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Hypercardioid pattern: Too tight for single overhead?

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Your thoughts requested, especially impressions from any who've tried this. What I'm contemplating is using my new Beyer M260 with Sank mod as a single drum overhead in Fletcher's three-mic technique. I'm a week out from this session, and wondering if its hypercardioid pickup will present too tight an image. If not, such a pattern may be desirable for the fact that there will be guitar amps playing (and tracking) in the same live room. My objective: no overdubs, or vocal-only overdubs.
TIA
-kent
-kent

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kent powell Mon, 03/04/2002 - 11:52
Thanks for asking Ang. Not to whine but there was no response to this post until your own. So I chickened out and used an omni. I was scared the Beyer M260 would not image well with that tight a pattern as the only OH. Might have worked with two OH's, or if it were a figure 8 like most ribbons. Plus I was scared for the safety of my only ribbon mic, good drummer or not.

The session went well. Good drummer, good kit, good room. Omni a couple feet over the drummer's shoulder, another peeking over the floor tom and a condenser in front of the kick. Nice natural mono reproduction of the sound in the room which was good, and just what I was looking for.

The real beauty of it is there's so little to do to it in the mix. No 'verb needed. HPF out the subsonics and that's about it. Maybe a little low boost on the FOK mic.
-kent

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Guest Thu, 03/07/2002 - 09:33
Originally posted by snappy:
I was scared the Beyer M260 would not image well with that tight a pattern as the only OH. Might have worked with two OH's, or if it were a figure 8 like most ribbons.
-kent
Glad things worked for you, Kent. Just wanted to clear up a possible misconception. A figure of 8 pattern is actually the "tightest" of all the available patterns in terms of side rejection - your hypercardiod will actually pick up a wider angle than a typical figure of 8. Think of hypercardiod as a figure of 8 with the front lobe larger than the back (as opposed to both lobes being equal). Or as a hybrid halfway between cardiod and figure of 8. So your hypercardiod might actually be a better candidate for the OH after all.
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