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Recording Live Drums on a Budget

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    In this tutorial, Kenny goes through the setup for recording live drums as opposed to settling for virtual drum software instruments. With using just one or two mics, the results can be dramatic.

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    Microphones & Preamps

    In this video Kenny goes over the mic choices, mic placement and setting up the computer audio interface for recording.

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    Drum Dampening

    In this tutorial Kenny reveals the proper dampening of the drums to achieve the perfect amount of tone versus eliminating annoying ringing or resonating of the kit.

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    Recording Levels & Phase / Polarity

    In this video Kenny shows how to correctly set up your recording levels in the DAW to avoid distortion or other artifacts. Adding EQ, Compression and Drum Reverb (IR or Impulse Response) are covered as well.

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    The Performance

    In this tutorial Kenny records the final performance. He starts with setting up a proper click track, setting your inputs to tracks and creating separate headphone mixes for the drummer.

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    Editing with Elastic Audio

    In this video Kenny reveals his technique for getting our drums to land perfectly on the grid using Elastic Audio, and also talks about the benefits of this method.

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    Editing with Beat Detective

    Kenny now goes discusses and goes over the editing process of getting the drums in time using Beat Detective.

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    Kick Samples

    In this tutorial Kenny shows you how to add samples to the drum mics to create the feeling of having close mic'd the drums. This adds punch, attack and an upfront sound. Kenny starts with the Kick drum and uses 4 audio samples which are then mixed to taste to achieve a great sound.

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    Snare Samples

    Kenny continues to add samples to the recorded drum mics and layers Snare samples taken from the CLA Expansion Pack used with Steven Slate’s Drums SSD4.

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    Tom Samples

    Kenny wraps up the series demonstrating how he gets the Toms to sound big, by combining samples taken from the Toontrack EZ Drummer software and finalizes the drum sound.

Product Overview

Kenny Gioia multi-platinum producer and engineer is back with yet another power packed assortment of tutorials, this time showing you how to get killer drums sounds on a tiny budget that just about anyone can afford. Get ready to bang out big beats that won't break the bank.

Kenny starts with an introduction and goes through the setup for recording live drums with only one or two microphones. Next, he talks about the different types of mics and pre-amps to use, as well as proper dampening techniques for the drums.

Kenny then looks at recording levels and how to avoid phase issues as well as how to track the actual drum performance. Kenny switches to the computer after the takes are recorded and shows you how to edit them with both a warp based editor and a hit point type editor.

Lastly, Kenny shows you how to add samples manually and with a trigger type plug-in to quickly create huge, natural sounding drums that will rock the house.

If you need to record your own drums and don't have a million dollar mic locker and pre-amp stash, this collection of video tutorials will get you there on a dime! Checkout "Recording Live Drums on a Budget" today.

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Recording Live Drums on a Budget is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 6 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from I love it when I spend money and learn something If you’re looking to record drums on a budget this is definitely needed video to have. I wasn’t expecting too much but once I got into the videos I learned a whole lot and I also learned that you really don’t need to have a bunch of mic Pres and expensive mics to get a good drum sound, this guy really offers informative information I’m really happy I spent the money.
Date published: 2019-06-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Another great video from Kenny Gioia! I've been very interested in learning how to make my drum tracks better and this video is exactly what I was looking for.
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Pretty simple and easy to learn Although pretty simple a very easy to understand and well explained in details like I´ve never seen before. The content goes from start to finish showing incredible tricks and details . Fantastic Class. Great Job.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Très bon tuto Rapide et bien expliqué. En revanche pour rester dans la logique du tuto et pour une session d'enregistrement avec un petit budget j'espérais avoir un tuto qui utilise un DAW open source (comme audacity ou autre), idem pour les plugins. Cela ne modifie en rien la portée des explications, mais ça aurait permis de rester cohérent avec le titre et de montrer à tous que c'est réalisable avec d'autres outils que des outils professionels.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great features! Great stuff, short, excellently explained. Thanks Kenny!
Date published: 2016-06-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great tutorial Very well explained. It turns out you don't need tons of expensive mics and an acoustically perfect room to make a great live drum track.
Date published: 2016-03-09
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