Recording Drums? How many mics do you use?

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Artist Name:
Kenny Weydener
Date Posted:
May 2012
Rock and Pop
Equipment Used:

Apple 2010 iMac with Avid Mbox 2 mini interface running Pro Tools LE 8.1 with included plug-ins and Toontrack EZdrummer; Sennheiser HD 280 headphones and Event ALP5 powered nearfield monitors; Spector basses and Dean Markley strings.

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Production Notes & Credits:

"Fresh" is a rock instrumental track. Kenny one-man-banded the effort at his home studio. Mastering was done by Dean Stairs at Little Known Artists Studios in Newfoundland.

Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Rating: 3
Recording: Quite an interesting tune. Kenny is a bassist by trade, and an accomplished one at that. "Fresh" consists of several layers of multi-tracked bass guitars along with a drum performance that Kenny assembled from his EZdrummer software.

Alas, as with so many of the machine-based drum performances that we hear at Readers' Tapes, this one falls short of the mark when compared to the fine quality of the bass tracks. While Kenny has created a pretty, seamless and dynamic music bed using octaves, harmonics and well planned frequency arrangements via the multiple bass guitars -- amazing to listen to on its own -- the drums feel far less successful to our ears.

While we are certain that it was not from lack of trying, and wasn't a shortcoming of the excellent EZdrummer software that we've heard create some completely solid performances in recent submissions to this column, the drums feel like they were assembled by... well, the bass player. We found the snare to be dark and overcompressed, and the cymbals ineffective. The quick drum fill at approximately 1:32 was particularly awkward, as were the hollow, widely panned floor tom fills.

Suggestions: Now for the good news! "Fresh" is well on its way to being a solid, creative track. As Sly Stone once said, "All we need is a drummer..."! Our suggestion is that Kenny bring in a real breathing drummer, or use any of the myriad drummers for hire via the Internet to turn his exemplary bass work into a complete whole. With all that is good here, an accomplished player should have more than enough inspiration to deliver a killer performance, combining his/or her skill with Kenny's. It would be well worth the effort, in our opinion.

Suggestion: Almost there.

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