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  • Writer's pictureMini Fairhurst

How to make drum covers for YouTube

Making drum cover videos for YouTube is a fun way of keeping track of your drumming progress whilst helping you to create a online portfolio.

With just a few essential items, you can create high-quality videos that capture the essence of your drumming style.

The first thing you'll need is a drum set.

It doesn't have to be anything fancy – acoustic, electric it really doesn't matter.

Make sure it has the basics, such as a bass drum, snare drum, hi-hat, and crash cymbal. If you're feeling adventurous, you can add more pieces to your kit over time.

Next up, you'll need a camera. While most smartphones have decent cameras these days, investing in a good camera with a tripod can help take your videos to the next level.

A decent microphone will also go a long way in capturing the sound of your drumming. You can use a dynamic microphone like the Shure SM57 or any USB microphone you can find to get decent sound quality.

My drum microphone setup

Snare microphone (top) - Shure SM57

Snare microphone (bottom) - Lewitt MTP 440 DM Dynamic

Tom microphones - Lewitt 340 TT Supercardioid

Overhead microphones - Lewitt LCT 140 Air

Bass drum microphone - Lewitt DTP 640 Rex

Hi-hat microphone - Lewitt LCT040 Matched

Another good option is the Yamaha EAD10 which is an easy, relatively cost effective way of recording your drums. It's a unique product that combines a sensor unit with a stereo microphone to capture the sound of your acoustic drums and add studio-quality effects and sounds to your playing.

Soundproofing materials such as foam panels or blankets are also a good shout to reduce unwanted echoes and reverberations in your recordings.

Once you have all the equipment, it's time to start recording. Remember, your personality and style are what makes your videos unique, so let your creativity shine, and don't be afraid to let yourself go.

The more fun it looks like you're having, the more fun we'll have watching it. Experiment with different camera angles and effects to create a visually stunning video.

Once you're happy with your footage, you can start editing it using free video editing software like iMovie or DaVinci Resolve. Add some cool visual effects or overlays to make your video stand out.

Then you're ready to post to YouTube!

Don't forget to make an eye catching thumbnail and include a catchy title with your video to help it get discovered by others.

In conclusion, creating drum cover videos for YouTube is an excellent way to showcase your musical talents and creativity to the world.

With just a few essential items and a little creativity, you can create high-quality videos that will impress your friends, family, and the entire YouTube community.

So what are you waiting for?

Go grab your drumsticks, set up your camera, and get drumming!

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