Reverb Video: How to get the Tame Impala drum sound

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Kevin Parker’s Tame Impala drum recording technique has been celebrated by pro audio nerds and novices alike.

In the video below Jessica Burdeaux (J Burd’s Beats) joins Reverb Matt Jordan in the studio to learn how to capture those Parker-style sounds and “slam the dickens” out of your mix.

Tame Impala’s sonic leader, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Kevin Parker brings an exacting and meticulous approach to recording. Not only has this led to three great Tame Impala albums (and counting), but it’s also made him a go-to collaborator for the world’s leading producers and artists. Kanye West, Travis Scott, Rihanna, Tyler The Creator, and many other pop and hip-hop figures have either worked directly with Parker, sampled his music, or, in Rihanna’s case, outright covered a Tame Impala song.

The foundation of Tame Impala’s sound rests on Parker’s thick drum tracks—at times distorted, at times awash, but almost always central to the mix—as heard on albums like Innerspeaker and Lonerism. Today, Reverb’s Jessica Burdeaux and Matt Jordan are here to show you how to get this sound yourself.

Check out the full article for more details on the drum kits used, tuning and muffling techniques, microphones and mic placement, and EQ & compression.

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