Hello, I have a little problem with recording "extreme metal" drums - the drummer is so loud, that a matched pair of NT-1A's set half a meter higher from his head clip at mic gain set to minimum. I have a similar problem with the kick mic (Shure PG series, PG-52 I think) which clips at minimum gain setting, set against the rear had, about 10-15 cm far, quite off-axis. The mic pre is the builtin pre of the M-Audio projectmix. sample Here's a link to a rough mix of the (clipped) drums with a scratch guitar track. The band is very happy and thrilled, but I'm quite lost to if this is a good or bad sound & production quality. My work is free (my first session) and I have a feeling their judgement is based on that... what do you think? The production should be similar to bands dissection, dark funeral and such. A simple question - should I redo the drum tracks with the overheads set higher? Should I just stop recording whenever he makes them clip and force him to redo it with less vigorous hitting? or is this really okay enough, and I should just relax. I'm kind of confused over here, what a good drum mix should be with his music, and whether I did mediocre, okay, or such... ?