Master Class 2–(PRO TOOLS DRUM RECORDING WORKSHOP)

Pro Tools Drum Recording Workshop

RECORDING ANALOG SOUNDING DRUMS IN A DIGITAL WORLD

DAY 1 9am-12pm

Drum sounds

  • What affects the sound of a drum?
  • Types of wood
  • Shell Sizes
  • Hoop sizes
  • Depth
  • Head type
  • Lugs
  • Choose an ideal room for drums
  • Placement in the room
  • Leakage vs Ambience
  • Technique for finding the correct place to place drums:
  • Tune the drum set
  • Tuning check list
  • Snare
  • Kick
  • Toms

 

DAY 1 12pm-4pm

Working With Drum Sounds (Mic techniques)

Deciding on microphones for the job

  • Listen to the guitar and rate it’s sound aggression factor
  • Listen to the mic and rate it’s sound aggression factor
  • Microphone designs
  • Dynamic mics:
  • Ribbon mics:
  • Condenser mics
  • Overheads
  • Microphone placement techniques
  • Stereo miking techniques
  • Spaced or (a/b)
  • X/y
  • M/S
  • Blumlein
  • M/s pro tools / mixer trick:
  • Orchestral decca tree
  • Single distant miking techniques
  • Close miking
  • Distant miking
  • Accent miking
  • Ambient miking
  • Reamping the drums for ambient effect
  • Suggested models for drum applications

 

DAY 2 9am-12pm

Testing the mic techniques to match the project

  • Testing stereo miking techniques
  • Spaced or (a/b)
  • X/y
  • M/S
  • Blumlein
  • M/s pro tools / mixer trick:
  • Orchestral decca tree
  • Single distant miking techniques
  • Close miking
  • Distant miking
  • Accent miking
  • Ambient miking
  • Reamping drums for effect

 

DAY 2 1pm-4pm

 

Getting Analog Drum Behavior Out of Digital Equipment(Part 1)

  • Analog vs digital placement approach
  • The mechanical side of the Analog Tape Recorder and the recording chain
  • Pro tools recording of the kick drum
  • Choose an ideal room for the drums
  • Choose drum placement in the room
  • Tune the drum set
  • How to listen to the resonance of the snare and toms
  • Listen to the front and back of the drum set
  • Listen to the overheads from above
  • Where to place the room mics
  • Mic the overheads
  • Decide on microphones for the job
  • Mic the kick drum
  • Mic the hi hat
  • Mic the snare

 

DAY 3 9am-12pm

Getting Analog Drum Behavior Out of Digital Equipment(Part 2)

  • Mic the rack toms
  • Mic the floor tom
  • Set up room mics
  • Create tracks
  • Create click track
  • Setting the click track for feel
  • Making the click track audible for the drummer
  • Pro Tools Monitor modes
  • Establish tempo or tempo map
  • Drive tempo from an audio loop
  • Establish meter or meter change
  • Set input levels on the meters
  • Set up auxs for headphones

DAY 3 1pm-4pm

Drum Recording Activities

  • Single mic technique
  • Stereo mic technique
  • Three point system
  • Four point system
  • Individual miking
  • Individual miking with digital recording in mind

Processing drums while recording

  • LA-2A Compression
  • 1176 Limiting
  • FatSo Compression on Snare and Toms
  • Fairchild 670 Compression on overheads
  • Expansion
  • Gating

Sample Creation

  • Using quick punch and track punch for drums
  • Clip Grouping for looping
  • Using Pre Roll and Post Roll settings for drums
  • Loop Record and Multiple Playlist Settings for comp tracks and emotional decisions later
  • Setting quick punch and track punch crossfade preferences
  • Working in Dynamic Transport Mode

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