Originally Posted by MrLeadFoot
I guess we agree that close mic'ing typically sounds better.;-)
No, not sounds better. Recordings that utilize close miking are easier to work with and it gives the producers/engineers more option to work with. The more options you have and the more points in space that you capture the sound, the more control you have over the resultant sound of the drums. That is the benefit; not necessarily sound quality.
I personally can't stand the sound of hot close miking.. it not the way the drums actually sound to me. But if I were a prolific studio musician appealling to the likes of various producers, I'd use as many mics as I can.. close, far, medium, farther, wherever, whatever, everywhere, everything.