These days you can find more and more resources for your music online. Because hip hop and rap musicians use online resources like drum samples to produce music for there albums. These drum samples can be sold online for good money. Of course many drummers became drummers to play jazz or rock music. Not many think of hip hop as a drum friendly music genre. Still music producers use these rythms to make music. And working together with these kind of music producers as a drummer can be very profitable. So how do you create good drum samples?
The first thing you need to do is make your drum samples high-end. When you are thinking about you drum samples it is very important to be able to record them with good sound recording material. Because this article is for experienced drummers we are assuming you have experience with using professional recording devices or working in recording studio’s.
If you want to record a great drum sound it is important you mic your drums in the proper way. This kan be different for everyone because everyone is using a different drum kit in different rooms and under different circumstances. This takes some practice.
You can put recording your drum samples in two categories. You can use the overheads to get support sound with close mics. Or you can use a lot of individual mics for every piece of your kit.
We often use as few mics as possible because you will get a more open, live sound when you record that way. The best way is to start with the overheads. you can put a stereo pair and then try out the sound of the drum kit. It is essential that you get a good balanced result.
If this doesn’t sound good you might have to work with more seperation of your kits. But you can also just try to move the mic in different directions.
When you use mics to record your drums. The way you point those mics to your drumkit can have a huge influence on how your recordings will end up sounding. Their are different thoughts in general about this but I like to put my mics close to the part of the kit I am recording and I often put them almost straight down to the drums. When you put your mics like this you often get the best sound and body.
Because recording your drums to make real drum samples can be a very precises proces it is important that you can hear what the sound, sounds like to the drummer who is playing. Because the way he perceives his drumming will influence the way he is playing. That’s why it can be very useful to put a microphone over the shoulder over the drummer who is playing. This way he can listen back to his own drumming and make adjustments where necessary.
Make sure you tune the space where you are recording to it’s optimum in general. For example some recording studio’s are carpented. As a result the sound is absorbed by the carpet and you get a dead result.
And finally. If you want to record the best possible drum samples you have to be the best possible drummer. The possibility of selling your drumming online is exciting but you need a certain quality. A lot of producers and drummers give away free drum samples. So make sure your drum samples are good enough to ask money for it.