So you may have seen the other posts that I put together on how I record vocals and how I record guitar. Now I want to show you how I put together the concepts for the drum tracks. I really like putting together drums. I don’t do it in a traditional way at all. I would love to always have access to a bangarang kit, great mics, and a beautiful sounding room, but I don’t have hundreds of thousands of dollars laying around at the moment.
S0 a lot of times, I’ll get a random idea that I have to map out quickly before I forget it.
Beatboxing. I’m not going to say that I am really good at it, but I can usually get my mouth to put out about what I am looking for on a kit. So I’ll a lot of times grab a microphone and hit record and get the rough idea down.
Once it’s down I’ll usually use a combination of the FL Studio FPC Drum Machine, samples, and Native Instruments Kontakt to map in the basic layers of the kit. It’s not always pretty, but it gets the job done. I work the samples in using a midi keyboard playing to a click track, then do any quantizing that needs to be done to make it line up with the tempo and feel of the song.
It’s rough, but it works.