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Old 04-16-2011, 08:58 AM
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Hi, just a general question really...I'm recording my band soon and normally I tuned my drums to get the most resonance out of them, but this will be a very DIY process so I'm wondering if I'll have an easier time of EQing and mixing if I dampen them down?

It's my toms and snare I'm most worried about. On my toms I used G2 coateds over G1 coateds. I've got a Evans Power Centre coated on my snare. I want the drums to have some 'body' in the recording so I'm worried that if I dampen them they'll sound thin and lifeless.

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Old 04-16-2011, 10:32 AM
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don't dampen. if the engineer disagree's dampen.
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Old 04-16-2011, 12:45 PM
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Engineer? This is me and an 8 track!
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Old 04-16-2011, 06:14 PM
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oh, don't dampen then. cut out all 500khz from the toms in eq too. that's what most engineers ive worked with do
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Old 04-16-2011, 11:51 PM
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It depends on the room, in really echoey spaces, i will dampen a bit, if the room is a bit dead i will let the drums breathe a bit. I would sound check with some dampened toms, and open toms and replay it to see if its the sound you want
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Old 04-17-2011, 12:07 AM
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It depends on the room, in really echoey spaces, i will dampen a bit, if the room is a bit dead i will let the drums breathe a bit. I would sound check with some dampened toms, and open toms and replay it to see if its the sound you want
Yeah, if its just you then buy some moongels.
Start off by recording small bits with no damping. If you like it then dont put on the Moongels. If you have too much ring for your taste then slap on a Moongel or two.
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Old 04-17-2011, 01:44 AM
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I'm no engineer, but I've been recorded by a few and have seen many more in action. One mantra that most of them seem to have is "good sound in = good sound out".

Now I've seen these guys work wonders with flat, lifeless, dead sounding drums....huge sound out of a cardboard box, type thing. Yet they still seem to prefer a good sounding kit in order to pull out optimal drum sounds. Make of it what you will, but it stands to reason that for a great recorded sound the drums need to sound great in the first instance. My vote is to tune 'em properly from the get go.
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Old 04-17-2011, 01:49 AM
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I agree, you need to have a drum sound close to the one you want.


If you have no engineer, you need EXACTLY the drum sound that you want. Unless youre going to put it through some sort of pro tools rig or something
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