Recording Drums In A Small Room – How to Make Them Sound Big

Recording drums in a small room can be a challenge. If you’ve ever tried recording drums before, you’d know that the room you’re tracking in can play a major role in the final sound…

Large rooms tend to make the drums sound huge and roomy.

Small rooms will make the drums sound tight and dry.

The problem is that most people love the sound of big rock drums, yet they can’t afford to rent out large studios to track in. As a result, they end up recording in small rooms in their house or basement.

Although it may seem next to impossible to create a lot of depth and size out of your bedroom drum recordings, there’s a simple technique I want to share with you that will allow you to make small rooms sound HUGE.

I made a video to show you how…

This is a simple technique I use all the time. As you can hear in the video, it can make a huge difference to your overall sound, especially if you’re recording drums in a small room. Give this a shot on your next recording. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try some unconventional positions for your microphones. Closets, hallways and bathrooms usually make for great starting points. Sometimes the strangest spot in your room can result in the coolest sounds!


Looking for more tips on how to get your drum recordings to sound big and polished?

Check out The Ultimate Mixing Blueprint: A free guide on how to use EQ and compression across a variety of instruments so that you can create great mixes quickly.

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