Recording a 3 piece band

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by Sound_Guy, Mar 6, 2008.

  1. Sound_Guy

    Sound_Guy Guest

    Heres what i'l be using: M-Audio Fast Track Ultra, PC-XP, 1 Shure SM58,2 SM-57's, any recommendations on a kick drum mic? i was going to use another SM58 because thats what i have laying around.

    My drummer brought up something interesting and he just wants to have 1 mic to record the whole band. Now to do this im assuming an omnidirectional mic would work best. the room is 15x15, the mic would be hanging from the middle of the ceiling. I have been trying to find the best mic to do this job but im having trouble locating one. Any recommendations on what would be the best mic to use to record the whole band? (drums, guitar, bass, no vox)

  2. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001

    one mic for the whole band ?


    Calrec Sound Field

    just kidding ... very expensive

    one mic will take quite a bit of experimenting
    ... the best mic will probably turn out to be one of the condensers
    but as to whether it will be a large or small diaphram is hard to tell
    the room is the big factor

    15 x 15
    is that feet ... or metres ?
    I can't see where you are from so I can't make a guess
    how reverberant and does the wall and ceiling have absorbtion

    kick mic
    look for an ATM25 second hand
  3. Sound_Guy

    Sound_Guy Guest

    the room is 15x15 feet. has excellent acoustics, fully absorbed with sound proofing
  4. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    Blacksburg, VA
    What I would do is record the band with a stereo pair in ORTF configuration. Try it with your pair of 57's. Experiment with position of the instruments and the mic pair. This is very easy to do and will give a good audio picture of the band. Play as quietly as you can while maintaining your groove and energy level.

    If you like the technique, you can get a pair of small diaphragm condensers. These will be good for drum overheads if you ever move on to multitrack recording. I like the Rode NT55 as a starter SDC, but there are better mics for more money.

    There is a post on kick drum mic samples here.
  5. IIRs

    IIRs Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2005
    Try placing your omni mic on the floor in front of the drum kit.
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