Hi, I'm new here. I work at a studio here in Houston. I started recording a new project tonight in which we are trying to achieve the best possible drum recordings before we move to processing/EQ etc. This is how I have the set miked right now: Kick: SM25 inside the kick drum pointed at the beater and a Neumann U87 outside the kit on a 45 degree angle to capture the "oomph" Snare: SM57 on top and bottom Hat: Oktavia (don't remember model number) Toms: AKG 421 Floor Tom: Sennheiser e602 Overheads: 2 AKG 414 I also added two AKG c451b's, using the Recorderman technique, one over the drummer's head pointing at the snare and one just behind him also pointing at the snare at the exact same distance ( this YouTube video explains it well http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiFOD1EeKhQ ) and find that it adds great punch and brightness to the mix. So there, great mics, everything sounds awesome. Now here are my questions: -How can I achieve a nicer, rounder low end from the kick with this set up? The SM52 picks up great attack and punch and the U87 gives me great body but I still want that kick to be fatter. -The harmonics on the toms are great but the decay is way too long. I tried dampening them with some tape at the bottom skins but that kills the harmonics and I just want to shorten the decay. Any ideas? Thanks, any input will be appreciated!