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How do I get a professional metal drum sound?

Asked 1988 day 18 h | Viewed 9526 times | Updated 1973 day 18 h |

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I was wondering what the best way would be to go about mic'ing and mixing drums to make them have a professional metal sound.


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  1. Answered: 1986 day 23 h (0) | Permalink

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    Gravatar photoApe Trax

    You should always focus on getting a good sound in the mics and preamps first,  but pay extra special attention to that kick mic(s) 

    Most of those kick sounds are fake,  as in,  they're recorded normally,  but then someone goes back in and places kick samples in the appropriate timing.  It takes a bit of time,  but then you get that perfect, unrelenting kick blast. 

    For aggressive styles of music, especially loud rock and metal,  be careful with your hi-hats.  Have the drummer switch out to a duller set if they sound too overbearing.

    Also:  in the May / June 2009 issue of TapeOp,  there's an excellent article that focuses on recording Death & Black Metal.  check it out.

  2. Answered: 1988 day 8 h (0) | Permalink

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    Gravatar photoGear Guy

    Metal sounding drums are all about that in-your-face sound and usually a combination of close-micing techniques and samples are used to achieve that.


    Most drum recordings make heavy use of the overhead mics to fill out the sound, but metal sounding recordings use little to none of these mics in the actual mix and instead opt to use the individual mics on each piece of the kit. (snare, toms, kick...).  This makes the drums sound extremely dry and upfront in the mix.


    Engineers will also usually trigger or replace many of the original sounds during mixing.  This is pretty much always done on the kick drum to get that super-clicky sounding punch.  You can either trigger a sampler during recording or replace the original track with samples after-the-fact with programs like Drumagog or TL Drum Rehab.

  3. Answered: 1978 day 10 h (0) | Permalink

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    Gravatar photoPablo Santiago

    I am sure that this is not the kind of sound you're looking for but I find it educational for the way in which they sought and developed one of the sounds with more personality and authenticity of thrash metal batteries. Enjoy...

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    Amost all metal drum recordings make use of drum samples to augment the sound. The best way is to blend the sound of the samples with the real drums - this is the best way to keep them sounding live. I like to bring up the kick or snare samples up just up enough so I can definitely hear them and then back them down.

    I'd highly recommend Drumagog or Trigger for triggering/blending the sounds. Search Google for sites.

    For kick drums, I'd highly recommend Drum Werks for kick drum samples:

  5. Answered: 733 day 18 h (0) | Permalink

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    Gravatar photoguest

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