As you know we recently had a Masterclass in Nashville, TN at Blackbird Studios!
While we were there we had the wonderful Nate Onstott with us and we tracked with two completely different drum setups in studio A! – The interesting thing is they both share the same room mics!
We have the Newmann M50’s and the Coles 4308’s open. – I have to be honest we’re stealing Lowell’s the micing technique used on the Coles (check it out in the video below). – It sounds amazing.
Of course, a big part of the sound is the chamber! In fact the Chamber has an AKG stereo C12, otherwise known as a C24. – I wonder how they came up with that name, haha.
The first drum setup is in a tighter room with a smaller old Ludwig, it’s a club date kit. We setup this kit with cymbals that are more appropriate for a tighter sound and have a dryer snare drum as well.
Everything in this setup has no length, sounds full and snappy especially the snare. It makes you play a certain way because there is no length to the notes and you have to balance the cymbals, snare and play a little lighter to accommodate that.
The second Drum setup is a polar opposite from the vintage Ludwig we’re using as the first setup. this one is a brand new DW Drum Kit with a super deep Tama Bell Brass Snare. – “It was perfect, It made me play completely differently because of how it carried in this room.”- Nate Onstott
Watch the full video below to learn how these drums were mic’d: