Back in November 2014 Benjamin recorded drums for the upcoming Everfrost album.
Due to limited funds and time we could only get one night in the studio for drums and thankfully he managed to drum the whole album in time.It was only engineer, Harry and him in the studio with no one else. Luckily no problems occurred and that studio was a dream to use. Unlike certain others…
At SAE institute they got to use the new Avid setup which was really innovative and quite efficient once they figured out how to use the Xmon interface. Good selection of outboard gear and pre-amps too.
Benjamin used a combination of gear from his own kit and fellow drummer, Lloyd. Namely his Pearl Reference snare, K Hybrid cymbals and Pearl Masterworks floor tom. This was added to Benjamin’s 6 piece Pearl Vision series kit with a variety of trash for cymbals. Most of it is pretty average but sounds decent with good tuning and heads. “The best gear I own is the shell pack and my Axis longboards, I guess.”
The micing configuration was pretty standard. AKG D112 on the kick drum, SM57s on the snare and rack toms, Sennheiser 421 on the 14″ floor tom, Shure Beta 52 on the 16″ floor tom and the overheads were some AKG pencil condenser pair.. We couldn’t even tell because there was so much tape and shit on them. All mics sent to the Avid pre-amps apart from the overheads which we used the Focusrite pre’s on. And the right overhead is drooping in the photo, we did correct it before recording! xD
Overall the session went really well, most songs were done in one take and we actually finished early for the first time ever! The only struggle was hauling the drums and hardware up the stairs and cramming it in the elevator.