Probably the single most troublesome instrument to record may be the drum kit. Engineers obsess over the drum sound – and well they should, since the drums are the heartbeat of virtually all modern music. It’s a fact that drums that sound small in the track will make the rest of the track sound small as well, regardless of how well everything else is recorded.
Unfortunately, most inexperienced engineers attribute their drum sound to their recording gear when in reality that’s not the case at all. When it comes right down to it, the main reason for great drum sound comes from the talent of the drummer and the drum kit itself. Get a great-sounding kit and a killer drummer and it’s difficult to make a bad-sounding drum recording.
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