Drums at Mission Studios, Warrington - Part 1

In this post, we'll look at the drum sounds that can be achieved at Mission Studios, Warrington. In part 2, I'll provide examples of a quick mix of these drums provided by yours truly; and in part 3 I'll detail the equipment used during the recording.

Mission Studios is a great live room based on the Warrington campus at the University of Chester. It features two distinct areas, one end carpeted and low roofed, providing a deader sound, whilst the other end is open with a high ceiling and wooden floor, providing lively echoes and reverbs.

This room provides a versatile recording space, not least for the recording of drums.

Recorded on the 18th of November, 2015, the following samples are pre-production drums taken from a session for Double Experience. Plagued by travelling issues, drummer Dafydd Cartwright was forced to quickly record 14 scratch drum tracks at Mission with me. This allowed guitarist Brock Tinsley and vocalist/bassist Ian Nichols to record their parts at Warrior Sound in North Carolina, USA, for the new album 'Unsaved Progress'. The final drums used on 'Unsaved Progress' were recorded at Orange Sound Studios in Penmaenmawr by Russ Hayes.

'Tight beat' and 'Big Beat' are taken from 'The Glimmer Shot', whilst 'Tom Beat' is taken from their cover of Blue Oyster Cult's 'Godzilla'.

Examples

So, let's dive right in. Here's the first beat, a section from the verse of 'The Glimmer Shot'

No EQ was used on these samples; save for some high-pass filtering to get rid of excess mud we don't need. The following two samples have the room mixed in at subtle and not-so-subtle volumes:

As you can hear, the room at Mission really adds a nice reverb and body to the drum sound. Let's hear a looser feel from the chorus:

And finally, here's a solid pattern on the toms, taken from the verse in 'Godzilla':

That concludes this post. In Part 2, I'll be mixing these drums with a few plugins as well as an analogue 2-bus.

If you'd like to get in touch with me to book a session, just email me at chris@chriswmusic.com. Thanks!