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Old 12-25-2009, 06:36 PM
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i have 2 usb microphones that i'm using to record my drums. what would be the best placement for them. i use to put just one directly overhead and in the center of the drums, but now i'm not sure. any suggestions?
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Old 12-25-2009, 08:01 PM
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5Fjuz7jXzs

This video gives some useful information on using only 2 mics. I've fooled around with this setup and you can get some decent sound, though a lot of it depends on the mics you have. See if it works for you, or just try different things. Experiment.
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Old 12-25-2009, 08:11 PM
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If both mics are condensors, try one over head (your head) about 6 to 7 feet off the floor and the other about 2 feet off the ground about 2 or 3 feet in front of the kit. You should get a decent picture of your drum sound.

Careful on your levels with the mic out in front of your bass drum.
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well the mics are rock band mics so i doubt they are condensers, because i dont even know what that means lol. and i don't have the money to go out and buy nice equipment (my parents wouldn't even let me..i'm 17) so this works fine for me and i get surprisingly good quality out of them. should i still put one in front or put them both overhead?
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i have 2 usb microphones that i'm using to record my drums. what would be the best placement for them. i use to put just one directly overhead and in the center of the drums, but now i'm not sure. any suggestions?
Here's a guide from Shure. http://www.shure.com/ProAudio/Resour...rces_recording (about halfway down). I guess with 2 mics the key is going to be whether you can adjust the recording levels. The guide says 'it's a matter of personal taste' so I guess wherever you want to although your cymbals may dominate the recording. You might find it useful to buy a couple of mic boom stands to help you with placement.
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A few more resources/techniques:

http://www.tape.com/resource/stereo_...echniques.html

http://www.needlz.com/stellent/group...cstudio_ea.pdf

http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/1997...reomiking.html

FYI: i chose spaced pair using Earthworks M30's and took about 8 hours to decide final technique / placement / angle (because part of my targeted audience were engineers, mastering folks, testing facilities... and very high-end audiophiles so precision was paramount). Must admit, it took a lot more effort than imagined yet wanted to be completely sure of finding the very best possible.
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