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Drum Miking Volume issues

Discussion in 'Drums' started by CopperheadRecords, Apr 16, 2007.

  1. I miced a drum kit using a pair of Samson C02 overheads, an SM57 on the snare and an AKG D112 on the kick. The Overheads were ran through a pair of presonus tubepres, and the Kick went into an art tube mp preamp. These were then fed into a Fostex VF160EX recorder.

    The overall sound was very good. It sounded real, almost live, and went direct with no EQ sounding pretty decent.

    My question is that when I was miking the drums, I had to set the levels on the preamps low to avoid distortion, but then when mixing in other intruments, I had to peg the drum levels to even be heard at all...I tried boosting the signal faders for my drum channels to +6, and kept everything else at -30 or lower.

    Is this normal? Should I use a compressor to bring those peak levels down and then use the gain-makeup to boost the signals?

    Thanks in advance for your replies.
  2. fourone3

    fourone3 Active Member

    Are you trying to get a live recording right off the bat, or aiming to do a multitrack mixdown?

    That's actually the same mic set up I've used quite a bit (including a PreSonus pre at times) and haven't had much trouble getting nice levels.
  3. Multitrack mix-down, the four mics have separate channels...i was wondering if I should compress the drums, but I'd rather not squash the dynamics out of them.

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