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any drum gets hit you can still hear a bit of that drum in the overheads, but a bit later than you hear it in the mic placed close on that drum. The combination of the direct and time delayed sound muddies up your mix, so we delay the mics on the drums, ride, and hi-hat to match the time arrival in the overheads. What you do is have the drummer hit each drum and cymbal once, loudly. Start with the kick drum. Zoom way in on the two kick tracks. You will see that the close kick mic picks up the sound slightly before the far mic. See Figure 2. If you put the Pro Tools main counter into samples mode you can find the exact delay in samples between the mics, as shown in Figure 3. We delayed the close mic by this many samples so that there was no more delay between these two mics, as shown in Figure 4. We routed these two tracks to a single mono aux track. We then looked at the delay between the distant kick mic and the overheads and delayed the kick aux by that many samples. We did the same thing for the two snare mics, then individually delayed the toms, hi hat, and ride cymbal to the overheads. We then routed all these tracks to a stereo aux track and delayed that track to match the time arrival at the distant pair. For a nicely detailed audio and visual demonstration of time aligning, I urge you to check out my video Bass Guitar Part 3 at www.recordingmag.com. Mixing After the session I spent a few hours in the studio playing with the mix. I was able to achieve all kinds of different vibes because I had so much control over the sound. My sounds had been recorded so well that I found myself spending little time fixing problems with eq but rather using tried-and-true eq and compression techniques to shape my sound. However, the real magic happened when I got the close mics all sounding nice together and then brought up the distant pair. This dramatically opened up the sound and produced punch and impact that pushed me back in my chair. I also employed parallel compression to push the drums up “in your face” without making them sound squashed. For all the juicy details on expanding, equalizing, compressing, and even discombobulating these tracks, check out part 2 of this article in next month’s issue. In that article you will also hear about the secret discombobulation mic and learn some new mixing tricks. You will also be able to listen to some of my mixes, and even download the entire ProTools session, from our website. Stay tuned! Happy Slamming! Michael Schulze (schulze@recordingmag .com) is the Director of the Audio Production Program at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music.
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Fade In.
Contents
Talkback.
Fast Forward.
The Production Of Clare Fischer’s CD ¡Ritmo!
Big Money Drums.
Recording Fundamentals. Chapter 14: Sweet Spot Conundrums—Part 1.
Sonodyne SM200Ak Studio Monitors.
AKG D12 VR Reference Kick Drum Microphone.
Shure KSM9HS.
Radial Engineering Firefly Tube DI.
Audio-Technica AT4047MP.
Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder.
iOS Music Tools: Take Control!
Emotiva Pro airmotiv 4 and airmotiv 6 Powered Studio Monitors.
DPA Microphones Reference Standard Mics.
Sony Creative Software Sound Forge Pro Mac.
Lewitt DTP 640 REX Dual-Element Kick Drum Mic.
Readers’ Tapes.
Miking An Orchestra—Rock Band And Symphony.
Stereo From A Mono Mic.
Advertiser Index.
Fade Out.
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Recording - February 2013 - Cover2
Recording - February 2013 - 1
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Recording - February 2013 - 3
Recording - February 2013 - Fade In.
Recording - February 2013 - 5
Recording - February 2013 - Contents
Recording - February 2013 - 7
Recording - February 2013 - Talkback.
Recording - February 2013 - 9
Recording - February 2013 - Fast Forward.
Recording - February 2013 - 11
Recording - February 2013 - 12
Recording - February 2013 - 13
Recording - February 2013 - The Production Of Clare Fischer’s CD ¡Ritmo!
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Recording - February 2013 - Big Money Drums.
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Recording - February 2013 - Recording Fundamentals. Chapter 14: Sweet Spot Conundrums—Part 1.
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Recording - February 2013 - Sonodyne SM200Ak Studio Monitors.
Recording - February 2013 - 31
Recording - February 2013 - AKG D12 VR Reference Kick Drum Microphone.
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Recording - February 2013 - Shure KSM9HS.
Recording - February 2013 - 37
Recording - February 2013 - Radial Engineering Firefly Tube DI.
Recording - February 2013 - 39
Recording - February 2013 - Audio-Technica AT4047MP.
Recording - February 2013 - 41
Recording - February 2013 - Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder.
Recording - February 2013 - 43
Recording - February 2013 - iOS Music Tools: Take Control!
Recording - February 2013 - 45
Recording - February 2013 - 46
Recording - February 2013 - 47
Recording - February 2013 - Emotiva Pro airmotiv 4 and airmotiv 6 Powered Studio Monitors.
Recording - February 2013 - 49
Recording - February 2013 - DPA Microphones Reference Standard Mics.
Recording - February 2013 - 51
Recording - February 2013 - Sony Creative Software Sound Forge Pro Mac.
Recording - February 2013 - 53
Recording - February 2013 - Lewitt DTP 640 REX Dual-Element Kick Drum Mic.
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Recording - February 2013 - Readers’ Tapes.
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Recording - February 2013 - Miking An Orchestra—Rock Band And Symphony.
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Recording - February 2013 - Stereo From A Mono Mic.
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Recording - February 2013 - Advertiser Index.
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