Joe Albano serves up a doubleheader this issue, completing last month’s miking primer with a long look at drum kit miking, and then walking you through an informative step-by-step case study on drum replacement. Michael Nickolas completes the trifecta with a look at why some recording musicians can’t get drum loops to sound good in their songs... and how you can avoid the simple mistakes that lead to blah rhythm tracks.
We have a lovely slate of drum-centric reviews on tap, with drum-heavy reviews of mics from Earthworks, Mojave Audio, MXL, and Granelli Audio Labs, plus a look at drum-track creation software both well-established (Toontrack DFH Superior) and brand-new (FXpansion BFD eco). We round out our rhythm coverage with a quick listen to percussion libraries from Sony Creative Software and Big Fish Audio.
Also in this issue: another look at the legalities of keeping your music yours, reviews of the newest mic preamp from Grace Design, a road-ready audio interface from PreSonus, and more! If you’re into the beat, you won’t want to miss the July RECORDING!
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An intriguing take on drum miking, with a mic whose frequency response is stellar.
The folks at Earthworks continue to explore the possibilities inherent in their original QTC1 design (reviewed October 1998), finding new app......Expand
This small-diaphragm condenser mic is versatile on drums and more.
Mojave Audio’s newest offering is the MA-101fet, a small-diaphragm, solid-state condenser microphone with interchangeable cardioid and omnidirectional capsul......Expand
The Big Friendly Drum instrument now comes in a cute but mighty entry-level version.
FXpansion has made a lot of friends with its BFD drum instrument. This program, which runs in standalone mode or works as a plug-in within ......Expand
The legendary Grace clarity, now available in a 500 Series module format.
Grace Design is well known in the audio industry for high-quality, boutique-level microphone preamps and monitoring solutions. For over a decade, the ......Expand
Affordable additions to the drum mic closet, each with its own interesting character.
Ten years ago, if you could not afford a large-diaphragm condenser microphone, MXL got you in the game and got you tracking.
Big Fish Audio Cinematic Percussion, Elemental Studio Percussion, and Epic Drums; Sony Continental Drift and Continental Drift: Aftershocks.
The newest libraries in the Sony Sound Series: Loops & Samples catalog, Continental......Expand
Watch us build a drum track with this powerful drum-sample instrument, and hear the results online!
Toontrack Superior Drummer 2.0 has become my main go-to drum instrument for producing high-quality drum tracks here in my pr......Expand
This FireWire interface is compact, rugged, clean, and comes with a wealth of cool extras.
Like its predecessor the Firebox (reviewed December 2006), the PreSonus FireStudio Mobile is a 1/3-rackspace box in the “Max Rack” fo......Expand
We follow up on last month’s mic locker article and lead into this month’s issue on drums and percussion with a basic look at drum mic setups.
Ah, the drums—probably the single most complex acoustic instrument most project s......Expand
When your drums sound weak, you can replace them with better ones... but the process requires skill and patience. Read and learn!
The virtual recording studio has acclimated even the most fervent traditionalists among us to ......Expand
Tips and tricks for working with clicks.
A click is just a tool, and those who say it causes the music to become “soulless” and “robotic”, imposing an artificial constraint on their music, need to realize that it’s not the t......Expand
Basic arranging techniques can keep your loop-based compositions musical rather than mechanical.
Think of “loops” and the concept of repeating the same thing over and over comes to mind... which is why some music creators st......Expand
Turning your music work into a viable business that’s well-established against legal attack is more complex than you may realize, but it’s not impossible, and yields real benefits.
There has never been a better time for us i......Expand