The phase thing on the drum tracks

by Marcus


One of the best trick. I use it everytime I record a drum.
It works particularly well anytime you need a deep acoustic drum sound especially on the bass drum.
Just after you have recorded your separate drum tracks, use your audio editor to put your drum in phase.
The thing is to delay overhead microphones to synchronize with the bass drum and the snare.
Usually there is a 1 to 3 milliseconds delay to apply to your OH mics.
You won't regret it, when you're done, your sound will never be the same again.

Marcus from Poland

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Aug 25, 2015
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Jul 26, 2010
No more manual phase aligement.
by: Glen Millan


you should take a look here :

this video shows how the radix plugins does it automatically... 149 $.

It solves a lot of problems and spares time to focus on sound... not so bad

what you think ?

Jul 25, 2010
Thank you!
by: Sam

Hi Marcus & thanks for sharing this very useful hint with us !

I should also add that you have to do so because your microphones in your mics drum set are not vertically aligned.

Indeed, assuming that your "point zero" is your drum kick, you have to delay your overhead microphones in order to put all of them in phase.

Of course, sound takes some time to go from one point to another (approximately 340 m/s depending on the hygrometry & the heat, that leads us around 3ms/m as you already told us).

It is a real added value to the sound (depth and clarity) when you do so because there no more artifacts like masking & comb filter to dirt or waste the original sound, just because everything is in phase.

Everyone should know and experiment this, it's true.

Thanks !



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