Page 3 of 3 FirstFirst 1 2 3
Results 21 to 27 of 27

Thread: Drum panning - EZ Drummer

  1. #21
    Join Date
    Aug 2015
    Posts
    1,773
    Thanks
    503
    Thanked 203 Times in 190 Posts
    Rep Power
    1606833
    Sign in to disable this ad
    Quote Originally Posted by andrushkiwt View Post
    I would think they provide a better sound than the vast majority of home recorders would be able to capture.
    Definitely.

  2. #22
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    Los Angeles
    Posts
    130
    Thanks
    4
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
    Rep Power
    214867
    Glad I popped into this thread when I did. Had no idea about the drummer vs audience setting. It was defaulted to drummer. I'll play with this. As others mentioned EZD2 with all their available midi packs and drum kits, lots of options! That said, for this simple songwriter, there is enough variety to use the tracks as they were created. I might remove that initial cymbal hit that starts many of the samples. But that's about it.
    Bill - I5 CPU PC, 12gb, Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, Reaper, JBL305's, Treated room,
    & 1 large cat.

  3. #23
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Posts
    2,396
    Thanks
    2
    Thanked 225 Times in 207 Posts
    Rep Power
    5430272
    Honestly, sometimes the sounds are just too good. I kind of wish they had some trashy kit with old beat heads tuned poorly and maybe even in a crappier sounding room. Probably just me.

    The one thing I don't like about these things is the tuning feature. All it does is play the sample(s) back faster or slower, and that doesn't work very well for a couple reasons:

    First, a real drum sounds different depending on how it's tuned. I mean, beyond the actual pitch, you'll hear a change in the overall dynamic envelope, different overtones will resonate in different proportions, and it really can end up sounding like a different drum altogether. If there's two heads on the drum, the relationship of how each is tuned with respect to the other can have drastic effects, and good drummers use all of these techniques to get the sounds they want/need.

    Then the overall frequency spectrum changes. Drum transients, especially cymbals, produce harmonic content way up into the ultrasonic spectrum, but the samples can only contain content up to 22K. If you drop it an octave, you have absolutely nothing above 11K, and all of the air and attack is just killed. Yes, that's an extreme pitch change for most people trying to get a natural sound, but frankly I can hear the change in the "air" and ambience and character with even really small adjustments. I mean really the room itself gets bigger or smaller as you tune the drum - and only for that drum! You might not notice if the whole kit was tuned down a semitones or so, but when it's just one I feel like it sticks out like a sore thumb and just doesn't match the rest of the kit anymore.

    There is, of course, nothing to be done to fix that except to include more samples in the packs. Then instead of tweaking the tune knob, you'd just pick a different variation of the drum. Like now some have the same drum hit with a stick or a brush or even fingers, and you'd just have more options there with different tunings. And of course they're not going to include every possible option. A few might be nice, though.

  4. #24
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Posts
    2,396
    Thanks
    2
    Thanked 225 Times in 207 Posts
    Rep Power
    5430272
    Quote Originally Posted by andrushkiwt View Post
    Toontrack will provide a better raw sound than me setting up cheap mics in a room. I would think they provide a better sound than the vast majority of home recorders would be able to capture.
    This has been my thinking, but it really only matters if the gorilla can actually get his head around the triggers and be comfortable and confident enough to give a good performance. Honestly, I think if I was in a situation that really needs that close-miked sound, I might set up the close mics and then use those to trigger the samples. But then, my "trigger kit" is four rubber pads on a conga stand and a mesh snare with a warped shell and broken head...

  5. #25
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Lowell Street Studio, New England
    Posts
    11,067
    Thanks
    18
    Thanked 392 Times in 372 Posts
    Rep Power
    18151026
    Quote Originally Posted by ashcat_lt View Post
    Honestly, sometimes the sounds are just too good. I kind of wish they had some trashy kit with old beat heads tuned poorly and maybe even in a crappier sounding room. Probably just me.
    Have you tried the 4-mic set up of the classic rock EZX? It's pretty trashy with standard settings.
    Mike B My new album on CD Baby: Fact and Fiction
    My Bandcamp site: http://mikebirchmusic.bandcamp.com

  6. #26
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Posts
    2,396
    Thanks
    2
    Thanked 225 Times in 207 Posts
    Rep Power
    5430272
    Quote Originally Posted by mjbphotos View Post
    Have you tried the 4-mic set up of the classic rock EZX? It's pretty trashy with standard settings.
    No. Don't own that one.


    Edit - I've always thought it would be cool if they'd give us an actual impulse response for the room they use so we could kind of put other things in that same room. One of these days I'll get around to trying to deconvolve the room mics and see if I can get anything usable.
    Last edited by ashcat_lt; 02-13-2017 at 16:36.

  7. #27
    Join Date
    Dec 2016
    Posts
    30
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Rep Power
    0
    I pan to the dummers POV, probably cuz I'm a drummer. I've been doing it this way for 30 years. Panning to the audience POV confuses my brain

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Drum panning - when and why?
    By famous beagle in forum Recording Techniques
    Replies: 34
    Last Post: 01-30-2014, 13:23
  2. Drum panning? L to R or or R to L?
    By Buhzie2 in forum Mixing Techniques
    Replies: 23
    Last Post: 06-07-2011, 20:42
  3. drum panning
    By BRIEFCASEMANX in forum Mixing Techniques
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: 09-22-2005, 13:40
  4. Drum Panning Psychology: Audience or Drummer's Perspective?
    By Clintage in forum Mixing Techniques
    Replies: 33
    Last Post: 07-17-2005, 09:55
  5. Drum panning
    By Dioxide in forum Mixing Techniques
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 01-29-2003, 23:57

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •