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Record great sounding drums with 1, 3, 5 & 13 mic setups

with Nikolaj Bjerre

The drummer and producer behind top tracks from  Lamb, Ian Siegal and Ella Eyre opens the door to his studio and his drum-recording secrets.

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  • PDF downloads with detailed mic descriptions and setup
  • WAV files with recorded samples
  • On-demand lifetime access to all lessons
  • Available on desktop, mobile and tablet
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Course Length
20 lessons · 2h 11m

From producing music for the BBC to headlining Glastonbury, Nik is an accomplished recording engineer and drummer across all music styles.

In this course, he'll walk you through his four favorite techniques for recording at home or in the studio with:

  • a simple 1 microphone setup, a great way to lay down a demo very fast
  • a 3 microphone setup, adding the kick-drum and snare in the mix
  • a 5 microphone setup, also known as the Glyn Johns' recording method
  • and an "ultimate" close-mic setup with 13 microphones

Basically he'll show you how he works on a daily basis and what he does during a recording session. For each setup, Nik will walk you through the types of microphones he uses and explain how to place them to get the best sound.

Because you'll be looking at such a wide range of techniques for recording drums, this course can be applied to recording at home in a very simple setup or you can use the more advanced techniques in the recording studio.

If you've never recording drums before this course will get you on the fast track to producing some great sounding drums in no time!

Lesson Plan

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How to record drums with a 3-microphone setup

How to record drums using Glyn Johns' method (5 microphones)

How to close-mic a drum kit, recording with a 13 microphone setup

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Nikolaj Bjerre

Nikolaj Bjerre is a danish drummer and producer based in Tileyard Studios in London who's worked with many major artists and bands including Lamb, the Ian Siegal band, Ella Eyre, Andrea Corrs, Younger Brother, Heather Nova and Z-Star.

From producing music for the BBC to headlining Glastonbury, Nik is an accomplished musician and drummer whose skills include production, programming and writing. He is featured on major labels and independent releases. Nikolaj is renowned for embracing all styles: from organic and rootsy to cutting-edge electronic.

Nik is proud to be endorsed by Sabian cymbals, Hardcase and Protection Racket.

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