Recording drums is not an exact science because no two sessions are the same. Drums, studio rooms, and microphones vary so much that there’s no single right answer.
Today, we’ll look at three simple techniques that can be applied to most setups, regardless of style.
This is the eighth installment in guest blogger Steve Lagudi’s series on miking drums – today, Part 2 of a two-part post about cymbals, hi-hats and rides. If you missed Part 1, you can read it here.
For the hi-hats, (I say hi-hats because I have several drummers that use more than one) I use the AE5100. This gives a really nice accurate reproduction. Aside from acoustic guitars in the studio, the AE5100 just owns on the hi-hat.
In October 2013, Audio-Technica returned to the International Audio Engineering Society (AES) Convention in New York City where the biggest names in audio engineering equipment come out each year to showcase their latest products.
In addition to a display of our mics and headphones, we held a Livestream event called “Ask Me Anything,” where celebrated professionals from the audio engineering field responded to questions from the crowd and online via Twitter.
So, who stopped by the booth? Grammy Award-winning music producer, engineer and mixer Frank Filipetti.
Every year, there’s one event for us that is bigger than Christmas – the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Show.
At the 2014 NAMM Show, we unveiled a few big products that our team is really proud of. Big show, big ideas.
Amid the throngs of colorful characters, famous singers, and legendary producers, we at A-T focused this year on listening to what you wanted. When the people speak, we listen. Here are the products we unveiled at NAMM 2014 to keep you always listening.
This is the seventh installment in guest blogger Steve Lagudi’s series on miking drums – today, Part 1 of a two-part post on cymbals, hi-hats and rides. If you missed his latest post on miking toms, you can read it here.
Steve Lagudi talks about the ATM450, his mic of choice for spot-miking cymbals
At the 2013 Audio Engineering Society (AES) Convention, Audio-Technica interviewed professionals in the audio industry to explain some of the finer points of the world in which our equipment operates. The “Ask Me Anything” Livestream event questions came from the audience and Twitter. In this week’s installment, we’ll cover highlights from our interview with Richie Castellano.
The foundation of a strong drum sound lies in the kick drum. And since drums are the backbone of your instrumentation, the first step to creating a great song is setting up your kick drum microphones properly.
We have a few tips to get you started on the right foot…
This is the sixth installment in guest blogger Steve Lagudi’s series on miking drums – today he focuses on toms. If you missed his latest post on miking snare drums, you can read it here.
As for my mic choice on the toms, I use condenser mics. For rack toms I love the ATM350’s. They are simple and easy to clip right on and can be placed exactly where you want them. Plus, with many drummers having the toms in close proximity to the overheads, it’s great to be able to get a nice low profile mic in place. For the floor toms I also use condenser mics, the AE3000’s. These mics have a bigger element in the mic and can really get a nice large sound from the drums while capturing the nice detail of the stick attack.
For placement, I get them super close to the skins. This helps get a cleaner signal being so close, but most of all, proximity effect applies here and adds more low end.
To continue the series of 2013 AES “Ask Me Anything” interviews, we transcribed our discussion with Joel Singer – engineer, mixer, co-founder and chief engineer of Music Mix Mobile (M3), a mobile audio business that records and broadcasts remotely for clients all over the world. In his role with M3, Singer handles all of the system designs and technical engineering, giving him a wide array of experience to share during our discussion. The audience in our booth asked him questions, as did the people watching the Livestream from Twitter. Fellow sound engineer Richard Chycki even added a question to the discussion.
Joel has engineered recordings and broadcasts for Justin Timberlake from Madison Square Garden for HBO, Barbra Streisand for Showtime, Shakira, Poison, John Mayer Trio, Madonna, Linkin Park Live in Texas and many more. Joel has received a Grammy® Award and a TEC Award for his work.
This year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) showcased a variety of innovative technologies, from 4K televisions and 3D printers to cutting-edge audio equipment – and Audio-Technica was at the forefront of the action with our SonicFuel™ Experience.
We invited audio dealers and members of the press to experience our new SonicFuel ATH-CKX line of headphones during 20-minute sessions – which included a demonstration, fitting and photo op with a complimentary pair of ATH-CKX5iS headphones – and the response was overwhelmingly positive.