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Old 31st August 2003
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Hmmmm. There are thousands of great drum sounds, that sound totally different from one another. I guess the most important thing is sussing out what direction you need to go in for a given song, and ultimately thinking about how far or close the drums are going to need to be in the mix. Not that you can't manipulate that effect with reverb or room mics, but you may make some different decisions if you think about that arrangement issue ahead of time.

All of the suggestions have been cool. I would chime in with the classic "re-amp through p.a system". As I happen to do rehearsal in part of my building, I have a few p.a's handy. Set it up in the parking garage the other night, bwahahaha. I also have a bank vault that get some good reverb with the p.a. It's cool in just a regular room as well.