Should you use drum samples? | FAQ Friday

Should you use drum samples? | FAQ Friday

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I get asked about this topic quite frequently- Drum Samples. Should you use them or should you record everything live? Can you get a good kick sound without using samples?

As you know, I have a small drum room, I use a limited amount of mics, and use a 12 channel Cadac console. I use one kick mic and I don’t cut a hole in my kick drum. I mic the sound of the outside head. That gives me a lot of the “umph!” - I like that, I like the air of it.

There’s a top and bottom snare mic, there’s one hi-hat mic which is actually an SM7, a pair of overheads, typically 1 mono room mic, 1 floor tom and 1 rack.

When I say a “room mic” it’s just a vocal mic and it’s about 4ft from the drum kit- so it’s not really a room mic. There’s no way to capture the ambiance of the room (there is none!), it’s a very very small room.

My room is absolutely perfect for when I’m doing big fat dry drum sounds. But if I want to go ultra aggressive, like I did with Ace Frehley when he did that cover of “Fire and Water” - The drums are massive on that! I was asked specifically by Greg Collins what studio we went to record those big drums and I sent him a photo of a ’64 Ludwig sitting in a small bedroom sized live room.

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