Garage studio advice: Help me best configure the space we have for recording.
We have access to an industrial park space (about 1,500 square feet, open, in a roughly standard rectangular shape) that consists of concrete floors, 30 foot ceilings (with wooden crossbeam/rafters and a foil over insulation "ceiling") and cinderblock walls, with no insulation at all. My drum set is in there, we have a Vox AC-30 Custom Classic tube amp, the standard Shure 3x SM-57, Beta 52 drum mic kit and... I think another Shure SM58 for vocals.
We're not looking to necessarily record all of us live right now; we're focusing on getting the drums sound a bit more mellow.
Here's the thing: we also have about a dozen (or 18) 55-gallon PLASTIC drums (think these
) in the space that we could use to surround ourselves or create baffles in some way...
With that, any advice on if we should touch them at all, or if they'll just fuck with our sound? Further, any tips on how to get the best sound out of everything considering the acoustics of the space? We're pushing into an Alesis Multimix 16, Firewired into a Macbook running, for no, Garageband '08.