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Recording Ninja Workshops at Ultimate Studios, Inc

Next Live Streaming Workshop: Wednesday April 26, 2017 from 6-6:30pm
Topic: Tracking Live In Your Home Studios PT1
Where: www.Youtube.com/UltimateStudiosInc



The Recording Ninja Workshop Live Broadcasts is a community of recording enthusiasts.

Broadcast live from the Ultimate Studios, Inc YouTube Channel every Wednesday it’s a great opportunity for you to have your recording questions answered!


The Recording Ninja Workshop is for engineers, drummers, guitarists, bassists, or any other recording enthusiast of all levels, and of course, ninjas. Our goal is to teach you how to get the BEST sounding drums and the BEST tones for your recordings no matter what your situation is.

We’ll cover easy-to-use techniques for tuning, microphone types, compression, eq, drums, guitar, bass, mixing and how they can be used to make better recordings, and minimal micing setups so you can get GREAT tones with just a few microphones.


“Recording and making music is my passion. I want to share that passion with you and help you and help everyone make better recordings.” Producer/Engineer Charlie Waymire.


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Engineer Charlie Waymire with Chad Smith and Kevin Chown at Ultimate Studios, Inc

Engineer Charlie Waymire with Chad Smith & Kevin Chown

Host – Charlie Waymire

Besides being an accomplished drummer himself, engineer Charlie Waymire is extremely adept at working with drummers to get the best possible performance and in turn, the best possible drum recordings. This is one of the many reasons that Ultimate Studios, Inc has become a home for drummers to record their drum tracks. Charlie is the tone master when it comes to drums!

Some drummers that Charlie has recorded at Ultimate Studios, Inc. include:

Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Ray Luzier (Korn), Josh Freese (Perfect Circle), Benny Rogers II (Mariah Carey), J.R. Robinson (Michael Jackson), Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper), Mike Avenaim (Scott Weiland), Jeff Bowders (Paul Gilbert), Greg Garman (Selena Gomez), and Nick Adams (David Cook), among several others.

He is also the host and co-creator of FullOnDrums.com; a show dedicated to the art of recording drums.




Featured Education Content: Master Overheads MasterClass

The Art of Recording Drums Vol. 1 by engineer/producer Charlie Waymire

The Art of Recording Drums Vol. 1

This is a step by step guide to recording great sounding drums.

Packed full of useful tips and setups that will work in any size studio, regardless of how many microphones you have!

Detailed descriptions of 16 setups including video demonstrations!

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I want to hear from you!

My goal for the Recording Ninja Workshops is to help all of you make better recordings. Drums, bass, guitar, mixing tips, what gear to purchase, or whatever else you want to know. My crew and I are always looking for new topics to cover so I want to hear from you.

What do you want to know?

Fill in the form below and let me know. We’ll do our best to cover as much as possible!


Great Gear Under $400 PT1: Mics & Drums

    The size of the price tag is not necessarily the way to judge how good a piece of gear will sound. Or if it will do what you actually need it to do. I pick gear with only 1 thing in mind….. ‘Will this piece of gear do the job I need it


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Make Your Kick Drum Thump!

    It’s time to talk about your bottom….bottom end that is! The kick and snare sound you record can really define your overall drum sound and getting it right is super important. Not just recording the kick but actually getting a sound that works for the song. To do that we need to have


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Recording Overheads PT3: X/Y

Up to this point we’ve talked a lot about recording with a mono overhead. In PT3 I want to step into the early 1930’s with a stereo pair of overheads! (here’s a cool link about Alan Blumlein. The man that invented stereo) I’m starting out with a very popular coincident micing technique called X/Y. X/Y


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Recording Overheads PT2: Different Mic Types

In PT1 of Recording Overheads I talked about using a single, mono, mic to record a great overhead sound. In PT2 I want to demonstrate how you can use different mic types to capture just the sound your music needs. I picked 3 mics; a large diaphragm condenser (AT4047), small diaphragm condenser (AKG451b), and a


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Recording Overheads PT1: Mono

If you’ve followed my recording videos then you know I’m a HUGE proponent of using overhead mics to capture the majority (or at least a large part) of your drum sound. I talk about it all the time…..and now I’m going to talk about it more! 🙂 Over the next couple of weeks I will


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Recording the Perfect Track w/Tim Pedersen

    A couple of weeks ago I had the honor of Tim Pedersen joining me on the Recording Ninja Workshop Live Broadcast. Tim has been one of my musical mentors since I moved to LA. Recently I had the opportunity to work with him on mixing and a little re-recording on an EP for


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Want to learn how to build the drum sound you’ve always wanted?


Of course you do!


In the 4 part, “Building A Drum Sound”, series Charlie will teach you exactly how to capture the drum sound you’ve always wanted. You’ll learn simple yet effective techniques that you can use on your very next session!

Start with 2 microphones and building up to 8. The techniques covered in “Building A Drum Sound” can be used in any studio, big or small! They’ll even work in your bedroom!





4 Twists On Minimal Drum Miking

FREE Drum Miking eBook!

Recording drums doesn’t have to be a mystery. It also doesn’t require lots and lots of microphones to capture a full, punchy sound worthy of any modern recording. With this eBook you’ll learn 4 different minimal miking techniques that will teach you how to get great sounds with minimal microphones and gear.

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In Session w/Dankrupt


The good vibes and killer grooves of Dankrupt once again invaded the studio. Joined by drummer RJ Shankle and Producer Sean Gould, the band recorded drums for their upcoming EP.

Even though we were only tracking drums the whole band played together in the live room. This is such a wonderful way to make music. Giving RJ maximum vibe for his performance!

Dankrupt is a GREAT band! They is pure joy every time they play. Here is a short video from that day in the studio.




9 Responses

  1. Daniel

    Just missed your guy’s previous workshop. When’s the next one?

  2. Roberto Siggia

    Hello I’m Roberto, you’re great!!! I woul’d like to know something about Drum Recording Nija Workshop. Do you will speack about overhead in a room that hasn’t treatment, or bad treatment. Are the heil sound PR 30 B good in this case?
    Thank you very much.

    • studioadmin

      Hey Roberto!
      Thank you for the compliment. Yes we speak a LOT about overheads. We talk about a lot of options no matter what type of room you have.

      Although I’m a huge fan of the Heil PR30 (I use them all the time!) they aren’t my first choice for overheads. At least not as my go to overheads. They can create a really cool, and unique, overhead sound but may not be the most versatile microphones for that application. However it really depends on your music and what emotion you want to capture.

      I hope that helps and I look forward to seeing you at one of the workshops!

  3. Randy

    I’m new to recording and can’t seem to get a nice “live” drum sound which seems to be a very contemporary sound. I grew up in the 80s so it’s tough to shed the cannon snares and cavernous toms. I’ve begun to use your technique and am blown away by the sounds. I was getting source sounds first then blending in OHs. Now I do the reverse and things are sounding great. Had a tough time letting go of the HH mic but now I don’t even think about it.
    Also the way you simplified getting mics in phase really hit home.
    Thanks so much for sharing.

    • studioadmin

      Hey Randy!

      I’m very happy to hear that the videos have helped you!! Thanks for watching and being a part of the community! Keep me posted on your recording progress!

      All the best,

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