Micing Drums

bojangleman

Platinum Member
cheapest way would be the search bar..

lol...

in all seriousness, prolly just 2 over heads...or 1 on the snare and 1 on the kick..

how big of venues we talking about?

and how much is your budget?

Alex
 

tbmills

Gold Member
yeah you can easily mic a kit with just two mics.
are you doing a studio recording? or live miking?

if your recording, use the recorderman technique

if your miking for live, id mic the bass and snare or
if your snare is already loud, (like mine...) mic the bass and over the hihat

when my band gigs, i only mic my bass drum just to give it some extra volume. i have found that the volume of your kick and snare, for the most part, ARE the volume of your whole kit... if that makes any sense.

EDIT: shure sm57's are great all-around mics. get a pair of these and youll never get rid of them, even if you upgrade to a $1500 mic package these microphones are always useful to have. they can be used on a kick, hihat, toms, guitars, and vocals, but are THE industry standard for snare drums.
 

rmandelbaum

Platinum Member
I own a complete mic kit, the reason I say this is even in spite of that, I still only mic the kick 90% of the time. I play bars most of the time. You can hear everything but it just give it a little more bottom end. If I am in a bigger room, Kick - Snare and Over heads will get the job done. The only time I hassle close micing on the toms is on a larger out doors gig.

Trust me, the more you set up, the more you have to tear down.
 

king fail

Senior Member
I have absolutely no experience recording drums, but i thought you needed a mixer... no?
can anyone enlighten me?
 

rmandelbaum

Platinum Member
If you want to use more them one mic at a time then yep, you need a mixer.

I think we all assumed this was a given so we did not talk about it.

I think we all also assumed he was talking about live performance.

maybe we need more info?
 
I have absolutely no experience recording drums, but i thought you needed a mixer... no?
can anyone enlighten me?
With what im told yea u need a mixer and then the mixer has a usb cord that feeds into a computer(my other band mate is gunna buy the mixer) :)
 
If you want to use more them one mic at a time then yep, you need a mixer.

I think we all assumed this was a given so we did not talk about it.

I think we all also assumed he was talking about live performance.

maybe we need more info?
Yes im sorry i guess u guys do need more info. Im mainly looking for live and some recording but i may end up doing a good bit of recording.
 
M

Mystic

Guest
Hmm I noticed bass drums are really quiet on recordings, but my band is only using 1 mic to record everything, should I get a couple bass drum mics and run them through the port holes?
 

konaboy

Pioneer Member
Hmm I noticed bass drums are really quiet on recordings, but my band is only using 1 mic to record everything, should I get a couple bass drum mics and run them through the port holes?
For a single bass drum one mic is all that is needed, if you are running two bass's then 2 mics. It will help if you get a true bass drum mic that is designed to handle the frequency. Something like the Audix D6, Shure Beta 52 or, AKG D12.
 
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