Having learnt your trade after hiring out a number of local recording studios, you’re now equipped with the knowledge and ‘know how’ to set up your own studio environment. It may sound like a difficult thing to do, but if you are hell bent on creating your own drum sounds,setting up your own drums recording studio is easier than you might at first think. Here’s one way of doing it, and some more helpful tips and hints that should help if you already have half an idea.
1) You’ll need a computer and the right kind of software
One safe bet is an iMac – reliable, trusted, decent for music mixing. Logic Pro 9 would also be a really wise idea, and it’s relatively easy to use once you get the hang of it, which is always nice.
2) Get hold of the right audio interface/microphones
Interface is something which all drummers argue about, but one thing’s for sure, no matter what your recording studios budget is, you should be able to find something that’s a good compromise between quality and cost. Focusrite do some great work, and their Octopre interface is a wise choice. Why, you ask? Well, because it has that all-important ADAT input which you should consider essential.
In terms of mics, here’s a tip which should really help you get some sounds down: it’s not all about price here! In fact, a lot of more seasoned drummers still record with a series of cheaper mics that record almost as good and sensitively as the more expensive kinds.
3) Mixing is critical to your drumming success!
Of all the elements you really need to worry about, this is most certainly one of them. There’s loads of information out there about this, so be sure to do your research and make that money count. Further techniques on how to record drums can be found here: www.platinumloops.com/how_to_record_drums.shtml
Need some help with sound and music mixing? Then definitely consider sample replacement technology – or, if not, then mixing which doubles up the snare/kick and adds sampling. There are a few programs out there which can easily help you with this – one is Aptrigga and the other is Drumagog. Both reliable, and both great for anyone starting out, or even more experienced drummers.