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Need help on cleaning up drums in Reaper Studio Headphones
Old 12th September 2011
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Need help on cleaning up drums in Reaper

Hello people,

We (as a band) are recording our 2nd CD and we're doing everything ourself. This is the first time we're mixing and mastering on a PC using Reaper.
To be clear, we don't record with a PC or Reaper.

We're running in some problems with the drums... we tracked an acoustic kit with 8 mics (kick, snare, 2 OH's, 3 toms and 1 cowbell) and every mic basically picked up every part of the drums. We tried to get it as clean as possible... but, yeah... apparently it didn't work out that great.

Using a noise gate on every track get's us there for, lets say, 75% but it's not really "nice sounding". We use studio monitors btw.

Some good advice and or tips for cleaning up the tracks in Reaper?

Old 12th September 2011
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First thing you need to know is that you will get better results by programming your drums, by buying loops, or using a qualified session drummer.

You should know that it is impossible to get total isolation and it is not good way of thinking about drum miking. You should treat the drum like if it was one big instrument. It is normal for the snare mic to pickup some HH. The toms will pickup some cymbals, etc. You can gate, edit, it is impossible to tell if this will be a good solution for your tracks. Worst case, you can use Drumagog (or manually place samples aligned with your hits) and you would have total isolation.

You need to read more on this forum, internet, youtube, books, etc. Recording drums is extremely difficult (if you want to get better results than using samples, loops, etc).
Old 12th September 2011
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Thanks tenkas for your reply.

Forgot to mention we are a Thrash metal band and aiming for a 80's sound.
So it doesn't have to be crystal clear... but what we have now is a mess.

Do you think it's better to clean it up digitally (without samples) or track the drums again with another mic setup. Maybe add a room mic or 2?

We also have the possibility to record with a Roland TD-12 btw.
Old 12th September 2011
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Try also the reaper forum, you will get a lot of help from there.
Old 12th September 2011
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That's an excellent idea! Thanks
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