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Nov 18 2012

Day 7 (Time to Timpani)

A ton of interesting things went down in the studio today. After Nick recorded the drum parts for “Katie Said”, we set up a new kit in front of the old one. We were looking for some weird drum sounds for “You Can Make It Up”. We borrowed a kit from the studio owner’s apartment and kept everything to a minimum. We used an EV 635A as an overhead mic, a Beyerdynamic 201 on the top of the snare, a Sennheiser MD408 on the bottom of the snare, a Beyerdynamic M88 and AKG D12 on the kick, and a Neumann U87 in the bathroom. Nick also played a timpani and floor tom on “American Horror Story”, and Henry played acoustic guitar on the same song in the bathroom. We finished up the day with Henry playing some electric guitar on “Home Again”.

Standard kit setup:

Kick In – Beyerdynamic M88 -> Great River ME-1NV
Kick Out – AKG D12 -> Neve 3115
Snare Top – Beyerdynamic 201 -> API 512c -> EL8 Distressor -> Sphere Eclipse EQ
Snare Bottom – Shure Beta 57A -> Great River ME-1NV
Hat – Altec M-20 -> Quad Eight MP-404
Rack – Sony C38B -> Amek 9098
Floor – Beyerdynamic M88 -> Amek 9098 -> Sphere Eclipse EQ
Ride – Beyerdynamic M160 -> Peavey AMR VMP2
Room (Close) – Coles 4038 -> Siemens 811 -> API 550b -> KuSh Audio UBK Fatso
Room (Far) – Neumann U87 -> Siemens 811 -> Transient Designer
Room (Center) – Cascade X-15 -> Chandler Limited TG2

Weird kit setup:

Kick In – Beyerdynamic M88 -> Great River ME-1NV
Kick Out – AKG D12 -> Neve 3115
Snare Top – Beyerdynamic 201 -> API 512c -> EL8 Distressor -> Sphere Eclipse EQ
Snare Bottom – Sennheiser MD408 -> Great River ME-1NV
Room (Close) – EV 635A -> Siemens 811 -> API 550b -> KuSh Audio UBK Fatso
Room (Far) – Neumann U87 -> Siemens 811 -> Transient Designer

Acoustic setup:

AC Guitar – RCA 44A -> Great River ME-1NV