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The Studio SOS Book by Dave Lockwood, Hugh Robjohns, Paul White

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Chapter Ten

Drums

Most contemporary popular music relies on a rhythm section of some kind, and in pop music this is usually the acoustic drum kit, although some dance genres rely solely on synthesized electronic drum sounds. We’ve visited a number of small studios that have had problems getting a good acoustic drum sound which is not entirely surprising as most professional drum recordings are made in spaces rather larger than those available to the home studio operator. There are, however, some useful tricks you can try to improve the sound.

Getting a good drum sound in the studio starts with a well-maintained drum kit that’s properly tuned and skilfully played. Unfortunately, the latter is not always something you can take for granted – there ...

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