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Drums on the (relatively) Cheap

Discussion in 'Drums' started by TheArchitect, Jun 10, 2009.

  1. TheArchitect

    TheArchitect Active Member

    With the continuing interest in minimal mic techniques for recording a drumkit, I thought I would demonstrate my technique.


    What it sounds like
    http://members.toast.net/dwyss/HowTo/DrumDemo.wav

    You will have to forgive the playing, its terrible.

    Equipment:
    Drums
    7pc M Birch. 22" kick with 8/10/12/14/16 toms. Snare is a blacrolite 14"x5"

    Heads -
    Kick - PS3 front and back
    Snare - Coated Emperor batter with Hazy ambassador snare side
    Toms - White suede Ambassador batter with clear ambassador reso

    Room
    12' W x 9' D by 7' tall
    Cinder block on 3 walls with double framed / double drywalled 4th wall.
    Floor is concrete with area rugs

    An Evans EQ pad with the small end touching the batter of the kick is the only muffling on the kit

    Mics
    Kick - Shure Beta 52
    Snare - Shure SM57
    OH's - CAD M177 with -20 pad engaged

    I use a blend of what is often referred to as the "Glyn Johns" method and the "Recorderman" technique. You will want to check the polarity on your kick mic. I find flipping the polarity on the either the kick mic, or the other three mics makes a difference in the quality of the kick drum's sound with this setup

    The kick drum mic is located just outside the reso head port as seen here:
    http://members.toast.net/dwyss/HowTo/Kick.jpg

    The snare mic is peeking just over the rim of the snare with the capsul directly over the rim of the drum as seen here:
    http://members.toast.net/dwyss/HowTo/Snare.jpg

    The left OH is directly over the snare and pointed at the right edge of the snare drum. In my case the capsule is 44.5" above the center of the snare batter head
    http://members.toast.net/dwyss/HowTo/LeftOH.jpg

    The right OH is directly over and between the 2 floor toms. The capsule of this mic is also 44.5" from the center of the snare batter. This is by design and is meant to help keep the snare in the center of the image. I was not concerned about maintaining equal distance from the kick drum
    http://members.toast.net/dwyss/HowTo/RightOH.jpg

    A few more pics to help show the location of the OH's
    http://members.toast.net/dwyss/HowTo/OHPer.jpg
    http://members.toast.net/dwyss/HowTo/OHPer2.jpg


    Mixed with appropriate EQ/Compression to taste and a pinch of reverb as desired the result is the audio sample above. Nothing I do is unique or innovative. Its just what I have found to work well in my room on this kit.
     

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