Recording Tutorial

Tracking Rock - Drums

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12 Videos | Length: 2hr 28min 37sec
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  • Introduction 9:14


    Watch Kenny go through the setup for recording live rock drums including mic choices, preamps, inputs and outputs on the interface, drum heads and tuning.

  • The Kick Drum 13:30

    The Kick Drum

    See how to properly record the kick drum, including drum head choices, drum dampening, mic choices and different mic placements. EQ and compression are covered as well.

  • The Snare Drum 16:58

    The Snare Drum

    Discover how to record the snare drum, including drum head choices, drum dampening, mic choices and different mic placements. Explore top and bottom drum head microphones and phase / polarity alignment. EQ and compression are also covered.

  • The Toms 15:46

    The Toms

    Go through how to record the toms with Kenny. Both rack and floor toms are covered along with dampening, mic choices, mic positioning and head choices. EQ and compression are also looked at.

  • The Overheads 14:14

    The Overheads

    Learn how to set up overhead mics to record the overall drum kit sound, not just cymbals. Proper alignment between each other and the other mics on the kit is fully covered and discussed, including phase / polarity alignment, EQ and compression.

  • The Room Mics 14:18

    The Room Mics

    Watch how to properly capture the size of the drum room, including making the room sound much bigger than it is. EQ and Compression is discussed as well.

  • The Performance 7:21

    The Performance

    In this video we record the actual performance. We go through setting up a click track and headphone mixes and sends for the talent. We also cover recording multiple takes and comping.

  • Extra Processing 11:53

    Extra Processing

    Watch Kenny add extra effects to the drums including a transient designer to control attacks, both increasing them and decreasing them along with adding IR (impulse response) reverbs to make the drums sound like they were recorded in different spaces.

  • Elastic Audio Editing 11:04

    Elastic Audio Editing

    Go through the editing process with Kenny and see how to get the drums to land perfectly on the grid using Elastic Audio. Kenny also discusses the benefits of this method.

  • Beat Detective Editing 15:07

    Beat Detective Editing

    In this video, watch Kenny edit the drums to land perfectly on the grid using Beat Detective. He also discusses the advantages of this technique.

  • Adding Kick Samples 10:08

    Adding Kick Samples

    Learn the process of adding multiple samples to the kick drum to bring out different areas of the sound, including an aggressive kick, a deeper kick and a punchier option to be blended with the original mic'd kick drum.

  • Adding Snare Samples 9:04

    Adding Snare Samples

    Discover the technique of adding multiple samples to the snare drum to bring out different sounds, including a brighter snare, a fatter snare, a more lively option and a sample with a generous amount of ring to be blended with the original mic'd snare drum.

Product Overview

This collection of video tutorials by the one and only Kenny Gioia takes you inside Kenny's personal recording lair and shows you step by step how kenny sets up and records the foundation of any rock / pop tune, the drums. From set up to performance to editing, it's all here, meticulously demonstrated by multi-platinum engineer and producer Kenny Gioia.

Kenny begins with an in-depth introduction where he goes through the setup procedure including mic choices, preamps, input gain staging, drum heads and tuning. Next he gives you a tutorial for each of the main components in the drum kit such as kick, snare, toms, overheads and the illusive "Room" mic.

Kenny then focuses on the performance and how to ready the drummer for their take as well as click track and headphone mixes. Multiple takes and comping is also discussed. Extra processing is shown with plug-ins like like the transient designer and IR reverbs to make the drums sound like they were recorded in a different space.

Editing is next on Kenny's menu and he shows you the pros and cons for both Elastic Audio and Beat Detective Editing. Finally Kenny wraps up the series with 2 more videos on adding kick and snare samples to fatten up your drum sound.

If you record drums or are just getting into the art of recording, Kenny's methods and techniques are an indispensable addition to your toolbox, so clear your schedule and hang out with Kenny and learn his way of handling the skins today!

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