It’s amazing to me how quickly I can jump to silly conclusions when things go wrong in the studio. Earlier this week I shared a confession about how I recorded an entire album’s worth of drums without ever listening back to the tracks to see how they sounded, and without doing any mic placement. Today I have another bogus drum recording confession. Enjoy!
But The Gain Is All The Way Down
It all started one sunny Florida day when I was setting up mics for a drum tracking session for a talented friend of mine. We had “rented out” a massive empty house with a super cool entry way. It had a nice built in reverb and was the perfect place to record some drums.
The drummer got the kit setup and tuned, I placed mics in some initial spots around the kit, and then we began to get signal levels into my DAW. The drum overheads came first and once I had set an appropriate amount of gain on the preamps I moved on to the close mics, namely kick and toms.
The moment I asked the drummer to give me some kick drum hits I noticed something strange: I was getting a ton of signal into my preamp and DAW, even though the gain knob was all the way down. In fact, at times the kick drum was even clipping.
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