"Now that we’ve looked more closely at what it takes to make a drum kit sound great, here’s a simple checklist to follow before you set up any mics.
- Have the heads on all the drums been changed? Be sure to change at least the top heads before recording
- Have the drums been tuned? Are they tuned to work with the other drums in the kit?
- Are there any sympathetic vibrations occurring? Tune the drums so that any drum that’s hit does not cause another to ring.
- Is there an unwanted ring? Suppress it with tape, a muffling ring, or MoonGel.
- Is the hardware quiet? Spray with a lubricant like WD-40 if not.
- Is the level of the cymbals all the same? Balance the level with lighter or heavier cymbals as needed.
- Is there another snare drum available? A song may call for a different snare drum sound."
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