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    Default Recording Drums on a Tiny Budget

    Any recording buffs on here? I have a friend who's looking to record some videos of his playing to upload to YouTube. He can only afford to spend the bare minimum. I've seen sets of drum mic's on Craigslist for $150, $200, etc, and I've seen basic used pre-amps for $350, but I'm not knowledgeable about recording. I know nothing about DAW's, the pro's and con's of various mic's, etc.

    What's the minimum that a beginner could use record a set of drums in a practice space, for the purpose of posting "drum covers" on YouTube?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan_Cox View Post
    Any recording buffs on here? I have a friend who's looking to record some videos of his playing to upload to YouTube. He can only afford to spend the bare minimum. I've seen sets of drum mic's on Craigslist for $150, $200, etc, and I've seen basic used pre-amps for $350, but I'm not knowledgeable about recording. I know nothing about DAW's, the pro's and con's of various mic's, etc.

    What's the minimum that a beginner could use record a set of drums in a practice space, for the purpose of posting "drum covers" on YouTube?

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    Hello Ryan,
    To get started with YouTube covers you really only need a small, simple setup. More importantly though, you need to be able to perform the songs well. So make sure you’ve rehearsed and comfortable with playing to the tracks.

    The cost begins to pick up depending on the quality you’re looking for. When I stated uploading to YouTube, all I had was a Zoom Q3 (similar to what j kuhl suggested above) and Windows Movie Maker for Windows XP (this was a while ago). I would playback the song through my headphones and play along - capturing the video/live audio in the camera. Once I got my best performance of the song, then I’d import the song and live video/audio into Movie Maker and try to match everything up as best I could. The editing part was tricky, and took a bit of learning, but that’s all I needed to get started.

    You could take the same approach here. For the sake of recording both good quality audio and video of the performance, I’d suggest the ZOOM Q2n and an SD card with at least 8GB (I recommend 8GB so you can multiple takes without worrying about running out of space immediately.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MTJ20QY..._bd5RDbPRA7SYQ

    Then, use whatever free video software is on your computer, or get something free online. Depending on your computer, I’d strongly suggest ShotCut or DaVinci Resolve, but you’d do fine with iMovie just the same if it’s available to you. I have an older model Mac mini (2014) and DaVinci Resolve 16 works great! My favorite part of that program is that it will sync audio/video, so you shouldn’t have to do it manually. It’s a little slower if my system ‘cause of my hardware, but on a newer system it should work wonders.

    https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/pro...SAAEgIKUfD_BwE

    https://shotcut.org/

    From there, import your files and tinker around. Use YouTube to your advantage before you upload to learn how to use your video editing software well.

    If you want to get more involved in recording later on - or right off the bat, or wish to improve the sound of your live video/audio on the Zoom Q2n, then you’ll want to control the sound of your room (moving blankets are a great and inexpensive resource) and maybe get a small pack of drum mics and an interface with at least 4-channels. Plug that into a compatible DAW, learn how to use it, and you’re ready to roll. Here’s some more info/suggestions...

    https://producelikeapro.com/blog/fre...vailable-2018/
    https://producelikeapro.com/blog/top...io-interfaces/
    https://youtu.be/YE-BYOOdH1M

    Hope this helps! Feel free to get in touch if you have any more questions.

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