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How To Record Drums

Learn about the gear and recording techniques to elevate your drum tracking.


Want to start right away? Enroll and get instant access to the first 5 lessons from this course with a FREE trial (no credit card required). Richie Beretta is a professional producer and engineer that has worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry. He has credits with Beyonce, Major Lazer and Dillon Francis to name a few. In this course, Richie demonstrates how to track drums. In 19 lessons, Richie will demonstrate the mics and techniques he uses to get the best sounding drum recordings. Course Run Time (1h 13m)


  • Learn to track drums.
  • Learn to use different microphones and how they affect your recordings.
  • Go through different recording techniques.
  • Learn audio processing to fit your needs.

Lesson Plan

  • 1
    Microphones For Your Drum Kit
    In this step, Richie discusses common kick drum, snare drum, tom, cymbal, overhead, and room mics.
  • 2
    Placing Mics On Your Kit (Locked)
    In this step, Richie demonstrates how to place the mic for a kick drum, snare, and tom.
  • 3
    Overhead Mic Placement (Locked)
    In this step, Richie discusses placement of over head and back overhead, as well as compression and alternative overhead placement.
  • 4
    Working With Room Mics (Locked)
    In this step, Richie discusses the placement of overhead and room mics, as well as processing and compression.
  • 5
    Tracking Your Drums (Locked)
    In this step, Richie demonstrates how to track drums with a drummer and creating a drum comp in Pro Tools.
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