First release with Claudia that was all my instrumentation! Took us a while to finally put together, but we made it 😀 “Alone” is a dramatic song with classical influences and modern production.
All set up again! Ready to track some cool grooves over here…
From what I have researched for dynamic mics, the Shure SM57 is the way to start for anything drums. Everyone recording from the bedroom studio to million dollar facilities have a number of these because of the “papery” familiar sound it gives on snares and guitar amplifier cabinets.
My first dynamic mic setup consisted of one 57 over the ride cymbal pointing at the snare plus a Beta 57 in the kick. Using just these two you can instantly hear the drum sound from all your favorite records. When it came up mic up my toms, I luckily found a KILLER deal on a pair of Sennheiser’s for the rack and floor. 421’s do NOT disappoint when it comes to toms, super full and punchy tones easily.
These Drum Cube’s are the first and last of the MXL mics I used while learning to record, so I’ll keep them forever! I use them for overheads but I typically tame their brightness a bit in the mix. They get a nice spread if you have the room to distance them out, my last rehearsal room had more space which allowed me to experiment a lot with these.
Since my drums are now in a smaller space, I’m considering replacing the Cubes with pencil condensers to focus on the cymbals only, and possibly swapping the Spark for a 47 clone on the outside kick.
Kick In – Shure Beta 52
Kick Out – Blue Spark
Snare Top/Bottom – Shure SM57 (2)
Rack and Floor Toms – Sennheiser MD-421II (2)
Overheads – MXL Drum Cube (2)
Mono Room (Not Shown) – AKG 414XLII
Here are some tunes I’ve had a hand in from arrangement, recording, mixing and/or mastering
The last band I mixed, The Ugly Stumps, have turned into Sea Minus Mountains! This round we tracked bass and drums at our local studio, then completed guitars, vocals and mixing here at my project space.
Great alt rock vibes here, I really enjoy their style! Slow Down is more Rock Ballad while Regardless is uptempo. Enjoy!
I had the pleasure of recording two acoustic songs (Good One’s, Nobody’s Favorite) for Claudia’s new EP Reflections! Please give a listen here
I’ve been wanting to get headphones near my drum set and in my vocal booth so I sought out the Mackie HM-4. This small piece of gear has been very helpful!
I have only two of four outputs in use at this time but will get another set near my keyboard/percussion, also I like having one spare output for anyone else that needs to listen in.
The sound is very transparent and has plenty of headroom. I wedged the unit between some window and door trim for now but would like to have it permanently mounted in the near future! Another band in my building uses the HM-4 and really like it as well! If you have a need for a simple headphone distribution amp, this is a good deal and performs great on a daily basis!
Again I thank my good friend Shawn for helping me out with some studio goodies 😀
Hear this and more at www.soundcloud.com/marcdevasconcelos