Best recording studio for drums

best recording studio for drums

Best recording studio for drums.  Being a drummer myself and owning my own recording studio, I have spent thousands of hours recording drum tracks.

I have tried all types of different set ups and microphones.  Different ways to set up the room acoustics.

After years of recording, I settled on the set up in the picture above.

Those are my favorite drums.  Pearl Session Customs.  13 inch Joey Jordenson snare.  Zyldjian cymbals.

I use Audix microphones.  Audix 600 bass mics on the bass drums and the two floor toms.  These mics only pick up low frequency, so there is no bleed over from the other drums or cymbals.  Standard audix drum mics on the toms.

The two overhead mics are phantom powered audix mics.  They are configured to only pick up high frequency.  Perfect cymbal clarity.  The overhead cross set up is important also.  The one above the hi hat is actually picking up the other side ride and crash cymbals.  The mic above the ride is picking up the hi hat and the other side crash.

To decrease the chord mess, I have a snake mounted to the wall behind the drums.  All the mics plug in there, then the snake runs to the control room.

Drums require 8 microphones and 8 different channels at the mixer.

I use a Mackie 1640 mixer firewired to an apple desktop computer.  I use Logic Pro X software.

The room is completly covered with acoustic foam.  The first time you enter the studio, you will notice the room is dead.  No echo at all.  The reason, I want nothing in the mics but the sound of each instrument.  Effects like reverb and delay can be added after the input recording if finished.

The room set up is also perfect for a full band to set up quickly.  All instruments plug in to the snake on the back wall.

The bass cabinet uses a low frequency mic like the bass drums and toms.

I use SM57 and SM58 for guitars.

As for vocals, every singer has their preference, but I use a Blue mic for isolated vocals.

That is why I think I have the best recording studio for drums.  I have the templates set up in logic pro, so I can open the program, hit record, walk out to my drums and record perfect drum tracks.

best recording studio for drums