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Recording drums with 1 mic, and other things

Discussion in 'Drums' started by rhythmicsoapie, Feb 17, 2011.

  1. rhythmicsoapie

    rhythmicsoapie Active Member

    Feb 17, 2011
    Hello all, I've been getting more and more into home recording and so finally decided to sign up here and ask a couple of questions instead of just lurking. I'm primarily a drummer, so take it easy on me!

    Firstly, has anyone got tips for getting a decent drum sound from one condenser mic? It's a Studio Projects C1, and any advice on mic placement or anything else would be great. The drums are good, Mapex Orion + Sabian AA cymbals.

    Secondly, is there anything like a noob's guide to mixing in Cubase 5? I know almost nothing about the program, or mixing.

    Any help is appreciated!


    EDIT: Had another problem but fixed it.
  2. Big K

    Big K Well-Known Member

    Jan 16, 2002
    Munich / Germany
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    Welcome to our RO forum!

    Do you have a manual for Cubase 5?
    It is easier to guide you through...
  3. rhythmicsoapie

    rhythmicsoapie Active Member

    Feb 17, 2011
    I do have one somewhere, it may be in the attic. I got it free as part of my uni course, installed it and then haven't touched it since I got it about 18 months ago. I'll have a look for it a bit later.

    Also: Does anyone know how to up the click volume in Cubase? With my headphone output at max, I can hardly hear it once my ear protection is in. This isn't an issue in Audacity as I can boost the gain of the click track. Is there a way of doing this in Cubase?

    EDIT: D'OH! It's on my computer.
  4. drumrob

    drumrob Active Member

    Jun 2, 2004
    Eugene, Oregon
    Hey rhythmic...

    Regarding recording your kit with one mic, you'll have to experiment with placement a bit, but I think the starting point is to set it on a stand 3-4 feet in front of the kick drum at a height right around the top of the kick drum or maybe the midpoint of the toms. From there you should get a decent mix of kick, toms and snare. Cymbals will be picked up from just about anywhere you place the mic. Move the mic around a bit from there until you have the balance you are looking for. This is ideally done with somebody else playing the kit, a second person moving the mic around while you are in an isolated control room being able to hear how it affects the sound. I suspect you're like many of us and doing this all yourself, so you may have to record a bit, adjust the mic, record some more, etc.

    Btw I have 2 of the Studio Projects C-1 mics and love them. I haven't tried to use just one of them on my drums, but once at a practice session we used a B.L.U.E. Mouse in the position I mentioned above and got a very acceptable result for listening back to songs. Obviously never going to be as nice as stereo and not as flexible as having multiple mics, but it can work for some things.

    Have fun!

  5. rhythmicsoapie

    rhythmicsoapie Active Member

    Feb 17, 2011
    Yep, I'm all alone! Thanks for the tip, but since this is being done in my bedroom it would involve moving EVERYTHING... I might give it a go anyway. I tried recording, then moving the mic, and came up with this from just behind the drum stool:

    Got bored, did some rock by Sam Rowlands on SoundCloud - Create, record and share your sounds for free

    Does anyone know how to raise the overall volume when exporting from Cubase? It came out really quiet!

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