How To Create Your Own Drum Library (Part 2)

In the previous post I explained the importance of creating your own drum library. In this post I am going to explain how to create your own drum library.

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How To Create Your Own Drum Library

First Things First, You Need Microphones To Record Your Drums

Kick Drum Microphone

AKG D112

This Microphone is the industry standard. It comes equipped with a large diaphragm. A low resonance frequency that provides a response under 100 Hz to pick up a kicks ultra low frequencies. A narrow-band presence boost at 4KHz that makes your kick punch through your mix and a hum compensation coil that regulates outside noise.

Check out this mic on amazon by clicking the link below.

(AKG D112)

Snare, Hi-Hat, Cymbal, and Other Percussion Instruments Microphone

Neumann KM184

This is a small Diaphragm Condenser Microphone. It is the industry standard when it comes to Hi-Hat and Snare Microphones. Inside the microphone are three microphones with different patterns to give your recordings rich color and tonal balance. This microphone’s recordings really pop due the sound boost of around 7db at 10 Khz in the free field! This microphone is also sure to give your recordings a full sound.

Check out this mic on amazon by clicking the link below.

(Neumann KM 184 )

Tom Microphone

Sennheiser MD 421-II

This Dynamic Microphone has a large diaphragm, similar to the AKG, but can handle high sound pressure levels. This makes the MD 421 ideal for recording toms. It features a full bodied cardioid and five position-bass control.

Check out this mic on amazon by clicking the link below.

(Sennheiser MD 421 II )

( To learn more about how to record your drums check out Full Sail University’s Youtube video “How To Record Drums.” It gives you all the information you need to know on how to record your drums and where to place your mics to most effectively pick up sound.)


Two, You Are Going To Need A Drum Kit

Our Drum Kit Pick

PDP New Yorker

This is a great entry level drum kit at a mid range price point. The build quality is superb and the sound is phenomenal. The snare on this drum kit is also one of the best on the market. An entry level kit can’t get better than this!

The reason why I don’t recommend getting an expensive drum kit, is because you can always customize your kit. (I.E, purchase new kicks, snares, hi-hats, and toms etc.)

Check out this Drum Kit on amazon by clicking the link below.

(PDP New Yorker )

Three, Gather An Array Of Other Percussion Instruments

This is the easiest step, gather shakers, bongos, and other DIY instruments. When I say gather DIY drum sounds, I mean gather some equipment to create different experimental drum sounds. Get creative, there are plenty of different ways to make drum sounds using different DIY equipment.

(To learn how to create some awesome DIY drum sounds check out J-Filt’s “DIY Sounds Video Series” on Youtube.)

The Takeaway

Drums are the backbone of your music production. Creating quality drums will improve your tracks. Quite a lot of expensive microphones were mentioned here, but many of them have additional purposes, such as for recording vocals. If you are skeptical on the prices, I always recommend quality, and the mics listed above will provide this. Low quality microphones won’t provide you with adequate recordings for your drums.

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