Record Drums with GarageBand ’11. The two mic method. We also cover some mixing tips!
Runtime: 56 min.
GarageBand is a great program for getting your ideas out of your head into some speakers. In this video guide from AudioPropellor, we look at all the ingredients that go into recording drums and how to use 2 affordable microphones and an audio interface to get a usable sound wherever you might be recording. We use one microphone on the kick drum and one microphone overhead to capture an overall picture of the kit in mono. These are not specialty microphones, but the kind you may have sitting around the practice room. You can record drums with GarageBand – it’s not that hard!
The often daunting mixing and mastering process is also covered, to help you give your sounds more impact and volume.
Subjects discussed include:
Microphone choice and technique
Creating tracks for your microphones
Setting appropriate recording levels
Mixing – including the equalizing, gating and compression of our recordings
The guide is geared toward the beginner drum recordist, on a limited budget who is aiming for the best possible results.
If you have no clue on how to set up a system to record multiple microphones, check out the AudioPropellor Guide to Audio Gear for Your Computer