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Tracking Drums in a MASSIVE empty room - advisable? DAW Software
Old 20th April 2010
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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.

Worth a try?
Old 20th April 2010
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low ceilings and parallel walls will create flatter echo...
that's not too cool.
If the space is huge, and the walls are not parallel- that's cool
Old 20th April 2010
Test it out with just a few mics.

Kick and overheads -

If that sounds good - go for it!

Huge rooms CAN sometimes sound small.

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.
Old 20th April 2010
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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.

Old 20th April 2010
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I've tracked in huge empty warehouse spaces pretty similar. But with much higher ceilings.

Transient shaper/designer on OHs helped a bunch.
Old 20th April 2010
On 'found' locations its a real lottery IMHO - some work some dont.

You just have to try it..

Some folks think studio design is a lottery too!
Old 20th April 2010
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Maybe track without cymbals and overdub them later. Will definitely sound huge without those things ringing for hours.
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