Warren’s Custom Drum Samples:

Download the original drum samples I’ve used on many of my productions and mixes including Aerosmith, The Fray and many others.

I hope they help you to get fat and slamming drum sounds!

Drum Mic Placement

In this video, I show you how I mic the drum kit at my studio, Spitfire. It is a relatively small room similar to what you might find at many home studio setups. I use these miking techniques to get a nice tight drum sound in my room and then I add samples to get a huge drum sound if needed.

You can get great drum sounds at your home studio setup too!

Piano Miking Techniques

Piano is an extremely complex instrument and often can be one of the hardest things to record properly. In this video, I show some of my favorite ways to mic both a grand and upright piano. I use a variety of different microphones and positions.

You can download the audio files below to compare the different mics!

40 thoughts on “Control Room (Free Recording & Mixing Bundle)

  1. Fabio Minuzzi says:

    Hey Warren nice set of samples here. At first look the gun shoots seams weird to me … but …what is this for amazing trick to power the snare drum up! My god this is such a crazy idea to do that. Who came up with this trick? Was it you.
    Thanks so much for this. Not only the sample library which is fantastic, but also for you hard work to create this academy to help people like me. You and your whole academy is an awesome place in the internet. Thanks Warren

  2. Mixolydian says:

    Just joined the site having watched many of Warren’s videos on YouTube. A newbie building my home studio. This is absolutely marvellous. Thank you!

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Thanks @disqus_Lv5MwKu9dn:disqus! By the way, great name! Best scale ever!! Thanks for being a part of the PLAP Community! Happy New Year!!

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Thank you @felixsmittick:disqus! This community exists because you are here supporting and learning! Thanks very much! Happy New Year!!

  3. Winter says:

    Warren, thanks for your generosity. I’m having a ball mixing the sessions you shared (3 out of 9 in 3 days). An inspiring way to start the new year.

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Thank you ever so much @disqus_Mva48Th1N4:disqus! I am extremely glad to be able to help! I hope you’re having a marvellous new year!

  4. Emilio Descalzo says:

    Hey, Warren! I have finally joined after watching your streamings on facebook. Thank you for all the time and dedication you put into doing all the videos you share! The drum mic placement one is specially usefull for me. I’ve a question. What about that mic beside the rack tom? I suppose that is only for your voice, but in other videos some people put an omni to get more room. What do you think about it? Once again, thank you so much!

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Wow! Thanks ever so much @emiliodescalzo:disqus! I am extremely glad to be able to help! I do like Omni mics for room tone, each room presents great places to mic! If it has a great stereo image then of course you can use a stereo spaced pair or a stereo mic!

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Hi @disqus_kIHFyQOi8O:disqus!! Yes you can! Please just mention the Artist and Produce Like A Pro!

  5. Jose Vargas says:

    Hi Warren! I’m new on your site and haven’t get the chance to see all of these great material you have. I’m just a techy guy with basic music knowledge so I had to get into mixing for my personal ideas and I am now starting a rock band project and got a small audio interface for a home studio. However I am a very very freshman person in mixing. I barely know how to record and add some small effects but have not get that much knowledge in EQ, Compression and mixing all together. What would you recommend for me to start my journey on mixing? I really want to get some tracks with decent quality.

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Hi @vargasjj:disqus please download all of my tracks you can, watch the tutorials and feel free to ask questions below and post in the forum! Each month we do a new song and everyone loves to help each other! It’s an amazing community! Welcome! Great having you in here!

  6. Marc says:

    Hi Warren,
    Thanks for sharing and that we may use it on the portfolio. It is a great help that I can use good recorded multi tracks. So that I can keep learning mixing. There is not always the possibility to record bands and the recorded tracks are not alway of good quality. But therefore you even posted a video with recording tips. So your tips will be used even in Belgium. Thanks again, keep teaching and share your experience. Kind Regards Marc

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Hi @disqus_osbi3JKRMD:disqus! Yes you can! Please use the songs in your portfolio, please just name cheack the band and Produce Like A Pro! Belgium is a beautiful country! So glad we have you out there making music!!

  7. Vibi Varkey says:

    Thank you dear Warren Huart for your valuable time and professional level classes. Myself I am Vibi Varkey. Basically from India and now working at Saudi Arabia. The videos you are uploading helps me a lot. Once again thank you dear…

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Thanks @vibivarkey:disqus for your very kind words! I am very happy to hear the videos are very helpful! Also congratulations on India having the best Cricket Team in the World! I am glued to the T20!

  8. Vibi Varkey says:

    Dear Sir,

    I have two queries. If time permits, could you please advise

    1. I am using RME babyface at present and I am satisfied with the quality. Kindly advise, whether i need to upgrade to FF802 or UFX+ for more quality output. I don`t want more number of inputs. Fore me two mic pres and 1 pair of keyboard input are enough for me. My fear is for mixing output. Some of my friends is saying that FF802 is giving more quality output than babyface. However I saw lot of posts that babyface and FF802 sounds same. Only 802 will be more outputs, inputs, Adat, and more more options. Please advise sir.

    2. I am using JBL LSR308 for mixing and i would like to upgrade my monitors. I am interested in Genelec 8030 monitors. Please note i am not a professional, but sound engg is my passion. Did i need 5 or 8 inch. My room is not treated. My budget is max USD 1500 for pair. Could you please suggest a good monitor sir.

    Once again thank you and awaiting for your advise.

    God bless you and your family for your support and valuable time.

    Kind Regards,

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Wonderful questions @vibivarkey:disqus! However I have not used the RME interfaces, my gut is that they will all sound great and if you’re bouncing internally there will be no sonic issues whatsoever! As for the JBL’s, many people I know love them, for me they don’t work, the Genelec’s do. However please remember it is about you, not me! If you get amazing results on them then there is no reason to change, only change if you feel you want to improve how your hear things, not just because someone told you to! I hope that helps?

      1. Vibi Varkey says:

        Thanks a lot for your reply and advise. Always yous videos will help me. Thank you once again..Thank you dear Sir….

    2. William 1 Million says:

      Vibi Varkey – I’m not Warren – but I would say that unless you treat your room it is all a bit pointless. You might find the Babyface with a Behringer or V. low cost 8-in and ADT out (into the BBface) is quite good enough sounding once you treat you room. The Babyface is an excellent unit. but no room treatment – and you wont notice it. At the least make some corner Bass Traps – or put off the money from the Genelecs into treating your room properly. a non treated rom could make you Genelecs sound really awful. Truly. I owned a BabyFace and It blew away the competition. I am not sure how much difference you would hear on the FF802. The only reason I don;t use it now is that I have a UAD Apollo. But sonically the RME BBF= tighter and better. IMO. So treat the room, THEN make your decisions. If you can. At least that is what I SHOULD HAVE DONE!!!!

  9. RF STUDIO says:

    Thank so much @plap-disqus-d3d9446802a44259755d38e6d163e820:disqus for the Sessions. I come from to Brazil.

  10. Anita says:

    HI Warren. These will come in handy since I only have one mic for my drums and no matter where I put the mic the drums sounded super thin and I need to boost them up a bit. I used a drum sample I built in a program called LMMS but seeing as I placed it all on one track (I used a drum bank in a synth VST) so next time I need to do that I’ll place them on separate tracks cause listening to it my hi hat is too loud :p

    I’ve got an opinion question for you. Does it feel like you’re cheating when you have to use drum samples instead of a live drum recording? I ask because in my own journey to creating music I’ve spent over 4 years gathering instruments and finally an 8 track recorder to record my live instruments (spent most of that time building digital demos in LMMS before I got the recorder) and it kind of frustrates me I can’t get the sound I want out of recording my drums. I fight with myself on that a lot and I know I should get over it and make due with what I can do but it’s a little frustrating if you know what I mean.

    Thanks 🙂

    1. Warren Huart says:

      Hi @disqus_3s8v44XY7m:disqus that’s a marvellous question! Honestly, ALL that matters is how it sounds! I often think of what Jack Douglas, Shelly Yakus and many others have told me about making records in the late 60’s through the early 80’s. So many of those amazing albums we grew up listening to used all kids of tricks to get a great sound! Obviously get the best tones you can and if you have to add things to get it to sound the way you or the artist wants it to be then so be it!

      1. Anita says:

        Thanks Warren. I will try recording them again when I can get a better microphone because the one I have is really terrible and made the drums sound like I was hitting a tin can.

  11. Dominic Lee says:

    Thanks Warren! It helps a lot especially i dont hav lots of good recording source to practice mixing, much appreciate
    p.s. i realize u like using time adjuster to….sync them in phase? is that right? becoz ive never used it b4
    anyway, thanks a lot warren, huge help, much thanks, huge fans, hhahaha

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