Is overdubbing drums more common in recording today than recording live with a rhythm section? I am not sure but I would be curious and would like to hear anybody comment and give their two cents. I see a lot of videos of different name drummers like Gadd and Pelton overdubbing drums to tracks in a studio. Josh Freese has said in interviews that its just him and the producer in the studio a lot of times. This past weekend I overdubbed drums on some bass loops from the Janek Gwizdala Loop Loft Sessions and it was a challenge for sure to really lock it in. I think what makes overdubbing drums, or any instrument for that matter, difficult is that no one is adjusting to you. Where ever you feel the quarter note sitting probably isn’t exactly where the bass player feels it. So if you both are playing live in the same room then you simply listen and adjust towards each other to make the music feel better and be easier to play. I would say this pretty much occurs subconsciously if everyone playing has great time and is a pro.
When you are overdubbing to something already recorded you have to do all the adjusting, which makes things more difficult. If you are playing with a musician with bad time, then you are kind of screwed either way. In that case, you’d be lucky to be playing with a loop that feels good. In the Steve Gadd DVD “Up Close”, Steve talks about constant adjustments that drummers have to make to keep the time happening. For awhile I could not understand what he was talking about even though I wanted to! Thankfully now I do after many hours. This is kind of an open discussion blog…I’ll stop there!