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Recording Drums
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Miking for Recording

Recording Drums

Before we get to actually using microphones in the studio, we need to look at what makes microphones different. Once that is understood, you can choose the right mic for the sound you want.

There are many different kinds of microphone pickup patterns (how the mic hears). Here's...

Recording a Snare
Recording a Snare Drum

By Lyle Caldwell 

Snare - What you usually want is a microphone that will handle the volume level and emphasize the attack of the snare while minimizing the bleed from other drums, especially the high hats. A cardioid dynamic is usually the ticket. Try placing the mic about 1-2"...Read More >>

Recording the Kick
Recording the Kick Drum

By Lyle Caldwell


Bass drum - do you want more click? More boom? Or natural?
To emphasize the attack, you may want to place the mic inside the drum, about 3-4" away from the spot where the beater meets the batter head. Try angling the mic slightly, which allows you to c...

Recording Tom Toms
Recording Tom Toms

Toms - not too different from snares in miking technique, but you often want to choose a mic with more low-end response, depending on tom size and tuning. As an example, an 8" tom may sound great with an SM57, but a 16" tom may sound better with an MD421.

You can change the angle...

Recording Hats & Cymbals
Recording Hats and Rides

By Lyle Caldwell 

Hi-hats and rides - while you normally get plenty of both in your overheads, for some styles you may want to have more control on their level in the mix. Cymbals usually sound much better if you use condenser mics, though dynamics can work. On hi- hats, try using a...Read More >>

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Overhead Micing
Overhead MikingOverhead Miking

There are two ways to view overheads:

The main stereo pair- gives you the bulk of the drum sound, with maybe kick and snare added for reinforcement. Usually very natural (t...
Separation and phasing isues
Separation and phasing

Placement of microphones in different positions relative to the drumset and to eaxh other brings a couple of implications that shoukd be considered

  • Separation between microphones and the repre...
Wise old engineers say ...
Important Tips for Recording DrumsA few recording tips from experienced heads
  • First, compressors and limiters, like gates, should usually be left until mixing. Yeah, famous engineers may do it, and you've read about it in a...Read More >>
Recording the bodhran
Micing a Bodhran

Recording / Amplifying the Bodhran 

(c)Mii - Finland 

Reproducing the sound of a bodhrán can be tricky because of the drum's wide tonal range. In addition, there are many...Read More >>

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