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Old 29th July 2016
Reamping for Better Drum Room

Yes, a great way to enhance the sound of a drum room (or create one where there wasn't one to begin with), is to send the kick, snare and toms through a PA re-amp and re-record. This way you have better control of the cymbals too.

On many projects I have sent kick, snare and toms through a PA in a room, while the drums are in the same room being recorded! This "pumps up" the low-end in the drum room mics and makes the drums sound very muscular. It is a technique used often in rock recordings in Los Angeles. Ross Hogarth used it on Motley Crüe's "Girls Girls Girls" I believe. He talks about using the PA in the Recording Unhinged book.