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Session Reports – In the Studio w/Charlie Waymire

Session Reports – In the Studio w/Charlie Waymire

FullOnDrums.com has launched a new video series called “Session Report”.

In this new series Charlie will document actual sessions at Ultimate Studios, Inc. He’ll talk about choosing microphones to fit the artists sound, micing techniques and concepts, gear, and most importantly why he chooses to use a particular mic or setup.

Session Reports are all about context. Some setups will be fairly straight forward and some may be more unorthodox. The goal is to show what went in to capturing a sound for a specific artist.

The debut Session Report episode features drummer Jeff Bowders (Paul Gilbert/Puddle of Mudd). Jeff performs a track of his album “The Pilgrimage of Thingamuhjig”. Check out the video below and be sure to visit FullOnDrums.com for a complete breakdown of the session including photos, mic list, outboard gear list, and detailed session notes.

Enjoy!

 

 

Jeff Bowder's and his Tama drum set at Ultimate Studios, Inc filiming FullOnDrums.com Session Report

There is a secret to getting great drum sounds that surpasses almost anything else. It’s more important than having good mics, killer drums, or even an amazing room. What I’m about to tell you might shock you…..but it’s a secret that will always set you up for great drum recordings. Are you ready?

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Raz Azraai Releases New Single! (w/video)

Raz Azraai Releases New Single! (w/video)

Guitarist Raz Azraai has just released his new single “I Feel Alive”. The drums for “I Feel Alive” were recorded at Ultimate Studios, Inc by Stanley Love. Along with Raz Azraai on guitar and Stanley Love on drums the vocal duties were handled by Evan Rodaniche of Cage 9.

Fans of rock and real guitar playing are going to love this track. It’s energy will flat out floor you!

 

 

“We had a fantastic time recording drums on this track. Despite the song’s high intensity the vibe in the studio was super laid back and fun. Raz gave Stanley and I plenty of time to find the right drums for the track and ultimately the right tones. Stanley did a fantastic job on the track. I’m looking forward to working with them again!” says engineer Charlie Waymire

“Charlie is very enthusiastic about his work, he knows what to do right away, and make the drums sounds world class. Satisfying experience working with him and Ultimate Studios, the place to record in LA.” says guitarist Raz Azraai

 

Give yourself a treat and check out the video! For more information on Raz Azraii visit his website at www.razazraaimusic.com.

Here are a few photos from the session!

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Potluck Audio Conference & FREE eBook!

Potluck Audio Conference & FREE eBook!

The Potluck Audio Conference is an annual trade show for audio engineers; studio, live, and broadcast. It’s held at the luxurious Hilton El Conquistador Resort in Tucson, AZ. PotluckCon is small and, unlike NAMM, very laid back. But what it lacks in size it makes up for in quality. Among the attendees were Audio-Technica, PMI Audio, Universal Audio, Sweetwater, Neve, API, Royer, Mojave Audio, Empirical Labs, to name a few.

The weekend also featured many great seminars on recording, mixing, acoustics, broadcast audio, DIY room treatment, hybrid studio setups, and all kinds of other audio and studio related subjects. It was a fantastic weekend of learning from some of the best in the business in an environment that made it easy to learn. It was awesome!

Perhaps the best part of the weekend was the “Casita Gear Crawl”. There is a long row of outdoor suites that are turned into mini studios and feature hands on demonstrations, recording seminars, and more.

Charlie's Recording Setup for the Potluck Audio Conference 2014

Charlie's Recording Setup for the Potluck Audio Conference 2014

I was privileged to be asked by Audio-Technica to put on a seminar about minimal drum miking. The setup in the suite reminded me of being a kid and recording on 4-track cassette recording in my parent’s basement and friend’s houses. It was a lot different (and more challenging!) than working at the studio but I had a blast. We were able to make the room sound pretty nice by using about 16 Cylinder Traps from Aural Endeavors. Everyone at the conference was an amazing help in getting all the gear together and having extra help on hand. Luckily I had my gorgeous girlfriend on hand to help me setup too. It’s a little unnerving to put on a seminar using a rig you’ve never used!

I did a lot of experimenting before the seminar to figure out what I would do. Minimal miking isn’t a new concept but Craig Schumacher, PotluckCon’s driving force, asked me to approach it from a modern recording perspective and not from a classic point of view. That proved quite challenging but I think I came up with a few twists on the classic minimal miking techniques and put my ideas down in a handout, “The Art of Recording Drums – 4 Twists On Minimal Drum Miking”, for all the attendees. Since I think there are some pretty good ideas I thought I would share them with anyone interested in recording drums. These techniques don’t require lots of microphones or lots of gear. They will provide some pretty amazing drum tones and are great for home recording enthusiasts as well as the seasoned pros.

I’ve recorded some amazing sounding drums with these techniques and I hope they can help you do the same!

Enjoy!
Charlie Waymire

Get Your Copy of “The Art of Recording Drums – 4 Techniques On Minimal Drum Miking” FREE eBook Here!

4 Twists On Minimal Drum Miking

 

Photos from PotluckCon 2014

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Tracking w/Producer Dean Dichoso

Tracking w/Producer Dean Dichoso

Producer and Multi-Instrumentalist has been at URS recording drums and acoustic guitars for the new Sarah DeFors album. Dean is an uber talented musician and a highly sought after producer with a looong list of credits. For Sarah’s debut album Dean is truly showing that he is a jack of all trades by writing, producing, peforming, and mixing! Check out www.DeanDichoso.com to learn more about this crazy talented dude!

Here’s a little iphone video and some photos from a couple of the sessions. Enjoy!

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FullOnDrums Episode 34 – Aphex!

FullOnDrums Episode 34 – Aphex!

Episode 34 of FullOnDrums.com features a plethora of gear from a company that has been making great products for many years but isn’t quite a household name yet. That company is Aphex!

Largely known for the Aural Exciter, Big Bottom, and Compellor, Aphex also makes a host of fantastic sounding mic pres and channel strips.

 

Charlie is joined by the great Nick Adams (David Cook) on drums.

For more details about the episode visit the Aphex blog post.

Also be sure to check out and subscribe to the FullOnDrums YouTube Channel!

 

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Adrian Galysh Releases New Album!

Adrian Galysh Releases New Album!

Guitar player extraordinaire Adrian Galysh has released his new solo album “Tone Poet“.

“Tone Poet” features some fantastic players including Todd Sucherman, Philip Bynoe, Mark Boals, and Charlie Waymire. Charlie’s drum tracks were all recorded at his studio, Ultimate Rhythm Studios.

Check out Adrian explaining each track from “Tone Poet” including audio samples.

For more information about “Tone Poet” visit www.AdrianGalysh.com!

“Tone Poet” is available on iTunes

 

 

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Korn’s Ray Luzier In The Studio (w/video)

Korn’s Ray Luzier In The Studio (w/video)

On the eve of a new Korn album and world tour Ray Luzier entered Ultimate Rhythm Studios to film a new episode for FullOnDrums.com. It’s a powerhouse episode with Ray performing Love & Meth from Korn’s new album “The Paradigm Shift”.

 

 

“I’ve known Ray for a long time going back to my days as a student at Musicians Institute where he was my teacher. He’s a fantastic person and one of my favorite drummers. It was an honor and a pleasure getting to record him for this episode.” say engineer Charlie Waymire.

Check out the episode below and be sure to visit FullOnDrums.com for a full rundown of the session!

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Tips & Tricks – Basic Guitar Micing pt3 (w/video)

Tips & Tricks – Basic Guitar Micing pt3 (w/video)

“Tips & Tricks” is a new video series from Ultimate Rhythm Studios that is aimed to help you learn how to make better recordings. We’re kicking off the “Tips & Tricks” series talking about guitars!

In part 2 Charlie and Ernesto showed you how to use two microphones to get a full guitar tone and give you a lot of tonal options. In part 3 they will use condenser mics to record a full and open guitar sound.

Setup #1 is a single MXL v67i. It is placed at different angles and pointed at different spots of the cone to demonstrate the different sound option and is running through the Toft ATB24 console with no eq.

Setup #2 combines an MXL v67i with an Audio Technica AE3000 condenser. Both are running through the Toft ATB24 with no eq.

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Basic Guitar Micing pt3

 

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Tips & Tricks – Basic Guitar Micing pt2 (w/video)

Tips & Tricks – Basic Guitar Micing pt2 (w/video)

“Tips & Tricks” is a new video series from Ultimate Rhythm Studios that is aimed to help you learn how to make better recordings. We’re kicking off the “Tips & Tricks” series talking about guitars!

In part 2 Charlie and Ernesto show you how to use two microphones to get a full guitar tone and give you a lot of tonal options.

Setup #1 uses two SM57’s at different angles running through the Toft ATB24 console with no eq.

Setup #2 uses 1 SM57 and 1 Audio Technica ATM450 condenser also running through the Toft ATB24 with no eq.

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Be sure to visit the Ultimate Rhythm Studios YouTube channel and subscribe!

 

Basic Guitar Micing pt2

 

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From The Control Room w/Mike Avenaim (w/video)

From The Control Room w/Mike Avenaim (w/video)

A few days before hitting the road with Emblem3 for their fall tour, drummer Mike Avenaim stopped by the studio for a quick interview. He talks about why he likes recording his drum tracks at Ultimate Rhythm Studios, how he prepares for sessions, how he developed his sound, and tips for drummers new to the studio. Mike has some good advice about working in the studio!

Mike has done several records with engineer Charlie Waymire at Ultimate Rhythm Studios including: Jordan Millar’s “Cold Lights On Curious Minds”, heart.beats.mind debut self-titled EP, and Reese Mastin’s “Beautiful Nightmare”, to name a few.

“Mike is a fantastic drummer and is very easy to work with. He comes in the studio very prepared and has all of his sounds pretty much dialed in. All I have to do is capture his sound without missing anything. It makes for some fun sessions!” says Charlie.

Visit www.MikeAvenaim.com for more information about Mike including tour dates.

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From The Control Room w/Mike Avenaim

 

 

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