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Another mic placement article I found for drums (with samples

Discussion in 'Drums' started by pcrecord, Sep 25, 2014.

  1. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

    http://recordinghacks.com/2010/04/03/drum-overhead-microphone-technique-comparison/

    It fun to have an audio reference to what a technic can sound like before you start testing it. ;)
     
  2. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    I happen to like Recordinghacks and that article is pretty good. I liked that they used a single pair of multi-pattern mics in so many ways to illustrate balancing the source vs. the room. Not to mention the
    fact that I have found ORTF to be ideal in a lot of the situations that I've run into. Go figure. Drums are a tough nut to crack, recording wise, this seems to steer the less-experienced in the right direction.
    I did not investigate the Cakewalk article. I figured that if they butchered Sonar, they probably would do the same with a couple of mics :)
     
  3. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

    I removed it, it was not working anyway ;)
     
  4. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    The link worked fine for me.

    I thought it was an "okay" article, I liked that it was targeted towards people that are already familiar with the different mic arrays and how they work. There are plenty of articles available that start with the basics of mic types, techniques and the variety of uses, so reading an article where it's presumed that the reader already knows the basics is helpful. Not everyone needs to start at square one with "this is a microphone. Its purpose is to..." ;)

    But all in all, and rating it in terms of a basic demo for the average home hobbyist, I think that it served its basic purpose.

    The only real caveat to the demonstration(s) was that he was basing his different arrays using the same mics - and for continuity of demonstration, that's useful, because you don't want to hear the differences in arrays using different mics when demonstrating the various techniques because you don't want the results skewed by the variables that different mics would present... however ...on that note, one shouldn't assume that the sounds he was getting was based solely on the various arrays. Th results were based on his room, using those mics, on that kit, and that's fine.

    But as we all know, the types of mics that are used will play a major part in the sound, as will the recording environment and the instrument itself - especially when working with omni and M-S arrays where the sound of the room is so much a part of the final sound overall - so, those listening to the demos should be aware that their own results could be much better - or much worse - depending on their mics, their drums and their room.

    As far as the "Recorderman" technique ?? Well, I've seen that exact array used in studios on drum kits many times before, going way back to the 70's. To my knowledge, no one ever referred to it as the "recorderman miking method" LOL. It's a variation on a spaced pair, that's all.

    So, unless he's been around in a professional capacity since '77 or so, claiming ownership of the invention of that method is... well... I'll use the G-rated version of descriptive terminology here and simply call it "unlikely".
    Although others here might prefer to describe it as the defecated waste material of a large, horned male of the bovine species. ;)


    FWIW

    d/
     
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  5. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

    Good addition Donny ;)
     

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