Controlling Stereo Width on Stereo Micing

Discussion in 'Recording' started by yodermr, Jan 31, 2004.

  1. yodermr

    yodermr Guest

    I was wondering if I could get some guidance on controlling the stereo image when recording drums with minimal mics.

    I have a pair of Rode NT5 (Recorderman configuration) for overheads, SM57 on the top of the snare and a D112 on the kick.

    Everything sounds great except that the snare wire sound is picked up more by the overheads than the snare mic. This leaves me with a strange stereo image of a mono snare drum but stereo snare wire.

    Am I stuck with putting a bottom mic on the snare to get the wire back in the center of the mix?

    Thanks
    Mark
     
  2. RecorderMan

    RecorderMan Distinguished Member

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    Mar 28, 2001
    It sounds like your OH image is too wide. This results in a hole in your center. Play with the position/angle of the OH mics. Wear headphones while you make adjustments. This will allow you to hear the adjustments in 'real time' saving a lot of trips back and forthy between the control room and the mics. You should after adjustment have the snare in the center.
     

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