Show 159 – Drum talk with Travis Whitmore

This week we talk about tuning, recording and mixing drums with online session drummer Travis Whitmore.

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Travis Whitmore – Silverlake Studio
Travis reviews Audix Studio Elite 8 drum mic kit at RecordingHacks
Tune Bot– super accurate drum tuning tool
Evans EQ Pad Bass Drum Damper
Remo Snare damper (gate)
Audix D6
Audix i5
IK Multimedia T-Racks Deluxe plugins – Some of Jon’s favorites right now

6 thoughts on “Show 159 – Drum talk with Travis Whitmore

  1. Listening to #159 right now. Thanks for the feedback on the (radio) studio situation. Perhaps I’ll duck into the rack room when the engineer’s not around and flip the polarity on the guest mic and see if it clears up the room.

    On Ryan’s issue with the USB being unplugged — when people come to me with ‘puter issues, question #1 is always “is it plugged in?” Question #2 is always “are you sure?” The problem is usually solved after question #2.

    An idea for distributing the back catalog of HRS shows without straining your bandwidth: Put the first 150 in a batch on BitTorrent and just post the torrent link. Tag it properly and it’ll get around, and maybe some of the folks who go to torrents for cracked DAWs and plugins will become new listeners.

    Rock on.

  2. TFAGS (thanks for another great show… prolly not as good as an acronym as i first thought)
    Out of all things studio, drums are still the most intimidating. I just need to dive in one of these days. Till then ill be hitting up custom drums tracks for my solo stuff. My drummer used the tension dial thing to tune drums for a while, i gotta show him the tune bot. That thing sounds awesome. As always thanks for the great info.

    ride the chicken

  3. Hey guys, great show (again).

    As a hobbyist, I can dedicate some time to music recording and mixing, but not as much as I’d like.

    I was wondering around what 3 areas I should concentrate my learning time. Using compression? Mic placement? Gear buying? EQ?

    I have a feeling that I should start with whatever is closest to the beginning of the chain, e.g.mic placement, recording techniques, pre-mixing, etc.


  4. Hey guys, just discovered your show, and it’s great! I’ve been tracking my own drums for a year or so now, and there’s so much to learn. I guess it’s like the drumming itself – it’s a lifetime study. Anyway, I learned a lot from listening to this episode, and can’t wait to get into my studio to try a few of the things you discussed. Going to look at some of the archived shows now! Cheers, Chris

  5. Recently i was listening back to some old sessions and noticed my drums sounds were less than inspiring. The performances were great but my kick (which was miked with a D112) lacked the quintessential kick drum sound that the song requires. I love to edit and would manually replace the hits with samples that I have in my media library but I know there are some killer drum replacement software out there that could do the job way faster. The two I have researched is Drumagog and Steve Slates Trigger. They both look similar but just wanted to get a second opinion of the subject. Any help would be much appreciated.

    P.S. I sold my D112 and bought a Shure SM91 and the sound is killer. Definitely check out that mic.

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