Overview

Ask any recording engineer or producer who regularly records drums, or any professional drummer who does a lot of recording sessions, and they will invariably tell you that getting a great drum sound in the studio is extremely challenging and time consuming. One of the biggest reasons for this is that drum sets are made up of many components which produce very different sounds, each one being effectively an individual sound source. They are loud, they are relatively close together and they must all be recorded at the same time. In order to effectively record all of these disparate elements, multiple microphones are typically used. Due to the high signal level and close proximity of the sources, significant amounts of sound from one element of the kit will bleed into microphones placed on another element of the kit. Hi-hats bleed into the snare drum microphone(s), the snare drum bleeds into the tom microphones, etc. Recording engineers will spend hours making subtle changes to microphone placement to try and reduce the amount of bleed across the drum tracks while still capturing the sound of each drum. They obviously want the drum kit to sound as good as possible, but they also want to be able to separately control the timbre and level of the individual elements of each part of the kit when mixing.


The magic of drumatom is its ability to reduce cross track bleed after the recording is completed, allowing the recording engineer to concentrate on getting a high quality result without making sonic tradeoffs to reduce bleed across microphones. This makes for a faster sessionand lets the musicians concentrate on getting a good performance. In the mix stage, the engineer can reduce the microphone bleed as needed. If the snare that sounded so good in the recording session is now getting lost in a sea of guitar overdubs, reducing the bleed from other tracks will untie your hands. You can EQ and compress the snare to pull it forward without applying that processing to other elements of the kit. In addition to improving the workflow of a drum recording session, drumatom is a godsend for mixing engineers who are all too often called upon to deal with drum tracks which not only have a lot of cross track bleeding, but don’t sound all that great to begin with. By using drumatom to isolate the individual elements of the kit, the mix engineer can implement far more radical changes that wouldn't be possible without it.


Who needs Drumatom?

RECORDING STUDIOS Improve the sound of your drum recordings making the most out of your drumsets, mics and hardware/software tools.
ENGINEERS Add character and create headroom for your drum mix by adjusting microphone leakage to your musical taste.
PRODUCERS Build your own drum signature and stand out from the crowd of excessive drum library usage.
HOME STUDIOS Correct sound inconsistencies that might get into your drum recordings due to less than ideal acoustics.
SESSION DRUMMERS Quickly achieve professional results and create your .dls file for easy file-transferring.
How does it work? Drumatom is based on the patent pending A^3 (Advanced Audio Analysis) technology, the outcome of many years of R&D at Accusonus. The origins of A^3 technology can be broadly placed in the Blind Source Separation (BSS) family of techniques, using notions of artificial intelligence. However, A^3 is far more than that. Advanced principles of acoustics, signal processing, psychoacoustics and music theory are combined into an innovative unified framework. Stay tuned: we plan to implement our A^3 technology into a greater family of novel audio tools that will revolutionize your workflow.