Drums at home

Discussion in 'Drums' started by Stabb, Sep 5, 2004.

  1. Stabb

    Stabb Active Member

    Jan 2, 2004
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    Hi People!
    I'm recording drums tomorrow for the 1st time at my home studio.
    Last minute posting, I know, but my isp was down!

    I've done this in a real studio before but never in my home unit.

    The room I'm using is my living room which has the usual 8' ceiling.
    I think its about 15'x15.

    I only have 4 channels of mic pres (I don't want to use my 02r's)
    2 Grace 101
    2 Peavey VMP2 (all tube, 2 ch in 1 unit)

    Available mics:
    2 KM184
    1 TLM 103
    1 SM57
    1 AKGC414EB

    I'm planning to put
    the TLM103 on the Kick (into Grace101)
    SM57 on the snare (into Grace101)
    KM184s stereo overhead (into Peavey VMP2.
    (no hh mic, I guess - dang)

    The sound I'm after is 'quiet' drums for a ballad (not rockin').
    Like what you might hear from Norah Jones or James Taylor.

    My question is:
    How high should the overheads be? (or how close to the ceiling)

    Other details-
    The room has thick pile carpeting so I'm putting down a 4'x8x3/4 plyboard on the floor.
    Using an assortment of home made acoustic treatments and 2 of Ethan's minitraps.

    Thanks in advance!!!

  2. inLoco

    inLoco Active Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    put the akg 414 on the snare! if you have another pre-amp you could put the shure sm57 on bottom snare. this way you'd get the hi-hat too!
    but for jazzy feel i think the akg 414 is a great mic for snare!cause it's a condenser you'll get more details and warm sound of the snare! specially brushes!

    if you can only use 4 pres! try the sm 57 instead of the tlm on the kick, but put it near the pedal, pointing towards where it slaps!
    you may be suprised with the results...
    the Neumann can be used as room mic too...
    as for the overheads use the 3x1 technique! put the mics and around 2 feet of the floor tom. one on each side at 45degrees! then the distance between them can be around 6 feet cause of phase. i'm saying this cause you don't have tom mics! but you may try the overheads with the cross at around 7 feet...
    so many options! try them all and record a bit to see which one you feel it's better!
  3. Stabb

    Stabb Active Member

    Jan 2, 2004
    Honolulu, Hawaii

    Very interesting suggestions, will try.


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