Floor Tom Help

Discussion in 'Drums' started by Piccadilly, Apr 30, 2008.

  1. Piccadilly

    Piccadilly Guest

    Alright, I'm recording a song right now that features really prevalent floor tom, and try as I might, I cannot get it sounding the way I want going in. I'm fairly inexperienced, so I don't know exactly what the problem is, but I know that the sound's bad going in, so it's probably the microphone or the placement. I'm using an SM57 (pretty much all I've got) and I've tried a number of different placements. It doesn't have enough of a punch, and the sound's not nearly round enough.

    If it is indeed the microphone, could anyone recommend one that would help me out? Preferably $200 or under, but I'll go as high as $300. If it's any help, I really like the sound Animal Collective got out of their floor toms on Strawberry Jam.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Oct 26, 2007
    Cocoa, FL
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    New heads?

    Tuned properly?
  3. Piccadilly

    Piccadilly Guest

    Yes annnnnd yes. Are you saying, in a roundabout way, that the 57 should be fine? If so, I'm out of ideas...
  4. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    I think your basic problem is that you are trying to rely too much on that microphone? You should probably be relying more upon your overheads. That's where you get your sonic image. Kick & overheads. Then you add in a little of the microphone that is on the floor drum, to fatten things up. But if that floor tom doesn't sound good on the overheads, you may be in a bad space and are experiencing acoustic phase cancellation. You might have to move everything to get it to sound right? Just because you stick it in a drum booth and/or shove them into the corner doesn't mean it'll sound right regardless of what kind of microphone/s you choose.

    Keep trying
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  5. Piccadilly

    Piccadilly Guest

    It's actually just a floor tom (ala Pet Sounds), so there's no kit involved. It's possible that we're in too big of a space. Should the SM57 do the trick?
  6. Sheehan-J

    Sheehan-J Guest

    There's not realistically such thing as "too big of a space" for drums. Do you have a sample?
  7. Piccadilly

    Piccadilly Guest

    I don't. If things go as disasterously tonight as last night, I'll bring one home and post it.
  8. MadMax

    MadMax Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2001
    Sunny & warm NC
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    try this...

    Top mic maybe too close and pointed too close to the rim. I'd start about 3-4" above the rim and pointed to the impact point of the sticks.

    Get in the area of the floor tom and move all around it until you hear the sound you are looking for. Put a second mic there.

    More than likely, you'll find that its somewhere around a foot or three from the drum... closer to the floor.

    Also, if it's not got enough punch... drop the tension on the bottom head in SMALL increments... like 1/16 of a turn, until you find it.
  9. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    Mar 31, 2007
    North Vancouver
    I was going to say pretty much the samething. Find the spot in the room your ear like and put the mic there. Also you may need some distance to create a 'fuller' sound. (2-3 feet)

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