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Checking phase on drum mics

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I've heard repeatedly that one must check the phase of drum mics in relation to one another to find phasing problems. How does one go about doing this? I've heard things about using a "phase clicker" but I don't know what that is. Is it a procedure that one would perform which could be done with the phase meter on the console; or do you need to have a phase clicker or do you need both? I've always tried to listen for phasing by bringing one mic up at a time until I have all the mics up and see if when I bring up a fader, it creates a phased sound or a drop in volume. The drop in volume is pretty obvious to hear but that rarely happens because it's not often that two mics are completely 180° out of phase. Although, listening for phasing is much more difficult because there's always some amount of phasing happening and I'm not always sure if it's such a bad thing. Anyway, help of any kind would greatly be appreciated.