If you’ve ever said (or heard) any of these phrases, I have something to tell you about.
- One drummer hits too hard, one too soft
- Our drums sound terrible, dead, too loud, or like they are not part of the mix
- Our sound people don't know what to do with the drums
- The drums drown out the vocals
- If we balance the sound with the drums, everything is too loud.
- Our drummer has been begging to lose the electronic drums in favor for "real" drums. How can we do that and can our room handle it?
- We have 3 different drummers - jazz, rock, heavy metal - and every Sunday the drums are different in the mix.
- Nobody claps
- People walk out because it's too loud
- I don't like the way the tech mixes my drums
- We can't agree on how loud the mix should be
- I am afraid of drums
What am I talking about? Well, this coming February we’re offering a one-of-a-kind clinic for drummers, sound techs, worship leaders, and pastors.
The clinic is a deep dive into the relationship between drums and sound and how we can maximize their effectiveness in the context of contemporary worship.
We will look specifically at fixing problems:
- At the source through drum and cymbal selection, drum heads and tuning and dampening, sticks, brushes and beyond
- Room Acoustics
- Microphone selection and positioning
- Processing and soundboard approach
If this sounds as amazing to you as it does to me, make sure to listen to this week’s podcast. Tony Guyer and I speak at length about this event so you can get a feel for what you can learn. (and to be honest, this week's podcast is the real teaching for this Fertilizer)
Even if you don't mic your drums, you'll benefit because you'll learn how to have the best approach to playing - this will apply in any environment.
The audio teacher is Ad Lib Audio Coach Tony Guyer. Not only is Tony great at what he does as an engineer, but his love of music is infectious and his commitment to unity from the front to the back shifts cultures.
The drum teacher is Gabriel Staznik. Gabe is an active freelance percussionist, educator and arranger residing in the Washington, D.C. area. He is currently the drummer in Max Impact, the premier rock band of the United States Air Force. Gabe was the house drummer/percussionist in over 1,300 performances at the American Music Theatre in Lancaster, PA and has performed and recorded with Grammy, Emmy, and Tony award-winning artists.
We’re excited that this event is a partnership that’s sponsored by Ad Lib Music, The Worship Link, Mission Church, Remo, Heartbeat Percussion, and Vic Firth.
ps. Tickets are $39 in advance and $49 at the door. But if a drummer and sound tech bring their senior pastor, the pastor's entrance is FREE! Or Bring Your Whole Team for only $150!
pps. If you already want to register, you can do it here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/drums-and-sound-clinic-tickets-86608740073