Drum Tracking, Recording & Processing Guidelines

DRUM TRACKING, RECORDING AND PROCESSING: GUIDELINES BY GLENN MORRISON AND ALPINE MASTERING Recording the Snare : There are many opinions and techniques for recording the snare drum. Some engineers prefer the standard two SM57 approach while others may aim for using the overheads for the snare sound. In addition other engineers may use a single LDC (large diaphragm condenser) microphone for a snare. In truth anyone of these techniques could work and just about any combination of the techniques could work. What matters is what context is the snare being played? If you are going for a hard hitting rock track then you would mostly use the microphones placed right up in...

Helpful Checklist of Mixing & Preparing Multi-Tracks

1. Record everything at 24 bit, even if the signal comes at 16 bit from synths (select the project resolution at 24 bit). Some synths output is at 16, but that’s OK, just do them at 24. 2. When recording a track, have a good signal strength (target peaks at -2 to -4 dB). As most of the sounds you’re using are compressed,  if they’re recorded at a low level, I have to use compression (limiting) again to raise them, which results in loss of quality and shine.  Normalizing may look OK, but it is a bad thing to use; no benefit there. Another reason - if I feel that the track benefits...

Glenn Morrison – Into The Deep (Ewan Pearson Remix) on BBC Radio 1

Alpine Mastering owner and Multi-platinum record selling musician and record producer Glenn Morrison received support from Pete Tong on his Weekend Hot Mix on BBC Radio 1. Check it out: Be sure to follow Glenn Morrison: