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Land of Ovehead Placements

Discussion in 'Room & Overhead' started by Chris Perra, Sep 7, 2015.

  1. Chris Perra

    Chris Perra Active Member

    I did some testing of various Oh placements. My room has a low ceiling 6'3 and I find I'm getting some kind of weird comb filtering if I set up OH's to close to the ceiling even though it's completely dead, it's insulation with fabric over it.. not a deliberate treatment setup. Here's some examples of random playing.


    It appears as though I've run out of mp3 power.


    Here's a mediafire link
    http://www.mediafire.com/?boaj4syyyp656
     
  2. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

    It interesting to here the difference. How did you decide on the testing distances? There's a noticae difference on my phone between the two.
     
  3. Chris Perra

    Chris Perra Active Member

    Really it was the height if my ceiling that dictated the distances. As well as how low to put them was by being comfortable playing.
     
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  4. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    All of these examples sound pretty "choked" to me, and aren't what I would personally consider to be "pleasing".

    I think that most engineer cats will likely tell you that a 6'3" ceiling is too low to get the OH sounds that most engineers like, and that 8' is the minimum height required to really get that nice OH sound. But, there are variables to that, too...rom dimensions, acoustics, materials used in the construction of the room, etc.

    I don't think it's impossible to get "workable" sounds at lower heights, but I do think that a ceiling that low can often present some issues - as you've already discovered - that can make it difficult to get an OH sound that is pleasing.

    The type of mics you use will play a big factor in this as well... what were you using? And, can you elaborate a bit on why you chose ORTF? Did you try XY coincidental?
     
  5. pcrecord

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

    What will make a greater difference to your sound is avoiding phases issues. Having a low ceilling to work with myself, even if your placement is perfect, we can get some unwanted reflexions from the ceilling that may sound like comb filter. But phases may be a greater problem that needs our attention.
    The first thing I'd check is if both capsule are at equal distance from the snare and from the Bass drum. This means that the OTRF array won't be parallele to the kit (from left to right) but slightly turned so an imaginary line from the bass drum to the snare would be perpendicular to the mics... Hope this makes sens. That way the BD and SN hits both mics at the same time. Then, make someone play and experiment with the distance until it sounds the best.

    You can also add a room mic and use less of the OV in the mix
     
  6. Chris Perra

    Chris Perra Active Member

    Each mic is the same distance from the snare and kick except the ORTF. I didn't post all the examples on the thread as i ran out of MP3 storage the media fire link has examples of spaced pair, recorderman,and xy as well. Also that's all the drums mics together there is a stereo room in there. The blend isn't the greatest as my ears are usually not happening after I play drums for awhile. There's phazeys from the tom mics ect. It was more of a test regarding the change in mic OH placement than trying to get a great drum sound.
     
  7. pcrecord

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

    I know OTRF doesn't specify same distance, I was just suggesting it as an extra test.
    I'm gonna listen to your files in the studio if I get time tonight ! ;)
     
  8. Chris Perra

    Chris Perra Active Member

    Ok so your suggesting to do rather than left right on the kit go on an angle high tom low tom or left crash right crash with the center being both the kick and snare as opposed to kick being center or snare being center. Great idea I will try that one as well.
     
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  9. Chris Perra

    Chris Perra Active Member

    Ok I did a test using your idea. Sounds the best to me. I also did another one with different cymbals as the ones I was using were not typical. Uploaded to the folder.
     
  10. pcrecord

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

    Glad it gave you a pleasing option.. I'd like to hear that in a mix to get some perspective ! ;)
     
  11. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    what mics did you use?
     
  12. Chris Perra

    Chris Perra Active Member

    Neumann km 184s
     
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  13. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    Those are really nice mics. You'd be hard pressed to find better for OH's. ;)
     
  14. simman

    simman Active Member

    Search recorderman overheads. This mic placement is so easy to set up and captures less room. I use it in a room with a low (less than 8') ceiling and consistently get good results.
     
  15. Chris Perra

    Chris Perra Active Member

    One of the test positions is recorder man in the files found from the link in the original post. I like recorder man.. good tom imaging. I find it tends to be difficult to have the kick completely centered. Even though they are equidistant the kick sits too far the right for me.
     
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  16. simman

    simman Active Member

    I guess I should have paid more attention to the post :rolleyes:

    I will say though I've not noticed the off center kick issue when using that placement.
     
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  17. Chris Perra

    Chris Perra Active Member

    I dunno.. technically if they are the same distance from snare and kick they should be the same volume. For some reason I get more kick in the right than the left. I level match the snare hits. I may be setting up the right mic a little to far to the right. And the snare mic a little too high. Hard to say. Could be my room as well.
     
  18. pcrecord

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

    The only thing same distance assures is that the bass drum recordings will be in phase.. Not necessary same volume... (Am I wrong ?)
     
  19. bouldersound

    bouldersound Real guitars are for old people. Well-Known Member

    The direct sound itself should be the about same SPL. Complex dispersion patterns of real world sources and room reflections will skew things.
     
  20. Chris Perra

    Chris Perra Active Member

    I dunno.. if they are the same distance they should be the same volume. They are pointed at different areas. So they won't be the same exact sound but they should be the same volume.. I dunno though.
     

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