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Sound at Source: The creative practice of re-heading, dampening and drum tuning for the Contemporary Metal genre

Mynett, Mark, Wakefield, Jonathan P. and Till, Rupert (2011) Sound at Source: The creative practice of re-heading, dampening and drum tuning for the Contemporary Metal genre. In: The Art of Record Production 2010, 3rd - 5th December 2010, Leeds.

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Abstract

A review of academic literature on drum recording and production will reveal significant discussion of microphone choice and placement. However, there is little presented that specifically relates to the studio production of contemporary metal, and even less concerning the concepts and techniques to achieve the genres drum sound at source. This can be problematic due to the often dense and complex performances involved, and the very specific weight, clarity and definition required of these drum tones.
This paper will firstly focus on the physicality of drums, their components and their impact on timbre. The nature of drumheads, re-heading, dampening and tuning, which is at the core of the drum sound producers endeavor to capture, will then be explored. Discussion will be provided throughout as to broad principles that can be applied to gain the most appropriate tonalities, at source, for the genre.
Drum tuning can therefore be seen as an art in itself and its importance cannot be overlooked, as even the best quality drum kit is still going to sound poor unless properly tuned.
This body of work will reflect the author’s nine years experience producing within contemporary metal production, including releases through Sony and Universal, and working alongside some of the most successful and respected producers from the genre, including Colin Richardson, Andy Sneap and Jens Bogren.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: metal, extreme metal, production, sound at source, drum production, heavy metal, contemporary metal, drum tuning, tuning, drum heads, drum shells, drum tone, drum construction, shell construction
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
M Music and Books on Music > MT Musical instruction and study
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Schools: School of Computing and Engineering
School of Computing and Engineering > Pedagogical Research Group
School of Computing and Engineering > Music Technology and Production Research Group
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Depositing User: Mark Mynett
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2011 11:12
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2011 09:38
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/9903

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