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If you've ever recorded live drums, then you know how important the actual room is to the finished product. Small, carpeted rooms with additional acoustic treatment will have a super "dry" sound, due to the lack of sonic reflections, while big rooms with high ceilings, hard surfaces (like concrete and dense wood) will produce a much more "live" drum sound due to long decay times (aka natural reverb).
But here's the crazy thing.... One of the most iconic drum rooms in history was never even meant to be a drum room at all. The live room at Sound City Studios was originally built as a factory for Vox amplifiers in the 1960's. With it's parallel surfaces (an acoustics 101 no-no) and square, "boxy" shape, it technically should sound horrible. But it doesn't. It sounds like hit records.
Nirvana, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Rage Against The Machine, Metallica and The Red Hot Chili Peppers (just to name a few) have recorded some of their most successful albums in this very (unconventional) room.
What are your thoughts and theories on drum rooms? Please leave your comments below!
These days, most of us (including myself) take sampling for granted. We have our MPCs and MASCHINEs sitting right in front of us, and it's just a matter of dragging and dropping a file and you're good to go.
But that wasn't always the case. In addition to technically being more "work" to get the audio into your own track, early sampling was often "lifted" from copyrighted material, causing a firestorm of legal battles between content owners and those using their audio.
This video is a great look into where the sampling world was back in 1988, both legally and technically. Also, I'm pretty sure that's a young Saul Goodman at the 7:45 mark.
Ok, this is pretty fascinating. Sit back, and enjoy this rare, behind-the-scenes footage of one of the most iconic (and top-selling) songs in music history, 'We Are The World':
This particular video is from the final night of overdubs at A&M Studios in Hollywood on January 28, 1985. The sheer amount of "pop stars" in the same room is a bit mesmerizing... Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Lionel Richie, Steve Perry, Daryl Hall and Cyndi Lauper, just to name a few.
Watch them work out the vocal harmonies and the bridge section, and take special note of their "mic technique", as they are all gathered around several AKG C 12 mics. This recording session was truly history in the making.