A Three Part Case Study for Recording 55 Gallon Drums

I first was exposed to the cool tones of 55 gallon drums, and the concept of recording junk percussion when I met my friend Caden. I had called him because I was in need of some help finding junk percussion and in his project Banmier, he was already in the practice of recording junk percussion to create Wavetable synthesizers. I had no idea what fun I was missing.

This is a three part breakdown of some of the techniques I used when recording junk percussion. You’ll see in the original footage that I edited in, that I was doing more than the barrel, such as sheet metal, metal tanks, and 2×4 claps. These cut away shots of the recording session are from the documentaries that were created for each song.


Hello, my name is Ryan Earnhardt. I am a personal mentor to audio engineers, and a debt free studio owner, Lumen Audio, located in the mountains around Asheville NC.

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