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Had a busyÂ coupleÂ days doing some home recording for a couple different people, and getting some stuff that I dig the sound of. My little buddy the Apex 210 is a budget ribbon mic that’s supposed to suck, but I’m in love right now and I don’t care what anyone says. For under $200? Yes please, I should buy 2 and one for you too. Here’s what it sounds like, all these were done with just the one mic, and obviously some overdubs of percussion. I have long arms not 6 of them.
Obviously these need some mixing love, but one mic recording is a fun way to test yourself as a drummer. We get used to going into studios where each part of the kit isÂ independentlyÂ mic’ed, so if we want less bass drum and ride cymbal in the mix, we just ask our friendly engineer friend to turn them down. With one mic you have to mix yourself as you’re playing. Kick sounds too loud? That’s because you’re playing it too loud you animal. Drums are a beast to record for the reason as well that the sound you hear from the drum throne isn’t the sound that mics in front of the kit are hearing. Just like swimming I always try to tune my drums with a buddy out front, giving me their opinions of where to take things in terms of note and tone. And never try to tune directly after eating because you may get a cramp and that’s dangerous.
Playing at the Cameron tonight with Cockerill, then a later gig with Ronley Teper, then to the highway for 10 days of driving a lot, listening to Taylor Swift when we get sad, Bob Dylan’s Theme Time Radio Hour when we’re happy, and playing the occasional show.