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What to buy for recording drums?

Discussion in 'Drums' started by jcnichols22, Nov 27, 2006.

  1. jcnichols22

    jcnichols22 Guest

    hi im completely new to this world ive recorded a little guitar for people here and there but i want to record some drums and want to be able to control the sound and volume of each drum and not just the kit its self im a big fan of protools but dont know what to get that would be compatible with it and am struggline to find answers so pretty much all ive got is a macbook protools and a drumset im not looking to spend a great deal of money but will if i have to
  2. Scoobie

    Scoobie Active Member

    Sep 6, 2006
    You need to tell people what kind of a budget you have to work with, that would help. And what kind of a room you have to record in. You haven't even said what kind of a interface you have for that macbook.

    This can run into alot of money real fast. Just 8 real good mic cable's will set you back more than you think.

  3. jasondirckze

    jasondirckze Guest

    Yep, let us know what interface you are using with Pro Tools.

    The number of individual inputs (and more specifically, mic pres) on your interface will dictate how many mics you can use to record your drum kit. You could use anywhere from 2 to 20 mics for recording a kit.

    For the essentials though, I'd at least have a mic for the kick, snare, and overheads. Thats four mics right there, to ensure you have some degree of control over specific drums.

    Which mics you choose are up to you and your budget. For the kick, some favorites are Shure Beta 52, AKG D-112, Beyer M88 etc

    For the snare, the old Shure SM57 should be what you aim for.

    Overheads? a pair of Condensor mics is the go here. Again, what you get depends on your budget. Personally I like to use Neumann U87's, but I've also used Neumann KM84's, Rode NT5's, and other large diaphragm condensors for the job.

    You might also want to mic up the toms, and the good old SM57 is a good choice, as well as the Sennheiser MD421, or other similar dynamic mic.

    There are also drum mic kits out there that will get you on your way

    Anyways, there is a lot of information there to digest.

    Good luck!
  4. jcnichols22

    jcnichols22 Guest

    well let me be a little more specific ive got mics and stuff but im looking for an interface thats gonna allow me to control the levels of each drum digitaly and compatible with pro tools. pro tools was a gift from a friend im planin on using about 10 mics and am completely lost in this world of recording equioment ive done live sound for about 5 years now and am trying to get into recording so basically i just need help with an interface i thought about the presonus firepod but i like protools better than cuebase and if anone thinks they might can help and has aim my s/n is evenafterdeath22
  5. jasondirckze

    jasondirckze Guest

    OK...so you have Pro Tools. Pro Tools rigs come with an interface. Either an HD rig, or an LE rig like an Mbox, 002, or perhaps one of those M-Audio M-Powered jobbies.

    So which one do you have?
  6. jcnichols22

    jcnichols22 Guest

    i got this problem resolved but as far as protools all i had was the software my friend gave it to me but i got a presonus firestudio with cuebase le which solved all my questions

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