Figuring out the best way to record drums can be complicated; it often requires making tricky choices about which factors you want to take into account, and which ones you do not. Is it best, for example, to think about the audience, in a particular song? Or the drummer? As a general guideline, it’s best to think more about the audience in bigger, more live-feeling songs, and vice versa for songs that are smaller and more intimate in tone. However, the needs of individual songs trump this decision-making. The way to record drums will differ mostly on a case by case basis.
- Where the audio recorder places the drums in the stereo field, respecting the audience point of view, or the drummer’s is a debate essentially without a single solution.
- One good answer is to let the song choice dictate where to place the drum, in respect to which view to adapt.
- Basically, a more intimate track works well with the point of view of the drummer emphasized.
“When I work on different songs of the same album this choice helps me to reinforce the sensation of cohesion of the album, always sticking to the same point of view regarding the drums.”