Jump to content

Please note: You can easily log in to MPN using your Facebook account!

Brand/Type of drum set for studio recording


Recommended Posts


I want to buy a drum set for my studio, I mostly record local bands (pop rock, latin, salsa, pop etc...) and need to know what drumm set do you recomend?... You know the brand/type that *most* drummers feel confortable to use... the one that you always find in major studios.. etc...

Please drop your suggestions.

Thank you in advance...


Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Replies 5
  • Created
  • Last Reply
I like yamaha maple customs/recording customs and any of the high line sonor stuff if you want more character to your tracks. Maybe get two snares..a 5 wood and a 6.5 metal of some sort for harder stuff. I like birch drums but most cats have been into maple the past 10 years or so I guess.
Link to comment
Share on other sites



I have noticed that smaller drums tend to record better and "bigger" than larger ones. For my studio I got a Gretsch Broadkaster kit, I just fell in love with the sound. It's all maple and has a 20" kick, 5.5x14 maple snare, 8x12 rack tom and 14x14 floor tom. It would be nice to get a 6.5" brass or metal snare too, just for the different tonal possibilities. But I am totally nuts about this kit as a recording kit, in any case. They are just so solid, not a rattle anywhere. 'Course I made sure to get decent hardware, too. http://www.musicplayer.com/ubb/smile.gif



Link to comment
Share on other sites



You make an excellent point. I have also had the same experience. Some of the best kits I have heard have been mid-line kits.


Although, I must say, there is nothing like a great set of high-end drums that have been tuned to perfection!


It is however, possible to get a great sound out of any shell with the proper tuning and correct head combination as Brenton points out.


Do not rush to buy a kit. Take your time and ask lots of questions. A great drumset is an investment and if cared for properly, will last a lifetime.



Link to comment
Share on other sites

Definitely the heads, tuning, hardware, and sound of the room are the most important things to consider when recording drums, however...


those things being equal, IMO there's a huge difference between Sonor drums and everything else I've ever recorded (top-of-the line gretsch, yamaha, pearl, dw, ayotte, premier, ludwig, mapex, etc.). I own Sonor Hi-Lites. I have a lot of drummers come through my studio, and they always bring their own kits. Generally, before we record, we set up both kits, put on new heads, tune them up, and then decide what we're going to use. The Sonor drums win every time, and most drummers leave the sessions talking about buying some. Two drummers that I've worked with in the past year, already have bought some Sonor drums. It's not that the other drums sound bad, they don't, they sound great, and would definitely sound great recorded. It's just that the Sonor drums have something special that no other drums I've ever heard have. Sonor drums are very expensive, but this is one case where I believe "you get what you pay for". Hope this helps.



Brent Bodrug


Link to comment
Share on other sites


This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

  • Create New...