Recording live drums is one of the trickier processes that you will have to learn if you want to capture the sound of a live band. And after all the mic choices and other setup, it comes time to set your levels and actually do a take. But how can you ensure you get it right? In this short video from the course Logic Pro X 503: Recording Drums, Josh Carney explains in a clear and straightforward way what you need to do in order to make sure your drum takes are clean and punchy with no distortion.
Josh begins by showing you how he typically sets up a scratch session so that guitarists and other musicians can play along with the drummer. This is common practice and means the drummer can play with the proper feel of the track even though the other instruments will likely be overdubbed again at a later stage. he then explains how he sets up a monitor mix for the drummer along with a click track so that he is able to stay in time. There then follows a walk through patching the drums into hardware and routing them, then advice ons etting levels for each individual drum and adjusting them once the whole kit is in play. Be sure to check out the full course for a complete guide to recording real drums in Logic Pro X!