Recording drums with 2 mics

Discussion in 'Drums' started by Squelch, Sep 26, 2005.

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  1. Squelch

    Squelch Guest

    I'm starting to record drums with two mics tomorrow (one dynamic above toms and snare and one condensor in front of the kit, I'm cheap like that). I was wondering if anyone has done this before and if anyone has any suggestions about the best way to EQ a single stereo track with all the drums in it. I'm trying to get it to sound fairly decent.
     
  2. Sidhu

    Sidhu Active Member

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    I often record drums using only two mics... The sound the artists desire is tending more Rock/Metal. I use one Dynamic insisde the Kik. Then one condencer (liking the NT1a now) bout 15-18 inches above the center of the two rack toms, bout 6-10 inches infront of the kit. Then I play with cymbal placements to get the right balance.

    We end up getting a tight tom sound, good overall balance and an in your face kick too.... the drummer might just need to hit the snare and hihat a bit harder... but if he is a hard hitting player, no problems...

    Sidhu
     
  3. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

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    Sure, it's quite possible to record drums with 2 mics - especially given the appropriate genre. (lower mic setups work great with jazz, some honkey-tonk style country and grunge rock).

    Often, I'll set up just 2 or 3 mics as my starting point and only begin to add mics if there is a significant deficiency.

    As for eq-ing - the best way to EQ a single track of all your drums is with proper placement. If you place it too close to the cymbals (or in the polar-patter line of fire) you'll obviously have excessive hf. If you aim it directly at the kick, you'll get nothing but bass.

    So, find a good spot in the room where, to you and your ears, the kit sounds balanced. Then place the mic right there. You will find that this creates a very natural and effect-free drum kit sound.

    Hope this helps!

    J.
     

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