So just out of curiosity, how many of you guys mic your kits at home? If so why and what are you using?
Yeah I'm not talking to run through speakers to amplify themI see no point in it. Drums are loud enough in a home setting. If I want to record myself, I can do so with a few well placed room mics.
If you play live, the acoustic sound of your kit will be somewhat alien, could be a distraction. I guess you could bring your mics and a mixer to feed yourself the miked sound. If you want to hear the drums better, it will be cheaper and easier to buy high quality earplugs. The audiologist-fitted ones would run maybe $250, but the Etymotics/Hearos aren't terrible, at under $15 with a little shopping.Yeah I'm not talking to run through speakers to amplify them
I've been contemplating putting up like 2 overheads and a kick mic to use for practicing and rehearsing or playing to a track and running those into my in ears to hear a clearer/true tone of the drums instead of a muffled one. Also maybe to possibly get into dabbling with recording myself but that's not anytime in the near future.
Just something I've been thinking about in my spare time.
Have you noticed this changing your kit's balance? Is the kick drum still audible in a band situation?I've just started practicing with my Audix D6 in the bass drum porthole so I can hear the bass drum better, it's made a big difference to my practice since I don't need to play so hard in order to 'feel' when I'm playing good strokes so it's helpful for developing speed and accuracy.
Well, on the tour I did recently I realised I was trying to play harder than was necessary to get a good sound out FOH, and it was making playing more effort than it needed to be, so there was room for me to back off a bit. I've always had a tendency to play extremely hard/loud so it's unlikely I'd ever have major issues in that area. It's more of an issue of articulacy/efficiency.Have you noticed this changing your kit's balance? Is the kick drum still audible in a band situation?