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I think it is not strictly necessary to have the more expensive guitar, nor with the top line drum set, but I consider that minimum details in good quality musical instruments, are the ones that make the difference when making a recording.

Strings

A bass, an acoustic or an electric guitar, require strings replacement and periodic calibration, especially in a recording session. With the use, the strings become distempered, lose their bright and the ability to properly tune a note. In electric’s it is also important the quality of the armour of its capsules, because they are exposed to parasitic noises which will generate a noisy recording. That play’s against to obtain the best result. 

The importance in the choice of our instrument and complements. 

Each string instrument in conjunction with the selection of strings, capsules, fx and type of circuit is the cause of each particular sound. If we add the amplifier, the coloration of the instrument could be very different. You have to consider all these factors to decide which guitar, what bass, what capsule, which kind of string, which amplifier, what pedals, will be part of the combination I want for the sound of my tracks.

The Drum Kit

You can think of the drum kit as a single instrument, but the truth is that every piece of the drum set is an instrument by itself. A detuned drum is an untuned instrument in the recording. Like the strings of a guitar are tuned and replaced, drumheads are the strings in the drums. The drumhead generates a much more noticeable difference than in the variety of strings on the guitars. There is a lot of brands and models that will give you very particular sounds. Not any drumhead is good for any music style. Jazz, rock, pop, they ask for different sounds. There are drumheads that generate a lot of harmonics and short sustain, and others with a lot of depth and body with long sustain. Is a very extensive and complex topic, but it should be studied and understood when deciding which drumhead to buy for the musical style that you play. Let's resume tuning. The tuning of each drum (Snare, Toms, Kick) has much more complexity than the tuning of a stringed instrument. A guitar has 6, 7, 8 tuners, and defined notes, but the smaller drum is 8 and then up. Between the top and resonant drumheads, a snare drum could have 20 tuners. The trick is to make each tuner deliver the same note. When one tuner is out of tune generates dissonant harmonics.

Like strings, drumheads loses brightness and the ability to get a good tone, so it has been changed a couple of days before the recording. Tune, play, retune until seated.

The rings and tools are useful in the search for the sound you want for you music, but that once you have successfully tuned the drum set.

I want to dedicate a special comment to the Kick drum. I usually receive kicks that come with no perforation on the front drumhead. That's good for jazz, or Zeppelin rock, if what you're looking for. But if you're going to use it or not, double pedal and you want definition with attack and kicking sound, you need a drumhead with perforation. Rock, metal, pop require that defined sound that gives the microphone inside the kick drum.

Cymbals

Each cymbal is one more instrument in our drum set. At this point the price is a very important factor. A cheap cymbal is useful just like an fx sound, because they usually have uneven harmonics and very marked tones, undesirable elements for a standard sound on a recording. Already thinking of medium-level cymbals, it is possible to find sounds close to high-end cymbals. The selection of the sound of the cymbal also holds a lot of relation to the musical style that you play. Pop, rock, metal, jazz generally require particular sounds. There are some with dry sounds, little sustain, dark sounds, lots of stridency. You have to be sure that you want for the musical style you do.

 

 


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