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Drum Miking Question

Discussion in 'Drums' started by automatic8, Aug 24, 2009.

  1. automatic8

    automatic8 Guest

    I recently got some drum tracks sent to me that were done at another studio. To my surpirise they sound great! Each drum was close miked with a room and an over head. Heres my question..... there was only one overhead on a mono track. How would i get my stereo drum sound from just this one mic? My first intention would be to just duplicate the track and drag one of them back .015 milliseconds or so and pan hard left and right. I guess id do the same with the mono room track? Any insight or tips would be appreciated as I am new to mixing a real kit

  2. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Distinguished Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Scotland, UK
    I'd pan the close mics, and use a short but wet (and not too wishy-washy) reverb on the overhead, in stereo. Should help widen things up a little.
  3. IIRs

    IIRs Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2005
    bad idea: you will get comb filtering problems, and the kit will seem to come from whichever side is not delayed.

    Try leaving the overheads mono: mono drums sound good in the context of a full mix, sometimes better than a stereo version would. You can still pan the close mics a bit if you like.
  4. rockstardave

    rockstardave Active Member

    Mar 3, 2006
    codemonkey and iirs got it perfectly.
  5. sammyg

    sammyg Active Member

    Dec 12, 2003
    red hot chili peppers "californication" album drums were done in mono, (if my memory is correct!).

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