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PZM's for drums?

Discussion in 'Drums' started by Highflyer, May 29, 2004.

  1. Highflyer

    Highflyer Guest

    Hi folks,
    I'm new in here, and also totally new with recording.
    I recently bought a Yamaha AW16G( known better as "G") and am trying to record my band. Mostly I go in direct into the recorder (ie: guitar, bass, key's) but I'm trying out for the drums, 2 PZM's on left and right side of the drums. I have a good AKG for the base. Seems like the cymbals are really picked up, as is the rest of the band..lol, but not very good for the skins. Anybody ever used PZM's for drumkit??
    Great site!!
  2. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    If your drum room has a low ceiling you can tape the PZMs to it. This will give you great overhead pickup but unless your drummer can refrain from beating the sh*t out of the brass, the cymbals will be very loud while the toms and snare will sound a bit distant.

    In a pinch, I like one or two omnis like the ATM 11 placed below the cymbals aimed at the toms and snare. Add a 57 on the snare and you can get some very good drum sounds...

    Kurt Foster
  3. jonyoung

    jonyoung Well-Known Member

    Dec 31, 2003
    Just speculating (I have a PZM screwed to the wall of my electric guitar iso booth, my mic of choice these days), how about facing the kit towards a corner and placing the PZM's on the wall to either side, say waist high? I've had really good luck with a three mic setup on a kit, kick mic and two "overheads" a few feet in front and waist high. It gives a much better balance between drums and cymbals. Give it a try?
  4. jonyoung

    jonyoung Well-Known Member

    Dec 31, 2003
    PS....The main point of the PZM is to be surface mounted (the bigger the surface, the better the low end response, and not much phase consequence, at least easier to adjust for).
  5. heinz

    heinz Guest

    tape one to the drummers chest! :shock:
  6. Screws

    Screws Active Member

    Feb 16, 2001
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    So we need a large chested drummer?
  7. jonyoung

    jonyoung Well-Known Member

    Dec 31, 2003
    Preferrably with no body hair.
  8. Highflyer

    Highflyer Guest

    Thanks for all the info.
    I'll try some of these out. Not gonna wear one on my chest, I've got to much hair....LOL
    I may make a few bigger backgrounds for them, ie:plexiglass
    Thanks again.
    Keep the music alive!

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