If you happened to have read the previous weekend’s NY Times Magazine highlighting “25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music Is Going,” you may have encountered a short article about drummer Matt Chamberlain. You can find out more about what he’s done and who he’s played for here, and then you might be interested to know how you, too, can (attempt to) get such a sound for your recordings.
If you are not a drummer or can’t entice a good one to play for you, then you may want to use the many loops Chamberlain has made available. Alternately, should you have that drummer at hand who can play in the pocket, a quick search will reveal a series of videos featuring Matt playing for esteemed engineer/producer Bob Clearmountain as a showcase of cleanly executed recording techniques.
Taking the simplest approach, here is the two-mic technique for those of us on a limited budget and, if you’re lucky, a really stellar drummer at the kit. 😉