Drum Recording at Kore Studios

A lot of the work we do at Kore revolves around drum recording sessions. On this basis we thought it would be useful to provide visitors with a few samples to showcase the variety of sounds and set-ups that can be achieved. Our live room provides enormous flexibility, with the possibility of using the main space for an open sound, the booth for a tighter feel, or adding in the adjoining corridor for big ambience. 

All of the below samples were recorded into Pro Tools at 24 bit / 96 kHz by Kore's owner and Chief Engineer George. We have provided the patch sheets to show the mics and outboard gear used, and for the drum enthusiasts amongst you, a breakdown of the kit elements. Many thanks to our good friend Elliott Henshaw, who was kind enough to provide us with his kits and incredible talent for the day.

Modern Rock

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The above samples were recorded with a traditional multi-mic set-up. The kit was set-up in the main live area, with the adjoining corridor miked up for ambience. We used a variety of dynamics for the close mics, with ribbons for the overheads and ambience. The Mic amps used were mainly Neve and Api. We have also included a version without the ambience to demonstrate the difference that adding in the corridor makes.

70's Rock

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For this sound the kit was set-up in the main live area, but miked using the Glyn Johns 3 mic approach. The ambience mics were moved to the far end of the corridor, and the tape delays were added in afterwards with our Roland 501 space echo. The three close mics we used for this set-up include the very rare AKG D30 on kick, plus a pair of Neumann U67s over the top and side.

60's Pop

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In order to achieve the dry sound we were going for here the kit was set up in the back drum booth. The room was then further dampened down using our taytrix stackable gobos. Only two mics were used, a vintage AKG d12 on kick, plus another AKG, the d19c, over the top. Both mics were compressed using our custom Fairchild 670 compressor.

Soul Kit

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We went right back to basics on this one! The kit was set up in the main live area and mic’ed with an old 1940’s ribbon mic, the extremely rare Melodium Type R. This was recorded with a tube pre-amp into our custom germanium eqs for grit and character. The plate reverb was added in at the mix.