Eric Hastings - 1 mic drums

Session Drummer

3 Reviews (2 Verified)
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Spend your time MAKING MUSIC - not mixing a million different drum tracks. My speciality is getting a warm, balanced drum track that you can drop into your mix with little to no additional sweetening (EQ, compression, phase correcting, etc.) needed. Keep it simple!

I first came across a minimal micing technique when I did a session with famed producer/engineer/drummer Andy Kravitz, who has worked with the likes of Billy Joel, Gloria Estefan, etc. He had me play and slowly walked/stalked around my kit, sticking his head in different places and listening from various vantage points. After a few minutes he stuck just 2 mics on the whole kit. I was skeptical, but once I heard the results I couldn’t believe my ears. It was the best I’d ever heard my drums and playing captured up to that point. Of course it probably didn’t hurt that he was tracking to 2 inch analog tape and had some amazing preamps and mics to capture the sound, but I definitely took notice that you didn’t have to capture everything individually. He really took the approach that he was recording 1 instrument, not a collection of 8-10 individual instruments.

I've found the best success both sonically and musically is using minimal microphones on the drums. Usually this means just a stereo ribbon mic (AEA R88) running through top flight preamps and compressors (DW Fearn) into top of the line convertors (Merging ANUBIS). While I have all the usual mics/pres you'd expect from a studio drummer, and can record and deliver multiple tracks, I believe the best sounds come from using a minimalist approach to recording the full drum kit.

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  1. Review by Dick Derry

    Working with Eric was great. He did exactly what I asked, but also added a few nice touches of his own that worked well for the tune. I love his feel on the kit, and the sound he's able to get with just one mic is amazing.

  2. Review by Marcelo Quinonez
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    Eric was a great client. Clear communication, great material, amazing file prep, and super fast with revision notes. Ideal!

  3. Review by Marcelo Quinonez

    Eric is an amazing drummer and delivers extremely well produced drum tracks every time I hire him. I would highly recommend working with Eric as he is open to feedback, very communicative, and extremely capable of producing amazingly performed and recorded drum tracks! 5 stars for sure!

Brian Drye & Eric Hastings

I was the Drummer, Engineer and Producer in this production

Terms Of Service

I will deliver drumming projects within five (5) business days unless we discuss otherwise. Two revisions free of charge.

GenresSounds Like
  • Jim Keltner
  • Joe Henry
  • Dan Auerbach
Gear Highlights
  • AEA R88 stereo ribbon mic
  • C12s
  • m160
  • Beta52
  • ATM25s
  • SM7
  • 57s & 58s
  • DW Fearn VT-2 preamp
  • DW Fearn VT-7 compressor
  • Hazelrigg Industries VLC-1 preamp/EQ (2)
  • Tascam DA-3000
  • Merging ANUBIS (2)
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