Acclaimed singer/songwriter/producer/drummer Rich Pagano is proud to confirm the details of his upcoming six-part, hands-on NYU course, The Art of Recording Classic Drums. All details here:
Drum sounds have the potential to exhibit as much personality on a recording as a vocalist or soloist. However, a great drum sound can be difficult to obtain. Through this course, the creative student will learn the techniques necessary to expand their acoustic drum-sound "library". This hands-on studio course covers techniques of instrument and drum head selection, tuning, and recording the "classic" drum sounds typified by Ringo Starr, Charlie Watts, Phil Spector's Wall of Sound (drummer, Hal Blaine), Rudy van Gelder's jazz sound of the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, Motown, John Bonham and 'The 70's' sound.
The class incorporates tangible fact, sonic archaeology, and intuitive hypothesis in the process of unearthing how legendary producers and engineers from the ‘50s through the ‘80s realized the percussive sounds that would become the foundation upon which pop music has been built.
Pagano comments: "for the last year, I have been talking to young engineers that have recently graduated from an audio engineering course of some kind about what they wished they had more knowledge of prior to graduating. Most admitted that they had hoped to learn more about the golden age of recording drums (late 50s through early 70s) and it's classic techniques. My goal is to take this hands on class to audio schools and universities across the country."
The workshop will be complemented with extensive historical documentation including personal interviews with engineering legends Geoff Emerick (The Beatles), Elliot Scheiner (Steely Dan), and Chris Huston (early The Who/Led Zeppelin), along with session set-up sheets and photos from the above other greats like Glynn Johns.
Each week, a classic and influential drum sound will be realized through a method of looking at session photos, listening to master source audio and alternate final mixes, studying session notes and interviews with the engineers. The classes will cover the importance of drum tuning, theory of microphone placement, room size, sound floor make up, compression and effects (reverberation and delay).
Additionally, specific focus will be given to the work of Geoff Emerick (The Beatles), Glyn Johns (The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and The Who), Rudy Van Gelder (Miles Davis/the ‘Blue Note Records' sound), Gus Dudgeon/David Henschel (early Elton John) and neo-classic engineers like Henry Hirsch (Lenny Kravitz).