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A huge drum sound - how is that done?

A recording of drums has a pretty huge sound. How was it achieved? Can you tell?


I wasn't planning on writing a Audio Masterclass Daily today. But you know what? Something came up and I just can't resist. It's just a quickie...

Take a listen to this. It's a short clip of acoustic drums,...

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It's a pretty huge sound, isn't it? But there is NO processing other than a 12 dB boost at 11.5 kHz and above.

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So here's a question for you...

How was it recorded?

Send in your answers to me by Tuesday evening and I will tell all in the Audio Masterclass Daily later next week.

I find it a great exercise to really listen to a track and try and hear everything there is to know about it, recording-wise. If you like, you can make other technical comments on the sound. Just tell me what you hear.

And another challenge... Can you turn it from merely huge to positively earth-shattering? Fire up your plug-ins and see what you can do. Send the results to me by e-mail and I'll publish the best ones next week (with full credit for you of course).

The clip above is titled Drums-0701, by David Mellor, and the composition, performance and recording are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License.

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By David Mellor Monday January 29, 2007