Recording Your Kit with Minimal Gear



With the continuing interest in minimal mic techniques for recording a drumkit, I thought I would demonstrate my technique.

What it sounds like

You will have to forgive the playing, its terrible.

7pc M Birch. 22" kick with 8/10/12/14/16 toms. Snare is a blacrolite 14"x5"

Heads -
Kick - PS3 front and back
Snare - Coated Emperor batter with Hazy ambassador snare side
Toms - White suede Ambassador batter with clear ambassador reso

An Evans EQ pad with the small end touching the batter of the kick is the only muffling on the kit

Kick - Shure Beta 52
Snare - Shure SM57
OH's - CAD M177 with -20 pad engaged

I use a blend of what is often referred to as the "Glyn Johns" method and the "Recorderman" technique.

The kick drum mic is located just outside the reso head port as seen here:

The snare mic is peeking just over the rim of the snare with the capsul directly over the rim of the drum as seen here:

The left OH is directly over the snare and pointed at the right edge of the snare drum. In my case the capsule is 44.5" above the center of the snare batter head

The right OH is directly over and between the 2 floor toms. The capsule of this mic is also 44.5" from the center of the snare batter. This is by design and is meant to help keep the snare in the center of the image. I was not concerned about maintaining equal distance from the kick drum

A few more pics to help show the location of the OH's

Mixed with appropriate EQ/Compression to taste and a pinch of reverb as desired the result is the audio sample above


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Your recording sounded fine! I use similar techniques when I record. I use 6 inexpensive Nady mics mounted in a similar fashion. I put them through an 8 pre interface. I also sometimes just use a single usb mic that is made by Samson. I get a real live sound from that method also.