Mics placement

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Post Sat Dec 02, 2006 8:31 am

Hi everyobody!


I'd like to know how you place your mics when you record your drumset. Also, what / how many mics do you use? Any feedback appreciated.


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Post Tue Dec 05, 2006 10:14 am

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Post Tue Dec 05, 2006 2:00 pm

I'll try to pay more attention tomorrow night when I head back to the studio; while setting them up Sunday night I didn't look very closely at what was going where.

I know for sure we've got:

Shure beta 52, 14" out from bass head
Shure SM57 snare, 1" from head
Josephson stereo pair overhead; 6' up, V position

have to check toms. There's 3 different kinds of mics involved
we're planning to rotate them throughout the recording process to change up the tones a bit.
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Post Fri Dec 08, 2006 2:35 am

Thanks, m! You're very helpful :) What mics do you use for your toms?
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Post Fri Dec 08, 2006 6:32 am

we're starting with Audio Technica ATM35s on the 2 high toms, and will vary that from song to song.
Sennheiser 421 on right floor tom, Audio Technica AT4050 on left floor tom. Positioned as seen in the pics.

we rotate the following ribbon 'room' mics:

Soundelux U195
Beyer M160
Royer 121
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Post Wed Dec 13, 2006 5:11 pm

I usually use a 421 or a Beta52 inside the kick drum, about 5 inches away from the beater, blended with a large diaphragm condenser like a Neumann FET47. Snare is an Audix i5 on top and on bottom. Toms are 421's or 414's. Overheads really depend on the situation, there are limitless possibilities for that. I generally use a pair of 451's in a spaced pair fashion, about 3 feet above the cymbals.
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Post Sun Dec 17, 2006 3:10 pm

well i just did some recording in uni all we had was SM57 on tom , floor tom, one on snare top, a cheap thomann bass drum mic t bone BD100 i think, SM58 on hihats. and 3 overheads? 2 front left and right and one right behind me. never recorded to 3 overheads before.

the room is brilliant for recording best acoustics. once the track is fully done ill put up. hopefully ill get a recording before mastering as well.
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Post Mon Dec 18, 2006 8:29 pm

Im Using:

Sennheiser E602 Inside Kick Drum
AKG D112 in front of sound hole on Kick Drum

JTS - 505 on 8" 10" 12" toms

AKG C419 on 14" x 14" Floor tom

Sennheiser 835 on Snare top head.

AKG - D440 on Snare Bottom head.

AKG C990 x 2 Overheads.

Placement will vary depending on the mics you use and the room your in etc. Spend alot of time on trying different things.
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Post Tue Dec 19, 2006 3:08 pm

Two words: Glyn Johns:
one condenser mic 2 and a half sticks above the snare, one 2 and a half sticks 2 the left or right, (opposite hihat, above the floor tom) one 2 and a half sticks in the middle of both mics in front of the bass drum, use all condenser mics if you can it'll sound ace, i've used all types of micing techniques and this is by far the best, also it takes less time to setup/breakdown/mix, and as studios are expensive i'd recommend it.
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Post Tue Dec 19, 2006 4:13 pm

I'd like to try this setup, but it's not really in the budget right now:

http://neilpeart.com/news/images/studio_nep.jpg