Recording Drum Samples
So in the break we just, um, we went over all the microphone positions and tuned the kit, ready to make some samples. We're going to do kind of an abbreviated sample session instead of going really deep multi-sampling, we'll just do a few velocity layers on each drum. It's still going to be really good if you want to use this for productions, it's going to be more than enough stuff. Matt, do you want to start on the kick or snare?
Kick? Okay, so we'll maybe aim for four of each velocity layer. Give me a couple heel, sorry, give me four with your heel down, kind of more soft. (kick sounds) Cool, now give me a heel up, kind of, medium hard kick. (kick sounds) Killer, nice and even. Now give me four, there's no need to kick any harder than you actually kick. I think that's a mistake that people often make when they're sampling actually is to sample things way too hard and it ends up sounding really weird, so, just give me like four of your best, normal kicks. (kick sounds...
) Excellent, give me one more for luck. Wicked, alright. That's it for the kick drum, other, is the strainer off on the snare.
No, it's on.
For the snare, we'll do a few more velocity layers than that, so I guess the first thing is going to be like a ghost note, where, just hold the stick and let it fall on to the head without really pulling it back at all. Give me four of those. (snare sounds)
Killer and you're leaving a really good space there. Give me four where you're lifting the stick but you're not putting any force into the downward motion. (snare sounds) Great, now let's do four where you're raising your arm and you're beginning to use a bit of the wrist. (snare sounds) Can you give me one more? The first one you hit was a little bit harder than those other three. (snare sound) Sweet, alright. Um, now let's take a harder center hit, like as hard as you would ever hit without it being a rim shot basically.
Cool. (snare sounds)
Lovely, now give me some rim shots, don't put like everything into it. Just like standard kind of backbeat rim shot. (snare sounds) Great, snare sounds awesome. Now give me four, full on rim shots, again it doesn't need to be like killing the snare but.
Sure, okay. (snare sounds) Nice, I want these samples. Alright, let's move on to the rack tom, we'll do the same thing through the toms. We won't go crazy on the layers. So the first one just lift the stick and let it fall. Middle one, put some weight behind it. Third one, be as hard as you would ever hit. (tom sounds) Cool, that's a good amount of gap you're leaving there. Cool, same thing on that next one. (tom sounds) Cool, probably leave a bit more space on the floor toms, they're going to ring a bit more. (floor tom sounds)
Some good notes for myself if no one else.
You don't want that sample.
Come in and steal them later.
Dude, that would be perfect for like the floor tom and spock bit you know?
Yeah, perfect, the door single hit. One more and I can break three symbols with one stick.
Oh, really? Fighting words.
Yeah, right, alright here we go. (floor tom sounds) Cool, so that's all the drums. Do you want symbols at all or? That's good?
Yeah, um, you know, typically when we sample we would do more than that but for the sake of this, this is great.
Do you want a couple simple beats?
Yeah, let's just get a couple of beats which the guys at home can mess with and they can see how these tones actually work in context. Hear the amount of bleed that's coming through the microphones and everything, so, I'd suggest maybe start with like something on tight hats that gradually opens up so they can see the variation of that. Just give us like four, eight bar or something.
Sure. (drum beat)
Yeah, that's awesome, maybe now do something which is kind of going to be riding on a crash, because that's going to do something completely different in the room mics, it would be a good kind of variation.
Maybe do like four bars on the crash and then move to four bars on the china.
Okay. (drum beat)
Killer and I'd say maybe just to round it out, let's get them some stuff with toms, so maybe some kind of tribal beat. Maybe like, like the bit in Psychosphere but you know, anything you want to play.
Cool. (drum beat)
Killer. Cool, I think between that, that's some really fun stuff for people to mess around with and try mixing. Drums sound awesome.
Really into the toms. Really into all of it, I think we kind of just refining those positions we've really got like a really great drum sound together so, um, I guess what I'll do is I will come out and just check the tuning since you've hit the drums a bit. And then we will actually have a go doing a pass at the song, if you're ready.
I'm ready, I'm ready to go.
Whenever you are.
Come through with my pitch app.
Change the drum sticks.
It's dangerous having a phone in here. You have to keep remembering to put it onto airplane mode. Okay.
Usually that happens to me there's like a overhead above my head and I stand up and I--
I think, I think we've had a few knocks to the overhead so what I'm actually going to do, while I'm in here as well is just check that we're still good. Can you do me the honors and hold that in the middle?
Yeah, yeah, okay that's great. I know this one got a little bit of a knock. Let me see, maybe if we just oh I wonder if that maybe pulled it. There we go, it's all good now, right? Right.
Now we check these?
Yeah, I'll just do a once over.
Move out of your way.
So. We need, I'm just going to do the, the batter heads. (drums being tunes) Cool. These are holding tune really well. Something that's actually a huge benefit to what we're doing here is you've played in the heads now, so they've all kind of bedded in and they're not going to move too much.
It can be a real pain during a recording process when you've got brand new heads they always slip a ton in the beginning of their life, a bit like guitar strings do. (tuning sounds) And finally. And snare. Can I grab a stick? Let's do it.