How can I get the best sound out of these?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by AfterburnGeeter, Feb 12, 2005.

  1. Hey, I'm new to the boards here, and I have a question you guys might be able to help me with.

    My singer and I do a lot of our home recording for our band. The one thing that we have the toughest time with (and I'm sure it's the same for everybody else) is drum miking. My singer bought aa Peavey drum mic set that was on sale at Guitar Center about a year ago. The set includes a PVM 321 kick drum mic, a PVM 325 snare mic, and 3 PVM 328 tom mics. We usually use his Shure KSM27 for some room sound and to capture the cymbals. We also have a 3 other condenser mics available. Does anybody know anything about the Peavey drum mics? I know they're not a top of the line mic or anything, but we need to work with what we have for now. How can I get the best sound out of what we have to work with?

  2. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    good room
    good drummer
    good tunning
    good headroom through the mic-pres

    keep practicing and perhaps simplify your approach.
    two overheads with kick and snare.
  3. BriGuyr6

    BriGuyr6 Guest

    Hey Afterburn!

    I'm definately not a pro yet but I will agree that less mics can make things easier and still sound great. I'm going to assume that the set is fairly standard sized. If so go with 2 of your condensers as overheads. place on booms about 2 feet over your drums. one should be slightly off the hats and the other off of the floor toms. the further from each other the wider the stereo field. They will take some playing with to get right. Even height is key though to not introduce phase issues. Go ahead a throw the bass mic in the drum or where ever you like the sound. For the snare I definately recommend 2 mic's. One batter side and snare side. I'd use your 3rd condenser for the snare side. Just be carefull of overloading it. At this point if you tweak and get it sounding great, you could always one by one add a spot mic to the toms, but more than likely it won't help much without causing more problems.
    Hope this can help you a little.

  4. Awesome. Thanks a lot for the tips guys. If anybody else has more suggestions, I'm open to some experimenting.

  5. Also, our drummer just added two toms to the set. It's a Tama Swingstar 7-piece now. Are there any other techniques needed for more toms?
  6. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    Once you start adding individual mics to ALL the toms it all gets more complicated and keeping things natural gets harder.

    Metal drums made up of samples and twisted EQ'd drums is at one end of the scale but is typical when you want to create thunder
    ... the more simple kick, snare, OH and perhaps single room mic will give a natural sound but requires the comments above.

    keep practicing
  7. 132435

    132435 Guest

    Make sure the drums are tuned well, and if you still have the tama heads on, then replace them if you can. Make sure to check all the little things, like the snares being in good shape, not twisted or broken. Check out the cymbal stands to make sure there not rattling or too tight that they choke the cymbal. Most importantly, make sure the drummers playing with good technique; hitting in the center of the drums each time, keeping faster playing clean, etc.

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