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Tracking Rock - Drums

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    Introduction (9:14)


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    The Kick Drum (13:30)


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    The Snare Drum (16:58)


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    The Toms (15:46)


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    The Overheads (14:14)


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    The Room Mics (14:18)


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    The Performance (7:21)


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    Extra Processing (11:53)


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    Elastic Audio Editing (11:04)


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    Beat Detective Editing (15:07)


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    Adding Kick Samples (10:08)


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    Adding Snare Samples (9:04)


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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Jeroen Simons
Submitted 2 weeks ago

I love Kennys work!

He examples directly how he got the sounds and why...Very rational and to the point, with a producers hat on too. Kenny shows us very handy steps to get great results!!

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Mastering Facility, Cubase, Reaper

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Juli@n
Submitted 9 months ago

Outstanding!

Before I watched this series I was scared to mic up a kit and record it. Now I feel like I could really do a first try without screwing the whole thing up completely. I learned so much from this videos. Thank you!

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nonstopdigital
Submitted 9 months ago

Another winner from Kenny Gioia!

I learned so much in this video. Please do more videos of this type.

I am a: Beginner, Student, Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Mastering Facility, Cakewalk Sonar, Reaper, Studio One

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Apa
Submitted 9 months ago

New tips/information!

It helped me to try out new recording / engineering ideas and make my drum sound bigger and more exiting!

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Nogal 21
Submitted 1 year ago

so good!!!

good explanation!! now i can get that sound!!

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Studio One

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norm
Submitted 1 year ago

Lots of detail, explained well

Covers a lot of ground - lots of basic stuff but then a whack of tips I'd never heard of before

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Reaper

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I've played an instrument since I was 10. Drums and Trumpet. I'm 40 now. I can play a little bit of any instrument. Master of none. Rock bands most of my life.

2. What training have you had?

I was taught trumpet classically from grade school up until I graduated high school. I went to Five Towns College for engineering and learned that you can't just learn this stuff from school. I did graduate though.

3. When did you get into recording?

I've been recording since I was 15. Two cassette players wired to a Radio Shack mixer. Eventually I got an 8 track reel to reel by Fostex. I've used just about every DAW and I started using them before they even recorded audio. Vision and Performer were just MIDI sequencers at the time. Before they became Studio Vision and Digital Performer. I got studio jobs because I knew computer MIDI and most studios didn't. I eventually moved up to Sound Tools which was two track. Then Pro Tools made a Audio Media III card which let you have 4 inputs. Gradually I moved up from there with Pro Tools D24, Pro Tools Mix to HD.

4. People you have worked with/for?

Marcy Playground
Mandy Moore
LFO
Willa Ford
Lee Ann Womack
Paulina Rubio
Hall & Oates
Bayside
Head Automatica
Cute is What We Aim For
FTSK
and many more...

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Hmmm. My Mom always said "Self Praise Stinks". I think it's because I have no ability to talk like a professional announcer, or plan out my teachings. So I teach as if you were sitting next to me. Pretty much off the cuff. I think that engages people more. We're so used to hearing everything done so properly and planned out with unnecessary explanations and proper wording that the brain will actually ignore most of it. Your brain tunes it out like you're back at your desk at school. But if the teacher grabbed you aside and just explained it to you, I believe you'd get more out of it. That is what I try to do.

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    Delay Explained

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Tracking Rock - Drums is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from I love Kennys work! He examples directly how he got the sounds and why...Very rational and to the point, with a producers hat on too. Kenny shows us very handy steps to get great results!!
Date published: 2018-05-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Outstanding! Before I watched this series I was scared to mic up a kit and record it. Now I feel like I could really do a first try without screwing the whole thing up completely. I learned so much from this videos. Thank you!
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Another winner from Kenny Gioia! I learned so much in this video. Please do more videos of this type.
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from New tips/information! It helped me to try out new recording / engineering ideas and make my drum sound bigger and more exiting!
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from so good!!! good explanation!! now i can get that sound!!
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Lots of detail, explained well Covers a lot of ground - lots of basic stuff but then a whack of tips I'd never heard of before
Date published: 2017-05-05