Preparing to Record - Percussion:

  • Put new heads on drums, and have them tuned in advance. This is what drums sound like when they are not tuned. If they sound like this, there is a very limited number of options available to make them sound any good.
  • Bring extra sticks, mallets, beaters, etc.
  • Make sure all components are working properly (hi-hat pedals, snare levers, etc.)
  • Keep your range of tonal options open. Bring an extra snare. Rather than filling your bass drum with one great big duvet, maybe try a couple of smaller blankets and a couple of pillows. This allows us to try different levels of damping, rather than "all on" and "all off."
  • Bring Moon-gels or any other products/materials that might be useful in damping your kit.
  • If you have more than one kit, leave the big, live, boomy sounding kit at home and bring the drier, punchier, flatter sounding kit. A boomy kit can sound great live, but easily run out of control in the studio.
  • Note: If you use my kit, it will be tuned, well-maintained, etc., and I have gels, drum keys, etc.