Great suggestions guys. I don't have this problem all the time it's just a strange thing I've noticed every now and then. I really think the times I notice it more is when I don't have room mics. That said I am very much in for the whole less is more thing. I just got finished doing a recording where I had my Fat Heads in blumlein with a snare top(beta 57) and a kick mic(Rode NTK). I love that sound!
Originally Posted by mikethedrummer
Bus compression is unrivaled on drums. I will sometimes have a parallel compression bus for kick, one for snare, one for toms, one for OVH and one for the whole kit.
On that note, if you want more a "natural" sound, think of the ways ear hear. You dont run a round a drum kit following the sticks placing your ears 2 inches away from each drum each hit. Natural to me says "at a distance"
Use your room mics more than your close mics. The close mics will create the attack and sustain of each hit, not the color or envelope.
Do you find that using that much bus compression ever muds up mixes? I have tried this, and I usually find that I like parallel compression only on kick and snare. My overs usually sound nice and full with out. But, I do understand that this comes with the type of music I'm doing. Most of the music I do tends to be in the indi band arena (ie. Spoon, Mute Math, Sigur Ros, Radio Head, ect ect....). I know that these bands cover a wide range in the sonic spectrum too.