Engineer Mike Thorne setting up the drums
Recording a band live in the studio can be great fun, it can increase the tension but also musicians can produce a performance that can be hard to beat - assuming the musicians are good and that they play well together.. In this special feature, shot at Rimshot Studios, engineers Mike Thorne and Russ Cottier show some standard, creative and unusual drum mic setup's plus guitar and bass with audio samples to listen to. The mic techniques may need to change when capturing a band live, one of the things to think about is the spill - will that be a problem?
With such a nice range of microphones to choose from it's a good contrast with some of our 'one mic' techniques but this is filmed in the same studio as a few of those on our channel so you can compare :-)
Russ Cottier at the SSL with classic Decca desk to his left
Rather than just show a drum recording setup or a guitar feature we decided to get three musicians together to record some of Russ Cottier's music to experiment with and to demonstrate Mike and Russ' recording techniques with a whole band.
Currently our website hasn't got space to hold the multitracks/stems for you to download for you to play with but hopefully you'll appreciate the embedded mix from the desk.
Special thanks to the musicians who gave their time to record this:
Sam Woods - guitar - https://www.samwoodsmusic.net/
Will Freed - drums - https://instagram.com/willpfreed?
Jamie Lawrence - bass - https://instagram.com/jamielawrenceart?
A big super thank you to Mike Thorne, engineer and owner of Rimshot Studios. This studio is fantastic, has a range of great mics and some very cool gear - and tape machines!! Another super big thanks to Josh Holland for his ace camera work and to Russ Cottier for being the 'front man' and producer and also the composer of the tune!!! If you've read this far, you might be interested to know that coming soon is the same multitrack directed and re-mixed but top mix engineer Al Groves on his SSL Duality console - stay tuned...