The toms suffer from the room I’m afraid. These tracks were recorded in my basement. The area works ok for near fields but as a recording environment it’s not great. Carpeted floor, fairly low ceiling…not particularly live I’m afraid.
In hindsight I wish I had done 3 things differently…
Should have pushed the drummer to put new heads on his kit.
Should have pushed him to hit the cymbals with some brasso to brighten them up a bit.
Should have picked up a few sheets of plywood to put on the floor to get a little more of a reflective environment.
This, however, was much of the point of working with these guys, to get some experience out of it.
There are a few free-bie drum replacement plug’s out there. I’ve thought about using this track as an excuse to play with a few of them and try replacing the live toms with some better sounding samples.
I do like the tune though and, overall, I’m happy with it.
BTW, that “micro-break” on the vocalist’s high note at the end…almost got “fixed”.