I chose that e902 over all those well known kick mics, no regrets. There's always LDC's for mellow kick sound, or even a SM 57. Drums were older Yamaha stage custom, with that not so good snare, still made it sound ok. New stage custom snares are way better with 8 lugs.. (not my drums)
I started with basically none treatment. I don't think that room ever sounded really bad, cause there were some acoustic tiles on ceiling, killed floor to ceiling flutter. Also lots of shelves with some shitty garage stuff on them, so no flutter echo between side walls either, actually i made OK drum recording at that phase there. Horrible for monitoring and listening tho. It started to sound somewhat a studio, after i took away all the garage stuff, took down all the shelves, made bass traps and symmetry on L/R walls.
Post by Michael Lawrence on Dec 5, 2018 13:32:28 GMT
Okay so it's basically real drums in a fake room. According to my buddy who mixed them:
"I’ll start off by saying this drum sound is about 60% live and 40% samples. I use the samples because in order to get this polished super clear drum sound needed for this tune, samples are the easiest way to do it. There are samples on the kick, snare, and toms. I even used a ride bell sample. (Looking back, I would have liked to have a microphone on just the ride cymbal for this, but hey whatever.)
In Logic, all I do is go to the drum replacement feature in the Track menu. It reads the transients and places a midi note in each one. It isn’t ever perfect, so after I choose the sample I prefer, I go through closely and make sure velocities match the live track and blend the samples.
We don’t have a great drum room, so the samples are used mostly to fake a good room sound. The room samples are blended into our U87 room mic channel with the live kit and it really adds a ton when mixed into the individual mic channels.
As far as mixing, I haven’t done a ton. On the live tracks I just did some standard gate and EQ. That’s about it. Haven’t compressed much, if any.
It’s a tedious process, but I get the best results this way."