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Recording Drums using 4 mics

Discussion in 'Drums' started by FootPrints, Jan 6, 2007.

  1. FootPrints

    FootPrints Active Member

    If I wanted to record a 5 piece drum set using 4 mics, would I mic the bass drum, snare and then use 2 overheads?
  2. xX5thQuarterXx

    xX5thQuarterXx Active Member

    Thats exactly what i would do
  3. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Same here. Try the "recorderman" setup for the overheads. (Do a serach on this forum for details.)
  4. JWL

    JWL Active Member

    It depends on the kit, the room, and your mic selection.

    My starting point would probably be 2 overheads in the "recorderman" setup, another front mic in front of the kick (these are actually 3 mics in a Glyn Johns type setup).

    The 4th mic would be a crotch mic, to give me another color for kick and snare.

    My 5th and 6th mics would be a close up on the kick and snare....
  5. FootPrints

    FootPrints Active Member

    Why type of mics and what models would you use? Any help would be great, thanks.
  6. xX5thQuarterXx

    xX5thQuarterXx Active Member

    how much money are you willing to spend on mic's?
  7. FootPrints

    FootPrints Active Member

    I'd rather not spend that much, maybe $500 all together?
  8. Groff

    Groff Active Member

    For 500 $ ... maybe 600+

    AKG D112 - kick

    MS 57 - snare

    and one pair of SD condensers:

    AT 3031
    KSM 109
    StudioProjects C4
    Rode NT5
  9. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    we all know the 57
    is SM57
    just a typo me thinks

    if you can find a deal or even borrow
    it is worth a try
    Ribbons as overheads
    you need to try this once ... just so you know what it sounds like
  10. Groff

    Groff Active Member

    It's typo. Mea culpa. Sorry.
    Thanks, dr. Kev.
  11. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    Here is something fun to try! I've done this on a couple of jazz recordings. I put 2 lavalier news anchor style microphones on the drummer's body and one in the kick drum. It sounded fabulous in the drummer felt like it sounded like he was sitting behind his kit on playback. Just put one near each shoulder and tape them down good with plenty of duct tape!

    Always thinking off her feet
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  12. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Heck, if the drummer had pierced ears you could.....
  13. MadTiger3000

    MadTiger3000 Active Member

    99.5% chance he does, for this genre.

    "Yeah, maaaaan! F*ckin' A, maaaaaaan!"

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