And so you like the sound of those CAD microphones do you? Now while they may be perfectly fine, I don't know too many people that have to have those microphones to get their sound. In fact, if you're new to recording drums? I'd only use three or four microphones. You know, kick, snare, overheads. This isn't for PA purposes. This is for recording. You'll find a good chunk of your drum sound is from your overheads.

    Levels? Yes, turn it up until the meters move.

    Equalization? Yes, leave them alone. Good.

    Your questions aren't new to recording drums. Your questions are "I've never plugged a microphone in and I don't even know what those are? But I know you have to plug something like that in to make a recording. Will my mixes sounds like George Massenburg, Elliot Scheiner, Bruce Swedien and will they mail me my Grammy Award if I use those CAD microphones?" No. You'll have to pick it up. Oh, and you'll need a mixer to plug those into. But you could do some damage to the mixer trying to plug all of those Grammy statues into microphone inputs. So don't do that. That's not where you're supposed to put your Grammys. You're supposed to put them where the sun doesn't shine.

    Ms. Remy Ann David
  4. GeckoMusic

    GeckoMusic Guest

    There is so much to explain if you don't know how to set the gain.

    Do some web searches for "home recording" add words like FAQ, about, and how to.
  5. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    Blacksburg, VA
    I'm with Remy. To start: one mic on the kick, one mic on the snare, one mic a foot or more over the drummer's head. Expect to spend a month or more learning the basics of how to position the mics, set the gain for recording, and set the eq and compressor to the tracks after recording. Once you get a good sound from three mics, you can make it better by adding more mics. But you can't make a bad sound good by adding more mics. You will just add more bad.

    There are lots of specific suggestions if you do a search on the board, but if you want to spend a few buck here is a book that has specific suggestions for mixing drums and some tracks that you can try the suggestions out on. It may not be your style of music, but it is a reasonably priced practice tool for mixing.
  6. steven

    steven Guest

    thank you all for the support. im glad i have foun this site
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