New to recording drums, need some advice

Discussion in 'Drums' started by nortontea, May 4, 2004.

  1. nortontea

    nortontea Guest

    Im about to have a band come over to use my home studio to record a demo cd, I have an shure sm57 and a pl76 condnser. Mic placement advice is much appreciated. Note that i have no money to go buy new equipment :( .

    Thanks! :D
  2. TomMaag

    TomMaag Guest

    You need to tell us more about what you are recording before anyone can recommend mic placement techniques. What are you recording too?
  3. by

    by Guest

    Suggestion.... Sm57 behind the kit, over drummers right shoulder aimed at center of snare. The condenser in front of kit, level with snare, somewhere between 3-6 feet away. You'll want to get a good balance of kick, toms, cymbals - that is key. If the drummer can't play balanced, then it might never work. You could also try close micing the kick and snare, letting the loud cymbals bleed through. It'll take alot of tweaking, but just try alot of different positions and keep note of what sounds better.
  4. nortontea

    nortontea Guest

    to tom

    (To Tom) Ill be recording the whole band, but i only need advice for recording drums, ive been recording bass, guitars and vocals for a while and pretty skilled at that, but this would be my first time recording drums.
  5. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Whittier, California, USA
    if you only have 2 mics, By gave you the way to place them, follow his advice. If you can beg or borow a couple of small condensers, try them for overheads as well.
  6. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    I would put the 57 on the kick drum and place the condenser over the kit, at cymbal height over the toms, in the middle of the kit.. ala 60's old school method.
  7. TamaSabian

    TamaSabian Active Member

    Jan 27, 2004
    I´ve recorded drums with two mics using the setup suggested by BY, but with one dynamic (SM57) just for the snare, the OH in front of the kick 3 o 4 feet. The problem with it is that you will need to boost the EQ looking for some low end.
    I think that Cedar´s suggestion will work better. All you have to do is experiment.

    TS :wink:
  8. tripnek

    tripnek Active Member

    Jun 9, 2003
    I'll second Kurt's (Cedar Flat Fats) suggestion.

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