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Old 02-17-2006, 12:58 AM
stairway27 stairway27 is offline
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Default Re: recording with 2 mics

Okay, here's my 2 cents. Having done a ton of recording both in pro studios and at home, if I had 2 mics, I'd place one in front of the drums about 3 feet away aimed at where the toms meet the kick drum. If you can, compress this mic. You'll get a good amount of kick drum without having to put a mic in the kick itself and you'll get a good amount of the mounted toms, plus cymbals.

Depending on how hard you hit your drums, the floor tom and snare won't be as prominent in what the main mic is picking up. So, put the other mic on the snare. Between the two, you should be able to get a decent, usable sound and you'll have the snare isolated for effects, if you use 'em. Alternatively, if you have a big room and leakage is not an issue, you could place one mic behind and above the kit pointing towards the snare drum and put the other mic on the kick. Again, compress the main mic, if possible, to help balance the kit. This will give you a more "Bonham-y" type sound and you can use the kick mic to add some "boom" to the main mic.

Also, since you have limited mics, don't be afraid to use EQ to help bring out different drums when using the one main mic. A little EQ in the right frequency can bring out the snare, toms, kick, etc.

Final comment, while I generally agree that recording drums in stereo produces a more "natural" sound, a lot of the early Zep stuff was mono drums and I doubt anyone can seriously say that the drums on the first two Zep records sucked. You'd be surprised how many great records had mono drums, even when stereo was the norm. A lot of Queen records have mono drums (guess they used all the other tracks for vocals and guitar!) and most people don't even notice it.

I think you just need to experiment with your 2 mics, your room, some compression and EQ and you'll be fine. Hope that helps.
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