Posted on Jan 31, 2005 01:34 pm
Member Since: Dec 29, 2004
Just had some general questions about recording certain instruments. I'm VERY happy with the drum sound I'm getting using overheads and close miking. I'm compressing the entire kit as a whole, lightly, with a ratio of about 4:1, 5-10 dB of gain reduction, an attack of about 50ms and a release of about 300ms. i noticed this boosts the sound without squashing the drums.
One thing I have noticed, however, is that at times in the mix, the snare sounds weak. If I'm playing a fast 4/4 beat with lots of single snare hits over the hi-hats, it sounds really punchy, but as soon as I do rudiments, rolls, or do a flam (one stick hits the snare, and the other stick hits RIGHT after, for those who aren't drummers) it sounds thin and weak. Any ideas on how I can improve this?
Secondly, my guitars, especially distorted guitars, sound very thin. I'm miking the amp directly with a trusty Shure SM57, but the sound still sounds weak. I notice on professional recordings, it sounds so powerful, almost like five guitars playing EXACTLY the same thing, if you get my meaning. Is this effect achieved by having a REALLY strong punchy bass guitar track behind the guitars, or is it common to do mulitple rhythm guitar tracks and use EQ and panning to separate them?
Any ideas on how I could improve my sound would be greatly appreciated. Thanks a lot guys!
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