Tips for special micing on a drumset

Discussion in 'Drums' started by JesterMasque, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. JesterMasque

    JesterMasque Active Member

    Jul 18, 2006
    Itasca, Illinois
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    Hey guys!

    So, I have been quite proud of my abilities to mic up and edit a large drum set over the past few years, although it has all been natural drums that I have produced. With my current musical project I want to use Superior Drummer for the bass drum and possibly even the snare and/or toms (It's progressive metal/ish). I have a fairly wide, but symmetrical, set that I will be using for the project (pictured).

    I was wondering if there are any overhead techniques to use in order to pick up as much of the cymbals as possible and reject the attack of the drums. I will have 16 inputs, 2-Oktava MK-012-01's, 1-AKG C414 XLS, 1-Sterling ST55, and host of other dynamic mics (see my profile for a full list if you need) available to make this work.

    If you have any questions, please ask! I have about a month before we actually commence recording, so I want to use this time to prepare for the production plan. Thanks so much!

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  2. jimmys69

    jimmys69 Active Member

    Apr 16, 2011
    Arvada Colorado
    For myself, I like the natural sound of the drums mixed with samples in metal styles. If you want a more complete isolation, you could use something like these and record the overheads separately.
  3. niclaus

    niclaus Active Member

    Dec 28, 2007
    Paris, France
    +1 for the mix between natural and samples.
  4. ChrisH

    ChrisH Active Member

    Nov 22, 2011
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    The overheads should be the main mics for recording the kit, you should place them to accurately pickup
    the whole kit, so the whole kit sounds natural.
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