Our basement flooded last spring. This year there will be even more water…so I moved the drumset upstairs this weekend.  I have it all miked up now, but not ready to record yet.  There are many techniques to setting up microphones and recording, but the biggest rule of all:

Make sure your source sounds good.

If what you are recording sounds like crap – then you need to make it sound good before you waste your time (unless of course you want it to sound like crap).  These days there are ways to replace pretty much everything with a different sound, so technically someone could record a stick hitting a desk and then replace it with a real snare drum sound or something.  But I don’t like that.  I want it to be real and not just some pre-recorded sound that anyone could use if they had the money.

So – I need to get these drums sounding good so that I can get rolling.  As I am messing with the drums, I am also continuing to figure how each song will go.  It is tricky by myself – as with a band – it is easy to try something to see if it works…but by myself – I have to record some stuff and play along to see if some of my ideas will work as they seem to work in my head.  Sometimes they do.  Sometimes they don’t.  It is part of the fun.

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