I can’t believe its almost 2019 and the need to mic, track, and mix an acoustic drum set is almost non-existent. I can’t believe how sample driven pop music is right now! I really really hope people start recording drum sets again because many of us have a shit ton of effort invested into learning what do with them in a mix.
To keep up with the trends, I started building relationships with guys that know the ins-and-outs of midi drumming and sample-to-grid drum programming. I’ve shifted nearly all of my outsourcing from guys with a modest home studio drum setup to guys with e-kits galore. I’m pretty comfortable with the workflow now, but Jeez!! What about those years and years some of us spent learning this craft. Man. Its like samples samples samples samples samples x50. Some producers can still argue that the feel of a live drum set and the human player can never be replaced by a quantization algorithm that mimics human performance. From where I sit, the consumer says ‘I just don’t care’.
The only TRULY live music recording I know of making ANY money whatsoever is film. And I think thats only because technology hasn’t figured out how to rid those pesky human musicians of their jobs yet (hint of sarcasm).
Does anyone else find themselves hoping that some day drums will become popular again in music?