Posts tagged with “Drums”

Tama StarClassic unboxing

Thursday, November 26th, 2009 | by matthew mcglynn

Thanksgiving is traditionally a day to remember the things for which one is thankful. I’ve found this exercise to be a lot easier when FedEx drops off a new drum kit on the day before. Yep, this is my second new drum kit this year; the first one got sent back. I’ve loved Tama drums […]

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How to test drum bearing edges

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009 | by matthew mcglynn

Some people emailed to ask what happened to my new Taye drum kit. I posted pictures of the unboxing in March, but haven’t mentioned the kit since then. It was conspicuously absent from the photo at the end my recent USB audio interface/mic-pre shootout. The story of my Taye StudioMaples is a sad one, because […]

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Overhead mic shootout: STO-2, MK-012, M179

Thursday, October 16th, 2008 | by matthew mcglynn

I’ve been using a pair of Oktava MK-012 SDCs as my go-to overhead mics for years, ever since I conducted a shootout comparing the MK-012 to AKG C1000S and EV 635a mics. To my ear, the Oktavas won that test handily, offering better imaging, broader frequency response, and more musical results as compared to the […]

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How to record drums at home

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008 | by matthew mcglynn

Pick a room you can take over for a couple days. Or better yet, weeks. Small rooms tend not to sound great, so you’ll probably be better off stuffing something absorbent in the corners. Acoustic foam, even the cheap stuff, seems to work well. Put mics all over the place — as many as you […]

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drum setup video

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008 | by matthew mcglynn

I recorded four songs over a 3-day weekend last October, in a room I rented from a local guitarist who built a dedicated rehearsal space about 10 minutes from here. I put a pocket camera on a tripod first, and shot pictures over the course of the day. I’m in most of the photos because […]

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Tuesday, March 11th, 2008 | by matthew mcglynn

Forgive the lack of recent activity… I’m tracking a few more songs for Andrew Thomas‘ sophomore CD. I took over the den here at the house; it’s a bigger room than the spare bedroom I used to use (and which is no longer “spare”) and seems to sound better. I’ve updated a couple mics and […]

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