Drum Recording Workshop with José Diogo Neves

Learn insights and tricks of achieving outstanding drum sound through different tunings, recording and microphone techniques.

Retrosonic Pro Audio proudly presents: Drum Recording Workshop with José Diogo Neves and Mikk Simson on Saturday, September 29, 2018 in Retrosonic Studio, Põhja puiestee 27a KultuuriKatel, 10415 Tallinn, Estonia.




You will learn the insights and tricks of getting an outstanding drum sound. Different recording and miking techniques will be presented in practice through an extensive and versatile recording session with a professional musician, drummer and drum recording engineer Mikk Simson.


The one day course will cover the basic options, methods and tricks José Diogo Neves and Mikk Simson use for recording the drums. The scope of the program ranges from tuning the drums and using room microphones to the workflow of a session and recording philosophy. You will acquire practical studio skills and professional vocabulary.


This workshop is dedicated for BOTH recording engineers and drummers.

The exclusive workshop is conducted by José Diogo Neves, a multi-award winning recording, mixing and mastering engineer living in Estonia. José is also a professor at University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy.


José Diogo Neves


Together with Mikk Simson*, an accomplished drummer and drum recording engineer, the subject of recording the drums will be covered in-depth providing a variety of useful information, practical solutions, tips and tricks.


Mikk Simson will get into detail of how to tune the drums for different songs and why he makes certain choices when recording. We will focus on the toms as those seem to be the hardest drums to control but we will also talk about kick and snare sounds.

"There is never just a one sound that works for every musical situation. Most drummers consider it an achievement to keep their drums in tune. Being a versatile studio drummer demands you to be flexible in meeting the needs of the song, the producer and the songwriter. Being able to influence your drum sound in any way the music demands is of key importance” - Mikk Simson


The recording session will happen with a professional drummer, one-man drum recording studio operator and a drum teacher Mikk Simson, commonly known for his work with I Wear* Experiment

*Mikk Simson is a drummer, one man drum recording studio operator and a teacher. Playing with Estonia's most successful pop star Koit Toome, being the number one guy to call when substituting the drummer's for Liis Lemsalu, Jüri Pootsman and others. At the same time touring the world with I Wear* Experiment and keeping the alternative indie beat going with the band Levski. In the midst of all this keeping a drum recording studio going cutting drum tracks for artists from South-Korea, Mexico and China amongst many others. One might say he is one of the hardest working drummer's in Estonia.





  1. Drum recording techniques;

  2. Tuning of the drums;

  3. Using different drums sets;

  4. Recording session with professional musician, drummer Mikk Simson;

  5. The importance of room microphones;

  6. Getting the sound in the recording session vs fixing it in the mixing stage;

  7. Tips & tricks;

  8. Use professional communication skills and studio terminology appropriate for

    the studio;

  9. Interpret and analyze specifications and recordings for personal instrument/microphone preferences;

  10. Demonstration the practical skills necessary to record, edit, and mix music for a

    specific purpose;

  11. Q&A - an exchange of questions and answers.


The workshop takes place on Saturday, September 29, 2018, from 10.00 to 17.00.


The language of the workshop is English. 




Contact us for any additional information, we are happy to answer to your questions. We can also help you with decent hotel deals we have around Tallinn, one of such hotels is located just 200 meters from our studio, next to the harbour and the Old Town of Tallinn.