Tracking Drums in a MASSIVE empty room - advisable?
Hey guys and girls,
I just walked past an absolutely huge room:
They are busy renovating a store, one of those big wholesale floors you get in strip malls. It has fairly low ceiling, but the sheer length and width make it a very reverberant room.
Has anybody successfully tracked a rock drummer in a space like this?
Is there a point when a space is too reverberant or big?
I'm happy with the space i'm tracking in now, but just thought it might be fun to go and jam there and see what i get. I will be recording myself playing the drums, so no customer worries.
Clap your hands in studio 2 of Abbey Road and the sound back - is tight! And nothing like you would think you would get standing in such a big room.
A producer client of mine recorded a few tracks of an act on a stage of huge convert auditorum / theater. He thought it would give the recordings a "big sound" It ended up the most dreary closed mic'ed, vibeless sound ever! it was a failure as an expiriment and a total b!tch to mix.
I'm still building my new place from the ground up. The concrete shell is done. It's 40x30x15 (feet) and we put some drums in there just for fun, because it was so live. I put 8 gobos around the drums that were really just 2x4 foot sheets of 703. The drums were WAYYYYY to roomy and washy for anything useful. Sounded coool, but not something I'd want to try mixing.