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Micing the Bottom of the Snare

Discussion in 'Drums' started by FIMseth, Jan 10, 2005.

  1. FIMseth

    FIMseth Guest


    I'm not new to recording music, but I'm in no way a pro. I've been experimenting with recording drums for an upcoming album. I can only record 8-tracks at a time using my audio interface (MOTU 896). Right now I'm thinking 1 mic on snare, hhat, 1 for rack tom, 1 for floor tom, 2 for kick, and 2 for overheads. I've experimented recording the snare with 1 mic on top and 1 on bottom. I like that snap of the bottom mic.

    I heard that after recording the snare you can place a speaker over the snare with a mic on the bottom. Then solo the recorded snare and play through the song, and the mic will pick up the snap from the recorded snare. I just wanted to hear what you all had to say before I started messing around with it. Would this work? Is there a better way to go about doing this? Thanks for your help.

    P.S. This is my first post on the forum, I'm psyched!!!
  2. RecorderMan

    RecorderMan Distinguished Member

    that's a cool trick and it does work...experiment and enjoy!
  3. gtarist3587

    gtarist3587 Guest

    drum micing questions

    OK my deal is...i have the PG 6 peice drum mic set from shure. I also have a sm57....now, i have been wanting to do stereo overhead micing for cymbals etc and then use the 57 on the bottom of the snare in alliance with the top mic...now what the hell is phase cancellation that i've heard aobut and how do fix it? I have no idea about it other than it seems to be undesireable
  4. Thomaster

    Thomaster Guest

    thats a freakin great trick FIMseth!! i just tried it out on a drumtake i did recently (in which i didnt have enough 'snap' on the snare), and it worked great! i think ill keep the track

    when u mike the bottom of the snare, make sure you reverse the phase of that mic. if you dont have any phase-reverse function on your mixer/preamp/whatever, then just switch the polarity on one side of a mic cable.
    (i dont know if i remember it correctly, but i think u have to switch pins 1 and 3 in case its an XLR-connector)
  5. laurens

    laurens Guest

    Well I thought it was 1 and 2. But if you want to be sure about these things: Behringer and Phonic are use to place these kinds of information into their owners manual, if the product is working with several kinds of cables (XLR to Jack and other combinations)...


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