Saturday, September 16, 2006

Recording Drums - Miking Techniques Part 1

by Jakob Culver

Recording drums can be one of the hardest things when recording a band. Many people are unsure what to do and how to go about it. Although when recording drums mic placement and choice is a big issue, the biggest issue of all is how good the drummer places. ie a solid drummer is going to be alot easier to record than someone who plays loose and out of time.

Kick Drum

Lets talk about how to mic a kick drum. The kick drum is a solid focal point behind the drums with a low end frequency that in some context establishes the beat of the song. for this reason kick drum mics are large with a low end frequency range. In terms of mic placement the mic needs to be placed inside the kick drum. This means that unless the front skin has a hole in it, it should be removed! Once you have removed the front skin place the mic about 12'' away from the beater, slightly off-center and pointing directly at it (Placing it directly in-front of the beater means that it is the path of the sound and puts the mic under alot of pressure). Use this mic placement if you want a nice precise and punchy sound. If you want a more open sound bring the mic further away from the beater - just on the outside of the drum. A good choice of mic generaly is the AKG D112 and Sennheiser 421, I also find that the shure kick drum mics work great. In terms of miking a kick drum these are general guidelines and you should experiment with you mic placement since the sound depends alot on the person playing the drums.

Snare Drum

With The snare drum the hardest thing is placing the mic in the right spot since there is little room. When you position it try and place it 1'' in from the rim, 2-3'' above it, facing to the center of the drum at 45 degrees and facing directly away from the hi-hat. Facing the mic away from the hi-hat means that you minimise the amount of hi-hat coming through that mic (if you still get alot of hi-hat coming through the snare mic try and put a round peace of foam around the mic). If you find the snare sound is not cutting through than consider miking the bottom of the snare drum as well, if you do decide to do this remember to reverse the phase on the bottom mic. In terms of mic choice the shure sm57 is a great it has been used by many great engineers in the past and still is. It is a relitivly cheap mic but still function as good or better than other mics more expensive. There are many other good snare mics out there and you should try them out to find what best works for you.

About The Author

Jakob Culver is a professional working musician & founder of the website

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Why Take Guitar Lessons?

Why Take Guitar Lessons?

By Bill McMahon

So you've been debating whether or not to take guitar lessons. Here are some reasons to go ahead and take the plunge:

Guitar lessons will speed up your learning time. For a little money you will accelerate your learning process.

Guitar lessons will make you more efficient. Why try to teach yourself and waste tons of time? Time is money - use a little money now, and save tons of time in the future.

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This highly recommended course, Jamorama, is an amazing method to take your guitar lessons online. What could be more convenient than audio and video instruction that you can learn from right at home? No hauling your guitar to your car and then driving in crazy traffic to a lesson in a damp room somewhere. This is definitely the way to learn. Highly Recommended - click the banner above...

When you take guitar lessons you are more focused. With focus comes definite goals, definite tasks, and definite and measurable progress. If you are trying to learn how to play guitar, but you aren't focused, you may learn a little here and there, but your progress will be scattered and slow. With attention to detail and a well thought out plan, you will be able to mark down goals and then do what needs to be done to realize those goals in minimum time. You'll be more efficient, and when you're more efficient, you'll have more fun and make quicker progress.

Guitar lessons are fun because they give you a way to measure your progress. When you can see that you are making progress from week to week, you are naturally excited. This excitement is fuel to keep studying your lessons and practicing your guitar playing, and success will come that much quicker.

Another great reason to take guitar lessons is to learn how to play certain styles of music on guitar, or to learn how to play guitar like your rock guitar heroes. You could try for countless hours to imitate you favorite guitar god's playing style, but when you have ready instruction, you already have a map on how to get there, and you can put your effort into getting the style down. (By the way - the jamorama course at: Jamorama is great for learning how to play certain styles of guitar.)

I hope I have persuaded you that taking guitar lessons (even online) is one of the best investments you can make in yourself. Good luck with your guitar playing!

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