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Old 03-07-2018, 08:20 PM
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Default Miking the bass drum... Help! :)

Hi Drummers, I'm trying to mic my PDP Z5 "low end" bass drum. I'm using a AKG 314 right now but soon I will be using an Audix F6 bass drum mic. I've added bass to the EQ after sending it into Ableton Live. It still doesn't sound very punchy and big and bassy. Right now I have a blanket inside. Also, there is no hole on the back side. I think eventually I will want a better bass drum but for right now what can I do??

Oh and, I'm micing from the back right now. I don't really have room in the front

Thank You! :)
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Old 03-07-2018, 11:01 PM
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Default Re: Miking the bass drum... Help! :)

First - almost any bass drum will sound good with the right heads and tuning. So try tightening/loosening the heads to get a good live doind.

Second - If you're mic'ing from the beater side, try fifferent positions,!hen try phase reverse on the mic, since the head is moving away from the mic instead of towards it.

Thirdly - EQ out the low mids between 250 - 500Hz, then see if you need to boost 80Hz and maybe 4KHz to emphasize the boom and the click parts of the sound.
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Old 03-08-2018, 04:22 AM
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Default Re: Miking the bass drum... Help! :)

Thank You MorrisMan, I took out the blanket and replaced it with a small pillow.
Then I moved the AKG 314 to the front.
I have an Audio Technica at2020 as an overhead that I gave a tad bit of reverb too.
Then I have a Shure SM57 on the snare. It sounds good to me.
Here is a sample.

I'm making drum lessons for my Nephew and so I've been going through all sorts of challenges trying to web cam my drums and still have good mic quality.

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Old 03-09-2018, 12:35 AM
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Have you considered a Kelly SHU mount to place the mic inside the bass drum?
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There is no reason that your current bass drum can't sound good. Having no front port hole is a problem, but, as Vintage Old School pointed out, the Kelly Shu mount would fix that.

I have no port in my reso head, either, but I use the Shu mount with an Audix D6 bass drum mic inside and it sounds great. Please consider using the D6 rather than the F6 mic. The D6 requires absolutely no eq, as it is already optimized for the bass drum. Some folks use a gate on it, but it's not an absolute necessity.

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