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Micing Steel Drums

Discussion in 'Drums' started by Todd Eidson, Apr 22, 2003.

  1. Todd Eidson

    Todd Eidson Guest

    I'm about to start a recording session of a 3 piece band with Drums, Electric Bass, and steel drums. Anyone have any tips, tricks, or pointers for mic selection or placement on the steel drums? I've never recorded steel drums before and any help would be greatly appreciated.
    My microphone choices:
    Marshall MXL 2001 (2)
    Marshall MXL 603S (2)
    AKG C1000S (2)
    Shure SM57 (5)
    Shure SM58
    cad m37 (2)
    nady cm88 (2)
    audio technica pro25
    nady dm80
    nady dm 70 (4)
    ev mc100

    Todd Eidson
  2. Doug Milton

    Doug Milton Active Member

    I think some of your decisions will be dictated by what you and the band envision for the placement of the steel drums within the mix. If you have good isolation, a stereo pair is probably the way to go. The best thing to do is try a couple different mic selections and placement to see what sounds best to you… the AKG or Marshalls are probably the way to go.
  3. mcguin

    mcguin Guest

    single pan, or double tenor??
    when i am recording doubles, I use one mic over each pan two feet above the center of each and pointing straight down - then use another mic underneath each pan trying to aim in the center of the pan - set these mics out of phase with the mics on the top side. Pan the mix of the two pans to suit the overal mix. Single pan would be similar.
    Of your mic selection i have used the AGK 1000's with good results - watch out as it's really easy for the high freqs to get away from you - definately use limiters - pans really spike fast!
    email me directly if you want to talk more (mcguin@globalfrontiers.com) - i record pans in some fasion at least a couple of times a month and have released 2 cd's in the past two months with pans featured very prominently
    good luck
  4. Todd Eidson

    Todd Eidson Guest

    Thank you guys for your responses, should help out greatly. I have one more question. I have a 40'X60' "live" room, and a 8'X12' "dead" isolation booth. Which room would give me the best results??

    Thanks Again,
    Todd Eidson
  5. mcguin

    mcguin Guest

    hi Todd
    if they are good quality pans, they can ring like crazy - try both - depending on the player and playing style, the ringing may add to the recording - or you may want to reduce the ringing in a dead room
    good luck
    let me know hhow it turns out

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