I am extremely fortunate to own three of the best sounding recording kits - A Ludwig classic maple and a Pearl Masterworks and a 1970's Slingerland.
The Ludwig kit consists of a 22x16 Kick, 12x8 and 13x10 rack toms and 14x14 and 16x16 floor toms. It has that classic fat Ludwig sound, nice and chunky, great for anything that requires a more vintage flavour but also very comfortable being driven hard in rock and pop songs. It can offer great character to a drum recording.
The Pearl kit consists of a 22x18 kick, 10x10 and 12x10 rack toms and a 14x13 floor tom. This kit features 4ply maple shells (the kick drum is 4ply maple with two exterior plies of mahogany) and has the perfect blend of resonance and attack. Combined with an extremely broad tuning range this kit is excellent at obtaining the more modern drum sounds associated with pop, rock and country music.
I have four primary snare drums that I use regularly in the studio: A 1968 chrome over brass 14 x 5.5 Ludwig supraphonic. This snare drum is incredible and does most of the heavy lifting in my recordings. One of the most recorded snare drums in history and with good reason. This drum can sound great on ANY track.
I have recently acquired a gorgeous Ludwig classic maple 14x6.5 snare drum which is going down a storm across a wide variety of applications.
I also use a 13x6 Ayotte Custom Maple snare with great success. Despite the smaller diameter this drum has a phenomenal tuning range although I find myself using it more for pop and hip hop tracks where it can get cranked and still maintain a superb amount of articulation.
Finally I use a 14x5.5 Pearl sensitone Elite Aluminium snare drum which like the Ayotte has a very wide tuning range. I prefer it in the lower registers and often use if for fat back beat driven tracks.
Cymbal wise I use a wide array of vintage Zildjian cymbals simply because I think they record so much better than modern made cymbals. They're so smooth and buttery. I have a wide range of sizes from 15' right up to 20' and they span from the 1950s through to the 1970s.
I also have a collection of modern Zildjian K and A series cymbals for alternative sounds and also some Dream bliss cymbals.
I am extremely lucky to be able to work from a fantastic recording studio called 'The Blast Furnace' located in Derry in the North West of Ireland. It has a superb sounding live room which lends itself very well to drum captures. The room is naturally quite bright but can be tailored for a drier sound with mobile baffles. I also have access to a completely dry second room within the studio should any client require a super dry sound.
The Microphone List in the Blast Furnace includes:
Neumann U87 (x2)
Neumann U87 Silver
Beyer M160 (x2)
Royer 121 (x2)
Beyer MC740 (x3)
AKG C414b Gold (x2)
AKG C414 Silver (x2)
AKG D112 (x2)
Shure Beta 58
Shure SM58 (x3)
Shure SM57 (x7)
Shure Beta 57 (x2)
Shure Beta 52
Shure Beta 56
Sennheiser MD421 (x3)
Sennheiser E604 (x5)
Sennheiser E845 (x2)
Audix D6 (x2)
Audix D2 (x2)
Our Preamps and outboard include modules by Focusrite, BAE, Neve, Avalon, SPL, Audient Mico, PAL, Empirical Labs, Purple Audio and our DDA DMR12 Console. Monitoring is acheived through Genelec 1037A and Yamaha NS10s.