After having built a studio/jam space in my basement(still a work in progress)I badly needed to upgrade a couple things.
My desk was a tiny old p.o.s. and I wanted something nicer without breaking the bank. We were visiting our son and his family in K.C. and there I found my new favorite store, Ikea, I could really go nuts in that place, lol!
$35 for a table top-
A free set of hair pin table legs from my son for Christmas
Top it off with a set of JBL LS305 monitors and I have a nice workstation for not a lot of money.
The JBL's are definitely a nice step up from my old MAudio monitors which are now used for the PS3 when I game. Not expensive or fancy, but a nice upgrade for my hobbyist studio and sound fantastic compared to my blown Maudio's.
On to the question....
I see a lot of folks using drum software for recording and doing a great job with it. Living in the middle of nowhere as I do has it's draw backs, mainly in finding like minded musicians. Fortunately, one of my best friends is also a talented drummer and we've been playing together for the better part of 20 years(yes, we're old metalheads, lol!) My question is how to best record the drums on a budget?
I'm currently using Studio One software and am relatively comfortable with it and a Presonus Audiobox USB 2x2. So far it works fine for recording guitar and bass, but what about doing drums on a budget?
While we'd like to record his Mapex Orion kit with mics, that also seems like a very expensive way to go in respect to the gear needed. Another option we're considering is upgrading to a Presonus Audiobox 1818VSL, set up his other Mapex set completely deadened, hook up his triggers and DM5, and hang a couple room mics for the brass.
Admittedly, I am a complete noob to home recording, but we would would like to get the best results on a hobbyist level. We have no delusions of being rock stars, we're just old metalheads having fun and want to record our music with respectable results. Sorry for the long post, lol!
Wirelessly posted (Wondernuts)
For the price of all that you could buy a cheap secondhand v drums kit and throw it through Superior Drummer or EZ Drummer and get better results than you could with mics and the kit. Miking drums can be done cheaply but it won't sound very good. druks are one of those instruments that relies heavily on the room size and composition. If you have a real drummer hitting pads and going into something like EZ or Superior drummer, his dynamics and human timing will be translated into the samples and sound killer. Because you're taking out the mechanical perfection of a sequencer, it will sound more natural and be almost indistinguishable from the real thing.
Otherwise, you'll need a minimum of about 4 mics (one overhead, one snare, one kick and probably a room mic) plus an interface that can provide all the inputs.