I’ve lived in our Salt Lake house for over a year and a half, and haven’t tried recording drums here ONCE!! I think I’ve had a fear of making noise at a place I own because the last I tried to run a studio in my basement, the cops were at my house pretty much daily threatening to take me away in handcuffs if I didn’t keep it down. I guess that’s Eagle Mountain, UT for ya’.

Anyway, I tracked some drums with The Rob in the ol’ basement today, and they sounded SOOO good with very minimal manipulation by pro-tools. He brought over his blue sparkle Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute kit, and we mic-ed it up my usual setup, except for a couple different mics. I tried out my new room mic (A Manley Reference Cardioid Tube Mic that also sounds GREAT on my vocals and acoustic guitar…and just about anything you want to sound “musical”), and a very old mic made by the Astatic Corp that I used positioned behind the drummer for a real “shit-box” sound. I think it’s from the 50’s or very early 60’s. It was given to me by the father of a couple of old friends of mine, Chris Galbraith. Both mics worked VERY well, and I think I captured the best sounding drums today I’ve ever recorded by my own engineering hand. If I can get the room sound-proofed to make sure I don’t scare my dog and frustrate the neighbors, I may be doing a lot more drum sessions here at Rigby Road.

I’m really excited about turning out great drum tracks here, and will post the results of today’s session in the next week or so…once I change these few songs around a bit.

-joelie

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