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Gear

How To Make The World’s Cheapest Drum Trigger

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With only a few dollars, a couple of basic tools, and a beginner’s grasp of electricity, any drummer can make his or her own trigger.

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4 Steps To A Better Live Monitor Mix

Learning to improve your live monitor mix is part art and part science, and with the help of a couple live sound pros, we cover both in this article.

Recording

Prepared Percussion: Recording Tricks

Find out how to spice up your tracks by adding objects to your drums and cymbals, including tips on how to record these novel sounds.

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How To Mike Percussion On Stage

In this exhaustive workshop, Karen Stackpole takes the mystery out of onstage percussion miking – from congas to tablas and beyond.

Miking

3 Handy Drum Miking Secrets

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If you learn nothing more about live drum miking, at the very least consume these three concepts to assure your drums sound great onstage.

Recording

Drummer’s Guide To The Recording Studio

Time is money – whether you’re tracking drums at a fancy studio or on your home computer. Here’s a primer to help optimize your recording session.

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Studio Secrets: How To Record Toms

Looking for that big, boomy studio tom sound? Look no further for information on microphone selection, drumhead choices, preamps, mixing, and beyond.

Recording

Purposeful Haze: Re-Create ‘60s Drum Sounds

We give you the 101 on recreating the drum sounds of the 1960s — completely live, with only a few overdubs and recordings played from start to finish.

Lessons

How To Make Your Own Drum Triggers

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Here’s what you will need to build your own electronic drum for less than a burger and fries, right down to the Radio Shack part numbers!

Recording

Snaring The Killer Snare Drum Sound

Here are expert tips on tuning, rooms, and mikes to help get you capture the perfect studio snare sound, and make the entire recording sound better.