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cky42091 08-27-2013 11:15 PM

Drum shield problems??
 
So, this group of guys I play with has a nice little studio in a basement. One of the main issues right now is not getting a good recorded drum sound. Both cymbals and drums sound subpar. We're working with pro drum gear, nice microphones, a nice mixer, a good DAW, but the drums still always sound like crap. I don't mix them, but my buddy says he does the best he can and spends hours with mixing.

We always have a drum shield up, and I'm starting to think that's what is killing the sound of my drums. What do you guys think? I'm looking for a 'full' drum sound, but with what we're getting now, you can totally tell they were recorded in a basement. I see kids on youtube playing blink 182 covers with one sm57 on the kit and their drums sound better than mine. What's the deal with that?

lsits 08-27-2013 11:41 PM

Re: Drum shield problems??
 
My guess is it's probably the acoustics of the room. If the shield is made of acrylic material the sound of the drums is bouncing right off the surface and going who knows where. What is your recording technique? Do you record all the instruments at once or individually? Try recording the drums by themselves without the shield and see if that makes a difference. Trial and error. In my opinion recording is more of an art than a science.

cky42091 08-30-2013 11:15 PM

Re: Drum shield problems??
 
Thank you for your reply.

For this project, the drums are the only thing that are being recorded through mics, everything else is line in. Which is another reason i don't think we need the shield.
I think you are right though, and I'm going to try taking it down today and see what happens.

alparrott 08-31-2013 02:16 AM

Re: Drum shield problems??
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by cky42091 (Post 1175591)
Thank you for your reply.

For this project, the drums are the only thing that are being recorded through mics, everything else is line in. Which is another reason i don't think we need the shield.
I think you are right though, and I'm going to try taking it down today and see what happens.

Drum shields are specifically to prevent mic bleed. If everything else is line in, and there's no vocals going in at the same time, take it down.

plastickman 09-08-2013 10:22 PM

Re: Drum shield problems??
 
Traditional drum shields create a lot of weird feedback due to the hard, flat surface of the acrylic. Not surprised you're having problems with it. Insulating material may help, but it does cost extra. Lining the shield with pyramid foam might help, but...


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