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Tips on Playing Drums in the Studio

Have you ever been called to do a studio drum session? Or maybe you've had some experience
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  • When the engineer asks for drum sounds, don't start playing a drum solo. Hit each individual drum firmly until he dials it in. This is not a time for you to show off. It is a time to get your drums sounding as good as they possibly can for the studio recording.
  • Have a working knowledge of electronic drums and be sure you own a set. Many smaller to medium sized studios are using electronic drums in place of acoustic kits. You need to know how to get around these things. Know where the sound patches are, how to adjust sensitivity, velocity, and so on.
  • Include the Nashville number system into your drum reading repertoire. It doesn't take that long to learn and ... Country has had a huge impact on pop music in recent years. Nashville is one of our music capitals and if you ever have an opportunity to record there, you will need to be prepared. Additionally, this system is already in use in many smaller studios around the country.
  • "Memory" is the key to a lot of things. Sharpen your memory and have greater success on stage and in the studio. There's nothing worse than forgetting your drum parts.
  • The Money Beat: Nashville studio drummer, Paul Leim often refers to the Money Beat. The money drumbeat is 1 and 3 on the bass drum and 2 and 4 on the snare ("Billy Jean"). "If you want to have great success as a studio drummer, make sure you can play this simple beat first and foremost. Make it groove!
  • When recording in the studio if your drums have a drums rack and you find you are getting some weird hi-pitch sounds at the board but you dont know what it is ??? well it is most likly your rack ....I found if you stufff them with newspaper or spray foam the hi pitch noise will go away ....hopes this helps. - Jaret Demaries

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  • Be creative! Put your unique stamp on the song. Anything tracked in the studio is likely to be around for a long time play your best and let your style come through the song.
  • Learn the names and models of the best microphones for studio. The more familiar you are with these things the more likely you'll get callbacks to do other studio sessions.
  • Be On Time! Whenever you have rehearsals ,auditions or studio sessions, be early! You would not believe how very important it is. Other people's time is just as important as yours and you are likely to get the gig and impress everyone at the same time if this element is immediately taken care of before you ever even hit the drums. - Bryan Keeling
  • For Drummers with complex setups: They don't make memory locks for everything, so you have to get creative. I have my drum rug marked off with duct tape, so that I know EXACTLY where to place everything. I also have my cymbal arm tilters marked straight across with a black Sharpie. When the two marks line up, you know you're set. This has saved me HOURS of setup time at shows, as well as in the studio (plus, your band can't give the excuse "I don't know where it goes" anymore!). The lengths I have gone to to simplify setup is legendary, but, with a little extra effort, it can really help you. - Jim ".50 cal" Deabenderfer
  • Be patient. I can't stress this enough. It takes time to dial in everyone's sound and individual parts. Find a book you can read or something else you can work on when you're waiting on the other musicians.
  • LEARN TO READ MUSIC, ESPECIALLY DRUM MUSIC AND NOTATION! Just about anything you want to do is written down somewhere. It saves a lot of time rather than trial and error. It's like learning to read words. Remember that the REASON for written music and learning to read it is the same as reading words. It's a medium to communicate and exchange an idea. Never listen to those who will say "I won't learn how to read because it may mess up my style or I can memorize things fast". Thats all nonsense my fellow drummers. EXAMPLE: You got a call to record tracks with someone you never played with. You get to the studio and they booked the studio for "X" amount of time. They hand you the charts to the tunes they want to record. TIME=MONEY in the studio. Your job is to read the charts and play the part as if you have played the music many times before. Don't only learn how to read just snare drum music, learn drum set music and most importantly (if you play drum set) is to learn how to read DRUM CHARTS. Drum charts are a different animal than snare drum or drumset music. You must master the 4 elements of chart reading...TIME-SET UP-KICK AND RETURN (BACK TO TIME) - Andy Weis

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  • The studio session in most cases is not about you. It's about the artist and/or the producer. Be flexible and give them what they want. Don't be argumentative.
  • For the best snare mic in the studio, use one that is unidirectional; often referred to as a cardioid mic or supercardiod mic. The snare drum can be extremely loud in comparison to the rest of the kit so make sure the microphone can handle high sound pressure levels so that it doesn't distort.

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