EP 104: Drew Vandenberg – Creating Great Indie Drum Sounds

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Drew Vandenberg is a recording engineer based in Athens, Georgia. He got an internship at Chase Park Transduction in Athens, GA when he was 16, and then went to college at Indiana University where he received a B.S. in Recording Arts. He’s been working on records with people ever since. Some of his clients include: Faye Webster, Toro y Moi, SPELLLING, of Montreal, Kishi Bashi, Kristine Leschper, S.G. Goodman, Bambara, and Dent May. He was an assistant engineer on a Grammy Award winning album from Booker T. Jones.


  • Practicing your craft
  • Finding a balance of wet vs dry sounding tracks 
  • How to create depth in a mix without using reverb or delay
  • Getting great indie drum tones
  • How to baffle drums when recording
  • Using uncommon stereo mic techniques for overheads and room tracks
  • Why the 3:1 rule is so important
  • Understanding phase vs. polarity
  • Why you shouldn’t time-align your multi-mic’d instruments
  • Giving back to charity with your audio skills

To learn more about Drew Vandenberg, visit: http://www.vbergindustries.com/

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