Tracking drums #2
Tracking drums #2
Room size, listener perspective, drum dimensions, heads, cymbals, preparation
Mic choice & placement, alternate options, modifications, “bone” mic processing
Console setup, Pro Tools levels, signal flow, outboard gear, mic preamps, gain structure
Drum sound, EQ, phase, mic bleed, adjustments, parallel compression, distortion, effects
Signal treatment & blending, alternate compression & saturation tools, recording ambience
Mechanical filters, experimentation, EQ, positioning, panning, dry vs. processed kit
Binaural street recording, triggering with gates, parameter tweaking, soundscapes
Welcome to Studios La Fabrique for a comprehensive series on unorthodox drum recording with Tchad Blake! This two-hour workshop involves the boldly creative engineer sharing his approach to efficient tracking and daring signal treatment. Blake demonstrates the sonic versatility of his simple setup, then embarks on a journey of mechanical filtering, unconventional processing, and adding gated soundscapes. Tchad explains his workflow, suggests alternative microphones and gear, and imparts his extensive knowledge garnered over an illustrious career. He covers a variety of topics that comprises drum kit and room preferences, microphone selection, preamps, parallel processing, and a lot more!
Tchad Blake has an impressive discography, having worked with numerous artists and musicians, including Arctic Monkeys, State Radio, Apartment 26, Elvis Costello, Peter Gabriel, Pearl Jam, Tom Waits, Sheryl Crow, Crowded House, Tracy Chapman, The Dandy Warhols, The Black Keys, U2, and The Pretenders, amongst many others Blake to date has won five Grammy Awards, including Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical and Best Rock Album for Sheryl Crow's The Globe Sessions (1998), Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for his work on Suzanne Vega's Beauty & Crime (2007), and two Grammys for his work with The Black Keys on 2010's Brothers.