Recording Drums with vocals Mics

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by SON4R, Dec 28, 2007.

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  1. SON4R

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    So we have about 2 condensers and 1 sm57 for my snare. Ad we have about 8 vocal mics. Is there any easy way to record drums with vocal mics?
  2. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    Yeah, leave them out of the equation.

    Use your condensers as overheads, use your 57 on your kick and call it a day. You might need to boost the lows just a little on your 57 for the kick, but not too much or it will get downright bad sounding.

    Don't try to mic all the drums in the kit. The drum kit is 1 instrument, not 15.


  3. drstudio

    drstudio Active Member

    Nov 16, 2007
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    What are your "Vocal Mics"?
    Sms58's? You'd be surprised what you can get out of those.

    I've heard that Brendan O'Brian used to mic the entire Kit with 57's....Of course They were likely going through neve 1073's.

    I agree with Cucco that you should be able to get a good sound with just the OH's and a 57 on kick, but I wouldn't discount the other mics entirely. Experiment, and see what happens. You can always record all the drum tracks, and discard the channels that don't work for you, as long as Overheads are descent.
  4. SON4R

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    no our vocal mics are mix and match pretty much. We have like 2 really nice vocal mics about 4 decent ones and about 2 horrible ones. We dont even use the horrible ones.

    But thanks I will just mess around with it.
  5. cfaalm

    cfaalm Active Member

    Feb 21, 2005
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    I mic the snare with a Beyer M300(C), sometimes only the bottom with a SM58 on top. It can be done. Just listen if it sounds good to you. Can the mic handle the sound. Of course, you don't need to mic every part if you can position the overheads good.

    To get more tom in your overhead mics place the overhead mics left and right of the drummers head facing the skins of the toms. Experiment with distance between mics and distance from kit.

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