First session with the bad panels.
Also happens to be my first session with my 7th Circle pres, and I also borrowed some new mics. So..........
Far and away my best drum tracking session.
Is it the panels? Is it the pres? Is it the mics? Is it more experience?
I think there's a natural progression with all engineers that makes specific improvements impossible to nail down as the reason of greater success.
Most dramatic improvements:
Snare drum. Far and away. Crazy nice transient with the the condenser. SM57 pushing the limits of the API-esque 7thO sounds exactly like I want a snare to sound. There's a considerable difference with the room's sonic outside of the recording chain, so I'm confident in saying the BAD panels are a huge factor here.
Overheads. Cymbals sound less choked.
1. Kick- Beta 52>N72
2. Kick- Homemade subkick>Ghost
3. Snare top- SM57>A12
4 Snare top- SM81>Ghost
5. Snare bottom- SM57>Ghost
6. Rack- MD421>Ghost
7. Flr1 top- MD421>Ghost
8. Flr1 BTM- ATM450>MPA Gold
9. Flr2 top - MD421>Ghost
10. Flr2 BTM- ATM450>MPA Gold
11. Overhead Rack - C42>C84
12. Overhead Floor - C42>C84
13. HiHat - AT4081>Ghost
14. Ride spot mic - KSM141>Ghost
15. Drummer's ear -AT4060>N72
After I get the tracks leveled out, I'll post a clip of the premix drums.