Recording drums with 2 mics

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

  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

    Mar 22, 2004
    New Delhi, India
    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...

  3. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    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!

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