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So, I'm finally getting a drumset. Questions and out loud thoughts...

Discussion in 'Drums' started by sshack, Apr 2, 2010.

  1. sshack

    sshack Active Member

    Next week I will be obtaining a drum kit to try out for recording. It's a 4pc. mid-80s USA Gretsch shell pack and I'm borrowing the remaining cymbals/hardware from a buddy to make a complete kit. My thoughts/questions are around setting them up to record.

    *Currently, my plan is to keep it simple and just use 4 channels on my RME FF800 for pres.
    *For mics, I'll more than likely be sticking with 57s/58s, i5, 421 and either Oktava or NT5s for the OH...I have a lot of experimenting to do. I don't however have a designated kick mic, so I wouldn't be opposed to buying one down the road. Should I just stick with the 58 or the 421 for now? If I purchased a kick mic, what other considerations other than a Beta 52 could be recommended (within, say a $350 budget)?

    *Next, I'm debating on whether or not I should run cables directly from the interface to the kit (everything is in one room), or if I'd be better off getting a small snake to keep the clutter down. Are there any cons to a snake in a scenario like this?

    If all goes well, I would consider buying some nicer pre's for the drums in the future, maybe an API 3124 and thus perhaps expand to 6 mics on the kit (still using two from the RME)...but I really don't think I'd want to go more than that. However, first thing is first....if I like the kit and I can get a good recorded sound, then I have to BUY it, then get hardware, cymbals, etc. on my own.

    Thanks for reading, your comments and suggestions are appreciated.
     
  2. albatrocity

    albatrocity Guest

    Can't really go wrong with a 57 on a snare drum. Everyone is used to hearing that. If you've got a 421, you can definitely get away with using it on kick. I've found it sounds very tight and focused. Otherwise I've always liked an RE20 on kick (I don't have a sample on me to share).

    Since you're not miking toms, get some overheads with extended low end response. I'm a big fan of AT4041's as drum overheads. I'm not familiar enough with the Oktavas or NT5s to make any suggestions about them.

    No huge problem with using a snake, but you're lengthening the distance of cable and making two connections rather than one.
     

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