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PSW3 - Drum Recording Intensive

This two-day intensive focuses solely on the fine art of recording drums.  Getting great sounds has as much to do with source material as recording technique, so PSW3 starts with an in-depth look at the anatomy of a drum kit, how it works, and how to get it sounding its best.

PSW3 then dives right into the process of getting great drum sounds.  Using a live drummer, students will each have the opportunity to experiment with various recording techniques.  Discussion topics include:

  • Live Rooms vs. Dead Rooms
  • Large Rooms vs. Small Rooms
  • Isolation
  • Microphone Selection and Placement
  • Close Mics
  • Room Mics
  • Phase Coherency
  • Building an Input Chain