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Drums recording and mixing techniques

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    Mastering the Beat a comprehensive drum recording tutorial
    Mastering the Beat A comprehensive drum recording tutorial

    Shot at ARC Studios with Damo Webster playing the drums and 2 x Grammy winning Cameron Craig producing, this short video captures the spirit of the studio and the engineers expertise and helps explain why Matt Taylor won the British MPG's Rising Star award 2022.

    Drum Recording with Dave Pemberton
    Drum Recording with Dave Pemberton

    Dave Pemberton's Drum Recording session walkthrough - Dave shows how he recorded a classic Ludwig kit.

    Drum Recording with a USB Mic tracking drums
    Drum Recording with a USB Mic Tracking drums

    Can an affordable USB mic with multiple capsules give results good enough to make a record? Recording engineer and musician Russ Cottier tests a unit from SSL (better known for mixing consoles) out to find out how technology has advanced - Put on your headphones...

    Drum Recording with Dan Weller
    Drum Recording with Dan Weller

    Renowned in the metal scene with bands including SikTh, Enter Shikari and Young Guns, Dan gives us a behind the scenes look (and listen) at his drum recording setup with a tour around the kit to look at mic's and tuning etc on a session...

    How to Record & Mix Drums (30 minute special feature)
    How to Record & Mix Drums (30 minute special feature)

    Grammy winning engineer Mike Exeter shows his great sounding Drum Recording methods with top session drummer Karl Brazil.

    1 SM57 for Recording Drums a single SM57 can produce Great Sounding Drums
    1 SM57 for Recording Drums A single SM57 can produce Great Sounding Drums

    Top recording engineer Mike Thorne shows how to get a great drum sound in his recording studio with limited equipment - using just one microphone.

    Drum recording with two microphones comparing AKG 414 and Coles 4038
    Drum recording with two microphones Comparing AKG 414 and Coles 4038

    We are planning a full studio tour and video interview with Andy Bowes at Catalyst Studios in the next few months but for now, we hope you enjoy watching this short video that we recorded with Russell Cottier pre-COVID on comparing two pairs of mics...

    Drum recording ideas with Mike Exeter & Clint Murphy
    Drum recording ideas with Mike Exeter & Clint Murphy

    Recording drums is a bit of a hot topic, certainly here at RP it is and you can never get enough tips and ideas to get a better or more interesting sound so it's great to be able to bring this new feature shot in...

    Drum recording with Clint Murphy & Mike Exeter
    Drum recording with Clint Murphy & Mike Exeter

    Woodworm Studios was the venue for our recording masterclass focused on rock and metal production - this was our drum recording section which we have edited to hopefully not run too long and we think that these methods would be of great interest to anyone...

    Mark Rankin talks about recording drums
    Mark Rankin talks about recording drums

    Mark Rankin discusses his approach to recording drums. Nick Poortman visited Mark to meet up and chat about some of the unique working methods and approaches, this is a short snippet out of the longer video, click here to watch the full interview.

    Dan Logan talks about recording drums at Orchard Studios
    Dan Logan Talks about recording drums at Orchard Studios

    Russ Cottier met with Dan Logan at Orchard Studios and talked drums. Recording drums is one of those subjects where you just can't get enough information and opinions - we think, anyway.

    Andrew Scheps drum recording techniques
    Andrew Scheps Drum recording techniques

    Russell Cottier talks with recording engineer and mixing legend, Andrew Scheps.

    Clint Murphy kick drum sample technique
    Clint Murphy Kick drum sample technique

    Clint Murphy's unique series here on RecordProduction.com continues with Clint showing us his methods for kick drum replacement with samples and how to tune the kick to be sympathetic to the song.

    Parallel compression for drums with Clint Murphy
    Parallel compression for drums with Clint Murphy

    Continuing our exclusive series with top mix engineer Clint Murphy, this video takes a look at how to create parallel drum compression to get a much more expolsive sound in the mix.

    The Floor Mic Technique with Andrew Lowe demonstrated at Wolverhampton University
    The Floor Mic Technique with Andrew Lowe Demonstrated at Wolverhampton University

    Andrew Lowe decided to experiment with the Floor Mic technique for recording drums championed here on RP by Clint Murphy ( click here to watch that video ) but thwarted by not having a lovely wooden studio floor he decided to experiment.

    Clint Murphy demonstrates his floor mic technique
    Clint Murphy Demonstrates his floor mic technique

    Continuing our in depth studio production series with recording engineer Clint Murphy we look at Clint's Floor Mic technique. The video is only a few minutes long and shows the placement that Clint uses, the compression settings and most importantly, how it actually sounds.