Tracking Drums #3
Tracking Drums #3
Bass drum – resonant & beater side, attack & sustain, mic preferences, phase, signal ducking
Snare – top & bottom side, condenser vs. dynamic mics, separation, positioning, expansion
Toms – perspective, mic pairs, level blending, summing, polarity, mic preferences
Overheads & Stereo Room – cymbal capture, high end detail, peak limiting, Blumlein
Ambient Pair – distance, bandwidth, elevation, Haas effect, boundary principle, delay
Internal phase relationships, absolute & microphone polarity, amplifier stages
Signal flow to console & tape, VU & peak metering, processing, calibration, recording
Compressor circuitry, parameters, preferred settings, limiting, dual mono vs. stereo
Room ambience, studio design, reflections, acoustic treatment, symmetry, material
Demonstration of simplified recording setup using only three microphones
Diagrams of ambient mic positioning with regards to boundary principle & Haas effect
Join us at Studios La Fabrique for a comprehensive tutorial on drum recording techniques! Hosted by the legendary rock engineer Steve Albini, this video series dives into great detail on tracking a drum kit in fully analog fashion with a Neve 88R console and Studer A800 MKIII tape machine. Albini takes you through his microphone preferences and positioning for bass drum, snare, toms, overheads, stereo drum kit, and room ambience. He gives concise reasoning for the types of microphone used and their placement, while suggesting suitable alternatives. Furthermore, he reveals his clever processing techniques to reduce bleed, enhance natural reverb, control dynamics, optimise phase relationships, and more. He demonstrates the use of his techniques by recording a live drummer, and draws diagrams on a white board to clearly impart his extensive knowledge!
Steve Albini is a well-known engineer, mixer, and studio owner who lives and works at his Electric Audio studio in Chicago, Illinois He is also the guitarist and main singer of the grunge band Shellac.