Drummers can make a glorious noise, but when a noticeable percentage of the sounds hitting tape are undesirable gear squeaks and creaks cluttering up the groove, it can help wreck the vibe of an otherwise killer performance.
Drums may be made to take a beating, but like anything else, there is a point where negligence or poor maintenance will not only cause your gear to sound bad, it’ll cost you jobs. It’s the old what-goes-around-comes-around routine.
As a result, most producers and engineers encounter situations in which it is necessary to troubleshoot drums that aren’t producing optimum sounds.
We rounded up Steve Ebe, Pat Foley, Don Gehman, Robert Hall, Ronan Chris Murphy, and Craig Krampf to provide helpful tips to get ...