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I’ve been experimenting with mic’ing techniques for recording my drums. I really like the results from my 4 mic setup. 
Mic #1: AKG D112 mounted inside the kick drum.
Mic #2: Blue Encore 100 over snare drum.
Mic #3: Audio Technica AT3035 overhead left (hi-hat side).
Mic #4: Blue Encore 300 overhead right (floor tom side).
The mic’s are connected to a Steinberg UR44 where I apply a small amount of EQ and compression using the Yamaha morphing channel strip onboard DSP. From there it goes into Logic Pro X where I further tweak EQ and compression as needed.
The result is a very natural drum sound. Great tone! In my case the cymbals are a little loud because I play such large cymbals, but since that’s part of my sound it works out fine. Once mixed in with other instrument tracks it all blends very nicely.
Overall very happy with my little recording setup, especially the Steinberg UR44. Of course, it helps that my kit sounds amazing anyway. I love these Tama Starclassic BB shells and Sabian AAX cymbals.
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I’ve been experimenting with mic’ing techniques for recording my drums. I really like the results from my 4 mic setup. 

Mic #1: AKG D112 mounted inside the kick drum.

Mic #2: Blue Encore 100 over snare drum.

Mic #3: Audio Technica AT3035 overhead left (hi-hat side).

Mic #4: Blue Encore 300 overhead right (floor tom side).

The mic’s are connected to a Steinberg UR44 where I apply a small amount of EQ and compression using the Yamaha morphing channel strip onboard DSP. From there it goes into Logic Pro X where I further tweak EQ and compression as needed.

The result is a very natural drum sound. Great tone! In my case the cymbals are a little loud because I play such large cymbals, but since that’s part of my sound it works out fine. Once mixed in with other instrument tracks it all blends very nicely.

Overall very happy with my little recording setup, especially the Steinberg UR44. Of course, it helps that my kit sounds amazing anyway. I love these Tama Starclassic BB shells and Sabian AAX cymbals.

I hate “edited” or “clean” versions of rock albums. Rock and roll isn’t supposed to be edited or cleaned up. Rock and roll is supposed to be about raising your middle finger to the system. It’s about sex, and not the under the covers in the dark with your jammies on kind of sex. It’s about sex in elevators, public restrooms, on pool tables, and all the other places where you aren’t supposed to have sex. Censoring rock lyrics is like hanging posters of grafitti instead of using spray paint, or putting a pillow in your lap during a lap dance. It’s not supposed to be politically correct. It’s not supposed to be mild. I’m not against rock lyricists that write music that is radio or family friendly, it’s their choice, but when a singer has something to say that you don’t want to hear you have the choice to not listen. Music censorship is just wrong.

Sometimes Amazon.com can be really… well, stupid. I ordered two mic clips from them recently and was surprised when I received two mic clips that did not look like what I had ordered. The product number was correct, but the item looked different than what was pictured on their site. The top photo is what Amazon shows for the mic clip, but bottom photo is what arrived. 
Here is where it gets really messed up. I requested a return. They would not allow a refund, only a replacement. I told them in the return request message that the product number was the same but the product itself was not. They overnighted a new pair of mic clips. They were exactly the same as the first pair and not at all like the one in their photo. They didn’t read the message, obviously.
Fortunately for me I decided that I like the one they sent me better than the one I had, which looks like the one in their photo, so I simply returned one pair and kept the other. All’s well that ends well, as they say. It’s just odd that they don’t pay attention to the product photo to make sure it’s what they are selling.
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Sometimes Amazon.com can be really… well, stupid. I ordered two mic clips from them recently and was surprised when I received two mic clips that did not look like what I had ordered. The product number was correct, but the item looked different than what was pictured on their site. The top photo is what Amazon shows for the mic clip, but bottom photo is what arrived. 

Here is where it gets really messed up. I requested a return. They would not allow a refund, only a replacement. I told them in the return request message that the product number was the same but the product itself was not. They overnighted a new pair of mic clips. They were exactly the same as the first pair and not at all like the one in their photo. They didn’t read the message, obviously.

Fortunately for me I decided that I like the one they sent me better than the one I had, which looks like the one in their photo, so I simply returned one pair and kept the other. All’s well that ends well, as they say. It’s just odd that they don’t pay attention to the product photo to make sure it’s what they are selling.

I ordered a Nady Audio SSM-3 shock mount for my Audio-Technica AT3035. As you can see it is not exactly a perfect fit. In fact, when I first looked at it I thought there was no way this microphone was going to fit inside the inner collar. However, with a little work I was able to get it in. I would not want to go through this process repeatedly so I think I shall leave it in the mount permanently.

I have been laid up the last few days and Steinberg has been ignoring my requests for a refund on this UR44 so I decided to plug it in and give it a proper chance. Kind of glad I did.
It does, indeed, have many of the shortcomings that I mentioned in my last post, but I did find that is functions quite well in other areas.
Pros:
Solid. The top is not tacked down and sounds like a cowbell when tapped, making it a true musical device indeed. Otherwise it is a tank.
4 mic pres, and good ones at that. The Darlington design makes for a very clean signal. Not as much color or character as others, especially tube pres, but clean and very usable. Great for drummers looking for a portable interface, like myself.
MixFx software is easy to use and the DSP effects are very peasant, although that leads to one of the cons listed below.
Plenty of ins and outs, including 2 headphones outs.
USB is easy to use and hot swappable as opposed to firewire.
Cons:
Plugin versions of DSP effects are not compatible with Logic, or any other DAW not using VST3. Adding this compatibility is so easy as to make it condemnable to not offer it.
Line outs 1-4, monitor mains, and the headphone outs all share only 2 busses, meaning that with all those outputs you only get 2 separate mixes. I also can’t find a way to send any of the inputs directly to one of the outputs, which I can do with my Saffire interface.
Conclusion:
The UR44 is growing on me and in spite of it’s shortcomings I find that I like it and will put it to good use. It is not nearly as good as more expensive interfaces, but in it’s price range it is strong competition. 
Update: I have changed some of this review because I found solutions to some issues I was having, including one or two that were my own fault. I still contend that in this price range there isn’t such thing as a perfect device for everyone, but this one comes really close for my needs. I have also changed my mind about Steinberg’s customer service. They have proven to be top notch and have earned my respect.
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iPhone 5s
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f/2.2
Exposure
1/15th
Focal Length
4mm

I have been laid up the last few days and Steinberg has been ignoring my requests for a refund on this UR44 so I decided to plug it in and give it a proper chance. Kind of glad I did.

It does, indeed, have many of the shortcomings that I mentioned in my last post, but I did find that is functions quite well in other areas.

Pros:

  • Solid. The top is not tacked down and sounds like a cowbell when tapped, making it a true musical device indeed. Otherwise it is a tank.
  • 4 mic pres, and good ones at that. The Darlington design makes for a very clean signal. Not as much color or character as others, especially tube pres, but clean and very usable. Great for drummers looking for a portable interface, like myself.
  • MixFx software is easy to use and the DSP effects are very peasant, although that leads to one of the cons listed below.
  • Plenty of ins and outs, including 2 headphones outs.
  • USB is easy to use and hot swappable as opposed to firewire.

Cons:

  • Plugin versions of DSP effects are not compatible with Logic, or any other DAW not using VST3. Adding this compatibility is so easy as to make it condemnable to not offer it.
  • Line outs 1-4, monitor mains, and the headphone outs all share only 2 busses, meaning that with all those outputs you only get 2 separate mixes. I also can’t find a way to send any of the inputs directly to one of the outputs, which I can do with my Saffire interface.

Conclusion:

The UR44 is growing on me and in spite of it’s shortcomings I find that I like it and will put it to good use. It is not nearly as good as more expensive interfaces, but in it’s price range it is strong competition. 

Update: I have changed some of this review because I found solutions to some issues I was having, including one or two that were my own fault. I still contend that in this price range there isn’t such thing as a perfect device for everyone, but this one comes really close for my needs. I have also changed my mind about Steinberg’s customer service. They have proven to be top notch and have earned my respect.

I have been writing and recording demos in Logic Pro X for the past couple weeks, thanks to Santa, but have had an issue recording with my Blue Yeti USB microphone. Fortunately somebody found a way to get it working again. Here is a link to the solution just in case you are having similar issues. It seems to work for all USB audio recording devices.

https://discussions.apple.com/message/24384832#24384832

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