Pat Mastelotto’s Drums, Microphones and Studio Setup

Might be a little long overdue posting this, but here are some snapshots showing Pat Mastelotto’s drum kit setup, microphone placements and studio he had while tracking for my 2nd album back in 2013. Sorry about the blurriness – I believe Pat took these with his camera phone at the time.

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Microphones used

There were 2 overheads, 2 kicks (in and out), snare (top and bottom), hi-hat, toms, single room mic. The ride might have been mic-ed as well, but I do not remember exactly. The overheads were Earthworks (although I’m not sure what the model was).

Preamps

I believe he was using an API preamp

Which mics I used and which ones I did not

During mixing, I didn’t use the snare bottoms, kick (out), hi-hats. Things sounded much more focused and better that way. So it was mainly the overheads, kick, snare and the room. The toms were not played much, but I would un-mute those microphones whenever they were played. Every thing sounded excellent when they came in, and I all needed to do was enhance what I had with some processing.

Third Album Update

Tobias Ralph (Adrian Belew Power Trio), Live at The Casbah in San Diego, 2014

I have been working hard since Halloween 2014 on what will soon be my 3rd solo album. I have Tobias Ralph (from Crimson Projekct/ Adrian Belew Power Trio) playing drums for me on this record – just can’t wait to get this out the door and share with all of you (i.e., all 5 of you in the entire world 😉 ). My mixes are now done, and mastering date is set for next week in at Veneto West in Los Angeles. Ronan will be mastering the record for me again this time around.

This will again be an instrumental record, consisting of 9 tunes in total.