Circa Survive Kick Drum Sound???
Old 9th December 2008
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Circa Survive Kick Drum Sound???

Hey guys I was wondering what I should use to achieve a good starting point for Brian Mcternan's kick drum sound on Circa Survive (On Letting Go)? Im not going to have a ton of time to mess with setup, so I wanted input on a good starting point. Heres the gear I will have available to get it done -
Beta/SM91
MD421
Beta 52
RE20
SM57

16 Focusrite Pres on Control 24
(2) API 512's
(2) API 3124+ (8 total pres)
(2) Trident A

(2)EL-8 Distressors
1176
(3) DBX 160xt's

(2) API 550B EQ's
(2) Tube Tech EQ1's
Old 9th December 2008
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Heres what I was thinking so far for the drum setup-
Kick Beater - SM91 -1176 - API 550b
Kick In - MD421 - Distressor - Tube Tech EQ
Kick Out - Beta 52 - API 550b
Snare Top - SM57 Distressor - Tube Tech EQ
Snare Bottom - MD441
HiHat- AT4031
Rack Tom- SM57
Floor Tom Top - MD421
Floor Tom Bottom - RE20
OH's - KM184's
Knee High's - U87's DBX160xts
Room - U87's - LA4's
Mono Room - KM64 DBX160 xt
Old 9th December 2008
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I believe Mcternan used a Transient Designer to get those drum sounds as well.

Your mic setup looks pretty good, i like the distressors on the kick and snare...but you may want to think about slimming the amount of mics down a bit. Watch that phase.
Old 9th December 2008
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circa survive drummer's bass drum and brian mcternan's room might get you the sound. Just try to work on the best sound you can get in your room.

There is a lot of 50 hz punch in circa's bass drum with a lot of 3 khz attack. try to blend the kick sound with the room sound. API and distressor will get you decently close if you have a big room.
Old 26th December 2008
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A little input...

I know the setup was (after a good tuning of the kick and all other drums):

Kick (just inside the kick's hole) - AKG D112 > Trident Series 80B > Transient Designer
Snare (about 4 inches from the top, pointed toward the middle) - Shure SM57 > Trident Series 80B > Transient Designer
Toms (about 2-4 inches from top/edge, pointed toward the middle) - Shure SM57's > Tridents Series 80B > Transient Designers
Cymbals/Overheads - (not sure here) either KM84's or C451's about 12-16 inches over the bell of left and right crash cymbals

A lot of the sound is also the room.
Old 31st July 2009
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Originally Posted by darkautumnsound View Post
I know the setup was (after a good tuning of the kick and all other drums):

Kick (just inside the kick's hole) - AKG D112 > Trident Series 80B > Transient Designer
Snare (about 4 inches from the top, pointed toward the middle) - Shure SM57 > Trident Series 80B > Transient Designer
Toms (about 2-4 inches from top/edge, pointed toward the middle) - Shure SM57's > Tridents Series 80B > Transient Designers
Cymbals/Overheads - (not sure here) either KM84's or C451's about 12-16 inches over the bell of left and right crash cymbals

A lot of the sound is also the room.
Thats unbelievable! Pretty "basic" setup, and such a great sound.

I can hear samples o the snare and kick. Anyone agree?

Also, the ambience on the snare in, imo, PERFECT.

Oz
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