Summer 2011 News

It's been a busy summer so far, despite traditionally being the quiet season for recording as everyone is off playing festivals and getting drunk in pubs.

As well as all the playing I've been busy with Project: Drums and after the initial launch of the 11-DVD course in April, the launch of Project: Drums Gold Membership in June and the release of my e-book 'A Drummers Guide to Getting Publicity in Magazines and Newspapers' in july, I've just started writing an article for Rhythm magazine about, surprise surprise, Online Session Drumming!

Also just found out that Drummer magazine are going to be running an article in their October edition, so it's nice to know the stuff in the ebook on how to get in magazines works!

Just found this, which is like a time capsule from when I first started OSD'ing! Check out the basic site!

Advice for drummers new to recording

My man Duncan emailed me some quick questions the other day, and this sort of email is one of the most common I get so I thought I’d put it up on my blog in case it was of interest to others as well

“Hi Tim my name is Duncan, i am 19 and have been playing drums for a while now, i was put in contact with you via my drum teacher Kevin as i am looking to set up a mini studio for personal use. I checked out your website and was amazed at the quality of the recordings and was wondering weather or not you had any advice for what gear to choose when setting up a small home studio, i have already bought an apple iMac and logic pro 9, but wondered what audio interface and microphones to go for? along with anything else you think i should pick up? any advice would be much appreciated.

Hi Duncan,

Awesome dude, that sounds like you’re on the right lines!

What interface you choose really depends on your budget. I like the Focusrite stuff (the old silver face stuff is built better than the newer black face stuff).

If you’re on a budget, what you can do is get a Focusrite Octopre and a cheaper interface with ADAT input (I used to use an Alesis IO26 which totally sucks ass, but does this job OK), then you just use the Octopre’s inputs, and go through the interface into your iMac.

For mics, I’d recommend getting fewer better quality ones than going for a big budget set which you’ll only have to upgrade later.

I started with an AKG D112 on kick, Shure sm57 on snare, then I’d grab some SE overheads – I bought some SE3s a while ago and still love them, they’re so cheap now as well so you can’t go wrong with them. For toms you could try some audix D2s, they’re ok, or more sm57s. If you have a really deep floor tom you might need something with a bit more bass that’s closer to a kick mic.

Mixing is pretty important, and in my opinion has as much of an impact on your sound as what kit and mics you use, and certainly more impact than what interface you’re using, so it’s worth putting in a bunch of time learning what you can from someone who is keen on this stuff.

Loads of drum mixing now uses sample replacement, or at least backs up the snare and kick with samples to make them sound fatter. To do this you’ll need a program like Drumagog or Aptrigga (you can use Logic’s inbuilt thing but it’s still a bit clunky).

Takes practice but is well worth it.

If you’re interested, there’s some stuff on my blog: where I take you through some mixes and show how I record and mix a song with barely any gear (including that horrendously crap Alesis interface)

Hope that helps

All the best,

Lessons learnt from a... Guitarist???

I recently went to see my good friend and savvy Online Session Guitarist Jordan Humber of, and like the geeks we are we got straight down to business and I picked his brain for the best part of an hour about how he ran his online session guitar business.

Here's an 11 minute excerpt from the interview (I'd have killed for this stuff when I first started at this!):

Your Online Session Drumming Questions Answered!

Loads of drummers have been sending in their questions about Online Session Drumming, and I'm doing my best to get back to you as soon as possible but please bare with me if it takes a while!

I've made a video answering some of the most common questions:

Ghetto Recording Videos

Want to get good sounds recording drums but you hardly have any gear?

This was the problem I faced when I first started doing online session drumming and I've recorded some videos sharing what I learnt. Here's the end result!

EDIT: Some folks have told me that they are unable to view the End Result video, due to YouTube’s policies in their country! So far it just seems to be Germany, so if you’re a German (or on a mobile device) you can see an alternative on the Project Drums Blog

For the whole series of videos, go to the blog at Project Drums

Recording Drums

Two posts in 1 day?!?!

I was just looking around the net and found this really great article I thought I'd share. It's a kind of wiki page on recording drums. Covers everything from 1-mic set ups to more involved arrangements.

Bang tidy

CAUTION: Unrelated post alert!

Stumbled across this 'water drumming' thing. How sick is that?