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 Post subject: Tiny Drum Room Options
PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2020 7:44 pm 

Joined: Wed Apr 29, 2020 10:52 pm
Posts: 3
Location: Norwich, UK
Dear Members,

This is my first post and can I just say how amazing I think this site is. I've been looking for years for some help with my drum room and now (hopefully) I've found it!

I read your notes on recording drums John and found them incredibly helpful and it's unfortunate that none of the featured studios have the same problem as me.

Essentially I built a 6ft square box in my wooden shed with ply wood, acoustic plaster board and acoustic rock wool in order initially just to practice in but now I'm trying to record in there. My bands range from heavy heavy, to funk and dance so lots going on!

Floor: carpet on top of the pine which covers the concrete.
Sides: from outside to inside, the walls are plaster board (10mm) - rock wool - MDF (8mm) - carpet
Roof: just MDF (mm) - carpet

North Custom maple drums
Zildjian Fast crash's, Zildjian Hats and Ride
Many snares with other skin options including a Hybrid

Overheads: CM3's
Kick: Audix D6
Toms and snare: SM57's

So, obviously the sound inside the room is quite dead and very limited so I'm looking for some ways to possibly give me some recording options. I've had some ideas but before I do anything to drastic I wanted to run them buy some experienced ears to see what comes out.


1) Stripping back the carpet on the walls, roof and floor to reveal the wood. it's only MDF but may give a more live sound, the walls are also perpendicular to each other and I noted the angled walls in some other forums.

2) I could also try covering the walls in removable plastic or wood sheets so that I can have the option.

3) putting in a false floor - will this reduce some of the bass?


It might be that I just need to try different mic placements? It may be worth mentioning that I don't mix, I just record and the guy that mixes usually lays samples over the top. However, lack of space in the room is something he would also like to fix. I've tried placing a condenser outside of the room but it seems to pick up a lot of bass as thats the main frequency the room is producing.

Could anyone else recommend any techniques that might give some different options.

As usual, any help is well appreciated.

All the love,

Shabba Thrash

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2020 10:41 pm 

Joined: Tue Mar 25, 2008 3:31 am
Posts: 211
Location: Cork Ireland
Try placing the overheads actually at the boundary. Either the ceiling or the wall behind. Look up Pressure Zone Mics.
Any mic will become a PZM when placed at the boundary, say with just a thin layer of foam to prevent actual touching.
The benefit here is the removal of early reflections at the mic.

DanDan FitzGerald MIOA MAES

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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2020 4:19 pm 

Joined: Wed Apr 29, 2020 10:52 pm
Posts: 3
Location: Norwich, UK
Thanks Dan Dan,

You mean putting the mics right up against the wall as far away as possible from the kit?


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