The Recording Studio - Miloco The Square Studio. London, UK
Miloco’s The Square is based in Hoxton Square in London. This studio was the first of Miloco’s studios and has been responsible for delivering many hit records over the years. This kit was recorded and mixed here. The live room delivers a good tight drum sound and consists of a wooden floor and fabric panelled walls and ceilings.
The control room is based around an SSL G-Series console but there is plenty of outboard. The mic pre’s consist of API, GML, Calrecs, Telefunkens and Neve’s. The room has a great collection of microphones and recording is usually done on the Protools HDX rig but there is also a 16 Track Otari MTR90 MkII 2” analogue tape machine running at 15 ips to add some extra warmth and bottom end to the recordings.
Recently The Square has been used by acts such as The Vaccines, Hurts, Plan B, Paulo Nutini, Lana Del Ray and Tom Odell.
The Recording Equipment
This kit was mic'd up with multiple close mics. For mic pre's we used a combination of the SSL G-Series and a number of external pre's including Calrec 1061's, Valve Telefunken V76, a Neve 1066 and Neve Prisms. Like all the Drumdrops sampled kits we recorded straight to Pro Tools to keep the noise floor down on those quiet hits.
After recording Guy Massey mixed the samples through the SSL G-Series Console at The Square.
Kick Microphone – AKG D12
Introduced in 1953, the AKG D12 was the world’s first dynamic cardioid mic with an ‘unidirectional’ design intended to reduce the pick up of extraneous sound and feedback. It was based on new developments in microphone technology at the time, which eliminated much of the shrillness characteristic in earlier microphones and extended the frequency response deeper into the bass range. It is a well known favourite for recording kick drums.
Kick Sub - Yamaha NS10 Cone
The Yamaha NS10 speaker cone was used to capture the extra low frequencies of the drum. A dynamic microphone and a speaker are essentially the same thing. They take acoustical energy and convert it into electrical energy or vice versa.
Snare (Top & Bottom) - Shure SM57
The legendary SM57 is an industry-standard cardioid dynamic microphone and is probably one of the most versatile microphones in a studios sonic arsenal. These microphones are commonly used for recording vocals, guitars and snare drums.
Hi Hat – AKG 414
The AKG 414 is a studio standard and one of the best-known reference condenser microphones for recording use. Probably the most popular of AKG’s condenser microphones, it was first introduced in 1971 as the “C 414 comb”
Rack Tom - Sennheiser MD421
The Sennheiser 421 is a large diaphragm dynamic microphone that came out originally in the early 60s and quickly became known as a really good sounding robust mic that could handle high spls. It has established itself as a microphone that is great for toms and bass instruments.
Floor Tom – Electrovoice RE20
The electro-voice RE20 is a cardioid moving-coil dynamic microphone with LF rolloff and EV’s patented “variable d” design which minimizes proximity effect. Its a real “all around” workhorse microphone and instruments benefit from its smooth sound and flat frequency response.
Overheads – Coles 4038 Ribbon Microphones
The 4038 is a classic Studio Ribbon Microphone designed by the BBC and originally manufactured by STC. Coles, the outsourced manufacturer, bought the rights to the STC microphone line in 1974. It is one of the world’s best-known ribbon microphones.
Room Microphone - Neumann U87's
The Neumann U87 is probably the best known and most widely used studio condenser microphone. Originally released in 1967 as the solid state version of the valve U67, the Neumann U87 large dual-diaphragm condenser microphone has been the industry standard studio condenser.
The Spec Breakdown
Position Microphone Mic Pre / Outboard Kick Microphone AKG D12 Telefunken V76 Valve Mic Pre Sub Kick Yamaha NS10 Cone SSL G-Series Mic Pre Snare Top Shure SM57 Neve 1066 Mic Pre Snare Bottom Shure SM57 SSL G-Series Mic Pre Hi Hat AKG 414 SSL G-Series Mic Pre Rack Toms Sennheiser MD421's Neve Prism Mic Pre's Floor Tom Electrovoice RE20 Neve Prism Mic Pre Overheads Coles 4038 Ribbon Mics Telefunken V76 Valve Mic Pre's Room Mics Neumann U87's SSL G-Series Mic Pre's