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Drum effects?
this might be a stupid question, but is it possible to put effects on drums?? I mean, on the wire from the mic that comes from stu's drums, could you put a delay pedal or something?? I was just wondering about that... If that is possible, is it something that a drummer would even want to do?? I dunno... I guess this is why I'm not a drummer...
Anyway, just a question...
posted by Evan Ackley on Aug 06, 2000 09:50AM

Yeah, you can put effects on drums. In fact, it's standard practice to put at least minimal effects on drums (reverb or a short delay) for large shows because the only thing that the audience hears is the sound from the speakers. Ambient crowd and stage noise basically drown out the sound that the drums themselves make... at least in the Woodstock-size shows. In theory the effects will generally make the drums sound fuller and "better" (although that's very subjective) when they're used tastefully.
Some take it a step further and put triggers on the drums which are connected to a drum machine so that the drum sounds are generated electronically. The idea there is that each beat will sound exactly the same every time. Supposedly some soundmen love to use triggers rather than mics because of the consistency of the sound of each drum, the fact that with triggers they don't have to worry about one drum bleeding into another drum's mic, and the fact that triggers won't pick up stage noise as a mic would. Some musicians on the other hand don't like drum triggers because it is a big step toward eliminating the human factor. After all, how large is the step between electronically corrected drum sounds and electronically corrected vocal pitch, you know?
Then there's recording. Basically on all the professionally recorded albums on the radio drums are just saturated with effects. Compressors, Limiters, Noise gates, Reverb, Delay, and even some of the more exotic effects sometimes make their way onto the drum tracks. Record Company CEO sends memo to engineer: "we bought that million dollar effects module - you better use it, dammit." Well, ok, so that might be a bit harsh, but when you have all those buttons and knobs in front of you, it's hard to resist the urge to twist at least a few of them...
And so the effects companies like Lexicon and Rane and DOD and ART are able to sell mountains of little electronic do-hickeys for every instrument in the under the sun. Even drums.
posted by Clint Phipps on Aug 07, 2000 01:37PM

posted by StU aRt on Aug 07, 2000 03:09PM

Umm. greg, that's a lot of letters to put in a pipe and smoke...
posted by Cody Phipps on Jan 16, 2001 08:56PM