Vinnie Paul Playing Drums In A Room

Brandon Drury —  November 3, 2007

It’s often confusing for metal drummers when it comes to home recording. The sound of metal drums are a tad different than there more natural counterparts. Metal drummers usually require lots of attack and an “over the top” sort of tone to their drums. How much of that is done naturally on the kit? How much is done at mixing time?

Well, to be sure, there are definitely times when mixing tricks are employed to augment the sound of great sounding natural drums. With that said, you can only do so much during mixing. Trickery will only get you so far.

Watching the end of the video of Vinnie Paul playing drums in a room.

You’ll notice:

  • It’s a really crappy recording done with a cheap video camera
  • The drums don’t sound anything like Far Beyond Driven, which implies that they didn’t record Far Beyond Driven with a video camera!
  • The kick drum does NOT sound boomy.
  • The cymbals are in their place. The kick and snare are the dominant tone.

The big thing to pay attention to is the kick drum, which is so important for metal music. You’ll notice that the kick drum never sounds “woofy” or excessively boomy. The kick drum is fast and tight with lots of attack.

This wasn’t intended to be a huge article. I just ran across this video at and I thought I would highlight a little lesson.


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Brandon Drury quit counting at 1,200 recorded songs in his busy home recording studio. He is the creator of and is the author of the Killer Home Recording series.

One response to Vinnie Paul Playing Drums In A Room

  1. Vinnie Paul tapes coins to his bassdrum heads to make that tight “click” sound. He records the sounds in studio and samples em via triggers when playing live.