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How should one know where to place the drums in the room
Old 22nd January 2009
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How should one know where to place the drums in the room

well, the room in the studio i'm about to enter is quite a big A room...
about 15X6 meters (i might be off...)

now, how should i know where would be the best spot to set them up for the recording?
is there a test i can do?

what do you think? how do you do it?
Old 22nd January 2009
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Oh,that's super-easy! Have a friend walk around the room banging on a large floor tom while you listen where it sounds the best..STOP-set down floor tom-build rest of kit around there.Don't be surprised if you end up near a corner area.
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Originally Posted by drummerboy1533 ➡️
Oh,that's super-easy! Have a friend walk around the room banging on a large floor tom while you listen where it sounds the best..STOP-set down floor tom-build rest of kit around there.Don't be surprised if you end up near a corner area.
Yes! Agreed!
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but isn't a corner bad due to reflections?

and where should i stand and listen? in the middle of the room?
in the control via room mics?
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Why don't you let someone with a little experience help you?

I'm sure they've recorded drums there before and have a pretty good idea of where to start? Or at least I would hope so. Especially if it's their 'A" room.

But anyway, I find a combination of low-end bashing (floor/kick) with a bit of high-end (usually the embarrassing ol' walk around and clap your hands trick) gives me an idea of where I should be looking.

Then, if needs be, I'll further modify the sounds I'm hearing gobos, blankets etc.

Good luck!

R.
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Why don't you let someone with a little experience help you?

I'm sure they've recorded drums there before and have a pretty good idea of where to start? Or at least I would hope so. Especially if it's their 'A" room.
+1. They hopefully know their room, so describe the sound you're after and let them suggest a spot and go from there.

Also, as an experiment, let the drummer setup where he wants. Some drummers are pretty decent at picking "the spot."
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Oh,that's super-easy! Have a friend walk around the room banging on a large floor tom while you listen where it sounds the best..STOP-set down floor tom-build rest of kit around there.Don't be surprised if you end up near a corner area.
right.

when i was looking at buildings for my new private room....i consistantly annoyed real estate agents because i carried around a snare drum and stick with me to each viewing.

i walked into the space i now own...smacked the snare in about 10 various locations...and new that i found my place.

i have a huge open floor plan...20'x45' or so with 14' ceilings. i have a fair amount of acoustic treatment in place...and there are 4-5 great spots that i setup the drums in depending on the sound i want.

in one corner in particular...the low end on toms and the kick is absolutely rediculous !!

the best place is where it sounds best to YOU.

good luck,

jchristopherhughes
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Oh,that's super-easy! Have a friend walk around the room banging on a large floor tom while you listen where it sounds the best..STOP-set down floor tom-build rest of kit around there.Don't be surprised if you end up near a corner area.


Very big chance you'll end up in/near a corner.
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Oh,that's super-easy! Have a friend walk around the room banging on a large floor tom while you listen where it sounds the best..STOP-set down floor tom-build rest of kit around there.
I do the same but with the kick.
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