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Old 05-06-2008, 02:19 PM
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Hey everyone, on Sunday I laid down drums for some of my band's new songs. We recorded at Griffith University's Conservatory of Popular Music. Both our guitarists are doing a Bachelor of Popular Music, so as well as using these recordings for their assignments, the band gets free, professional recordings.

This is our second round of pre production, which, along with the first, we'll select 6ish songs from for our EP, which we'll hopefully release by the end of the year.

When all the tracking is finished in a few weeks I'll put the audio up, but for now here are some pics.

I don't have all the mic specs on hand, but when I can get them I'll post them up.
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Old 05-06-2008, 02:39 PM
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Awesome kit, I love the finish. I really enjoy studio work. I have the same cymbal placement as you have here when I'm in the studio as well.

Very nice.

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Old 05-06-2008, 02:48 PM
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Did you use any distant room mics? Room miking makes a big difference in sound.
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Old 05-06-2008, 03:44 PM
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Looks very good!
Yes, studio work is really enjoyable in my opinion...

Can I ask what kind of music you`re doing?


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Old 05-10-2008, 05:31 PM
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dude im really digging your cymbal placement, any uni's around perth have any good studio's?
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Old 05-11-2008, 03:03 AM
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What kit is this?
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Old 05-11-2008, 09:04 AM
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Thanks for the kind words guys, I guess I'll start with a spec list

Drums are Pearl Exports in fusion sizes, nothing special. I had a Pearl Reference kit lined up to use but it fell through at the last minute. I had my Exports tuned to concert pitch though, and man they sounded good. Heads are clear emps over clear ambs on toms and an Emad on the kick.

I used two snares, a 5.5" PDP SX with Maple hoops and a 6" Pearl Steel snare. Both had CS black dots on top and ambs on SS.

Cymbals are as follows (L to R):
10" Sabian Radia splash
14" NewBeat hats
16" Paiste sig. Full Crash
8" A custom Splash
10" Bell (16' sound formula crash cut down)
18" Paiste Sig. Full Crash
10" A Custom Splash
18" 2002 Full Crash
21" HHX Dry Ride/20" Paiste Reflector Dry Ride
20" Bosphorus Traditional China/19" K Custom Hybrid China
19" Paiste New Sig. Dark Energy Crash MK1

As for the placement, I guess it evolved from looking at how my favourite drummers set their kits up, and then altering it to fit my own comforts. I'm always changing little things around and adding and removing. Mostly adding though.....

Beta 52 on kick
SM57 on snare
Sennheiser 421 on toms
AKG C414s for OHs
and I think it was a RODE we chucked in the storage cupboard just as an experiment.

We didn't use any proper room mics as such because the room itself wasn't that big and we didn't see much point, we just set th OHs to omnidirectional instead.

Our band plays alternative/hard rock. The four of us have pretty vast music tastes, pretty much anything from punk,metal, prog rock, jazz, fusion and funk. It gets a bit hard sometimes because one person will want to take a song in one direction and someone will want to do something completely different, but usually we all comprimise for the good of the song.

We tracked bass during the week and this Thursday we're doing guitars. Hopefully I'll be able to upload a rough bounce sometime soon.

And as for unis with good studios in Perth, I wouldn't know but would expect so with the explosion of rock bands that has come out of WA over the past few years.
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