Metal Drum mic up issue with FIREPOD Channel 3-8:( pls HELP!

Discussion in 'Drums' started by xtron, Jan 12, 2006.

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  1. xtron

    xtron Guest

    hi there...2 u all...i really need some advice from u all....pls help me out.

    me and my friend had spent loads of money to make a home studio for our DEATH metal band..and we kinda got everything now.

    here how we r facing trouble.

    we got a MAC and CUEBASE SE3 Full version (purchased).
    and i have a massive KIT...below is the pic

    we bought the firepod, thinking that 8 mic in put simultaniously will help us to record my drumming, so i bought 8 mics aswell.
    1 for BASS
    1 for Snare + Hi hat
    2 Overhead
    3 Toms
    1 Ride + X-Hihat (its not in da pic cause i purchased the X hihat after i took the pic)

    now thats 8 mics for capturing the Drum sound.

    as some of u may have kno that out of 8 inputs in FIREPOD 2 are instrument input so the sound comes loud...and very nice

    but from 3-8 are line inputs...and its very low sound...but i was wondering if we can get sound like instrument input in all inputs..:(

    we failed to solve this PLEASE HELP ME>>>

    tell me what i can do to boost up the 3-8 this 6 inputs gain....???????

    i will be really appriciate if u all help me out in this...

    tell me any tips i can use or another device to boost it up...anything...

    ill b anxiously waiting for ur replyies...

  2. Digipenguin

    Digipenguin Guest

    You'll need to get the mic levels up to line level. You'll need a preamp for each of those mics. You can buy them individually like this:
    or purchase a multi mic preamp such as this:
  3. IIRs

    IIRs Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2005
    Like he said: you already have 2 mic pre-amps for your first input pair, now you need another 6 for the rest. Your cheapest option may be a used Mackie 1402VLZpro mixer which has 6 respectable pre-amps built in.

    You may also find you need to cut a hole in that kick drum head to get the mic inside.. otherwise it will probably sound more trad jazz than death metal!
  4. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    Here's a cheap trick you can try.

    Just purchase the radio shack matching transformer that has a female XLR to 1/4" male plug. These transformers have a winding ratio of 10:1 (or somewhere thereabouts) which means it will give you 10 DB of " free gain" boost into the instrument inputs turning them in to microphone like inputs. That might provide enough gain while recording drums through the 1/4" " instrument inputs". They are generally more sensitive than regular line inputs and the additional 10 DB may just do the trick. But of course for what you will spend on even cheap Radio Shaft matching transformers, you can probably buy a decent used Mackie or equivalent mixer with better microphone inputs?

    Remy Ann David
  5. Ok are you talking Presonus Firepod here? Because the firepod has 8 mic pres. The RME Fireface has 2 pres and additional inputs. With 8 pres on a firepod you wouldn't be having this problem.
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