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Recording score drums in a medium size room
Old 4th February 2016
Gear Nut

Recording score drums in a medium size room

Hi Everyone

I'm trying to book a set of large drums to record for a score type track where the rest of the stuff which is recorded was recorded in a very large hall with a wonderful acoustic. unfortunately getting the drums to the same hall is a bit beyond the budget for this project, so we have the option to record at the studio's own hall, which is a medium sized room. <- Here it is

and here is a video of someone playing the kit in this room

Obviously it won't have the sound that you get in the larger studio halls, but I wondered if it's possible to mic/record and product in a certain way to get it to blend well (no compensating) with the main score (orchestra and ethnic choir mostly).

I've recorded drums in a smaller studio before, and tried to use them in a project like this and it did not go down too well because the room sound of the studio was there no matter what I did with the reverb etc.

That said - just close miking won't cut it - we need some good stereo perspectives, and some good at-distance mics to allow the sound of some of the drums to develop.

Thanks a lot!
Old 4th February 2016
Gear Nut

Heres another video showing the room:
Old 4th February 2016
the impact of the room will almost certainly be obvious as the room has an enormous impact on the sound. What you need to do is listen to the sound you have and work out what you can try and do to get to the same ballpark (so if the studio is much brighter than the hall you might use darker mics etc.) Fundamentally, there is little you can do to change the size of the room because, if you use rooms mics you have the room size printed on there. If you can't get close enough to what you need consider using close mics plus bricasti or close mics plus convolution.
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