DW 7 piece set....How many mics do I need for recording?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by jlee462, Oct 13, 2004.

  1. jlee462

    jlee462 Guest

    My drummer just got a 7 piece DW set. I have never recorded drums. I have just used a Roland V-Drums set in the past. Now that I have this great set, I would like to start recording with them.

    I want to make sure I get a good big sound from the drums. Therefore, what is everyone's recommendation about how many mics I should get?

    I originally thought I would get an Audix D Pack with a mic for every tom, the snare, the bass drum, and hi hat. Then get a couple of overheads. After reading some posts it seems like this is overkill (10 mics).

    Could I get suggestions on how many mics and placement to get an overall good sound.

    My music is in the vein of Tool, Marilyn Manson, and NIN.

  2. inLoco

    inLoco Active Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    you can get a good sound with kick, snare and overheads!
    of course if you have the knowledge you mic every tom!
    but that takes time to manage! you have to learn about phase and mic placement!
  3. Thomaster

    Thomaster Guest

    you might wanna check out the oh so famous (at least its famous here..:)) 'Recorderman's Technique'
    this guy (his name is Recorderman) posted a method somewhere on here, how to get a great (startingpoint) sound with 2 OH-mics.
    you can do a search on 'recorderman technique' on this forum.
    don't know, maybe it ll help
  4. FifthCircle

    FifthCircle Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2001
    Los Angeles, CA
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    Depends on the sound you are after. I've gotten some great drum sounds with a single microphone. (yes- mono drums)

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