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Recording drums with a hose

Recording in different spaces can a tremendously enjoyable experience; listening to how an acoustic environment reacts when excited by different levels of sound pressure can be quite a revealing process.

As enlightening as this may be, I was intrigued by the concept of manipulating the tonality of a static space. After research, this lead me to the book "Recording Unhinged: Creative and Unconventional Music Recording Techniques" by recording and mixing engineer Sylvia Massy.

Amongst Sylvia's inspirational recording techniques was the hose.

Following the foundation of the recording technique, using a Shure SM57 and a hose pipe, I decided to implement 2 different elements into the recording: a plastic container and a coat.

Before draping the hose pipe around the drum kit, I inserted a funnel into one end and positioned that on a microphone stand facing the drummer. This then lead to the SM57 in which the the plastic container was placed above and the coat above that. My hypothesis was that the plastic container would feature its own tonal qualities captured by the SM57. The coat was then implemented to add a natural low-pass filter with aim to reduce the vibrations produced by the overheads.

Post-recording, EQ, delay, compression and reverb was added to achieve a result that I was satisfied with. It is worth noting that the delay was added using parameters based within those that noteworthy audio engineer, Steve Albini, uses on room microphones.

Below you can listen to an excerpt of the recording as well as the capture from the hose. Performed by Matthew Blake from Matt Blake Audio. I would also like to thank Matthew for adding his expertise in recording in this session.

Full Drum Kit Capture - Matthew Blake
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Hose Pipe (Dry) - Matthew Blake
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© 2019 Tavish Cross

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