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Drums + Carpet Dynamics Plugins
Old 30th August 2007
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Drums + Carpet

I'm going to be doing some drum recording in a big room with carpet installed on the floor. I'm used to hard wood and liking it. What can I do to get a brighter floor sound? Plywood? linoleum? Live with it?


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Old 30th August 2007
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I'm going to be doing some drum recording in a big room with carpet installed on the floor. I'm used to hard wood and liking it. What can I do to get a brighter floor sound? Plywood? linoleum? Live with it?


neil
Ply wood is cool and pretty easy to get.
sometimes i'll place cymbals on the floor around various drums to brighten things up too.
Old 30th August 2007
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I was renting a house with carpet and underpad. I used a couple sheets of 3/4" plywood under the drums. Worked out great. It did bring back some life to the toms and snare.
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Ply wood is cool and pretty easy to get.
sometimes i'll place cymbals on the floor around various drums to brighten things up too.
That's a good one! For the longest time, I always had a few dozen loose tiles kicking around to put under the snare area (once the drummer was in place), or in the front of the kick drum to get a little reflection.... gotta try the cymbals.
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Cool ideas thanks guys! I'd imagine Just covering the immediate area under and around the drums should be plenty right? I plan to experiment a bit, but having a little understanding going into it will be great. Thanks again.


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Old 30th August 2007
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what about those vinyl mats with the spikes on one side? stay away?

never really considered it because i generally dont like anything plastic as far as sound goes but ive seen it done in home studios.
Old 30th August 2007
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If you're talking about something to put on the floor around the drums to get some liveness, try 3/16" masonite, wich has one shiny side, or 3/16" Luan plywood. What'd be good about those thin materials is that lying on the carpet to dampen them they'll absorb some mid-bass mud while reflecting some mids & high mids.
Those vinyl mats that Kyle mentioned might behave similarly, & if you're in LA I have a couple that you're welcome to.
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