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Recording And Amplifying Drums
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Indian Subsonic Kick Drum Sound
If you have ever had the pleasure of seeing Trilok Gurtu, Johnny Kalsi or Pete Lockett play their version of a western drumset, you can't help but be struck by the sound of the kick drum (usually played by the left hand)

There is a little secret to how that sound is achieved, one could argue that it ignores the conventional tone generation principles of the head delivering the tone. In fact it is working below the lowest tuning point of the head and is subsonic in many cases. It works because the mic still picks up the low freq of the membrane movement and also a good balance of impact from the beater

it's very simple and hugely effective, the sole restriction however is that it requires to be amplified using a large diaphragm mic to function effectively.

Here's how it is done...

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Micing a Bodhran

bodhranRecording / 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 considerations along the signal path from the mic to the loudspeaker.

The first of them is choosing a suitable microphone (or two) for the job. All microphones sound different and behave differently.

I would like a bodhrán mic to have:

  • good transient response; some mics are better than others in reproducing sounds with sharp attacks
  • excellent frequency response throughout the audible frequency spectrum; there's lots of tonal variance with a bodhrán and you want to capture both the low thumping and the brittle popping
  • suitable overall sound; one microphone's frequency response may suit better to my drum and my playing than another's
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