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Old 08-11-2009, 02:25 PM
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Drum Mics


There are four different mics suggested by the Sound Pros. Whether your on a high or low budget, you can do the best with what ever you have. Still the best approach is still trial and error depending on the acoustics of the room and mic placements.

SNARE:
Top - Shure SM57
Bottom - Shure SM57, AKG 452, Neumann KM 184

TOMS:
Sennheiser 421, AKG 414, Shure SM 57, Blue 'The Ball" (any model)

BASS
(Kick Outside Mics):
Preferred Mics - AKG D112, AKG D12, EV RE-20
Other Mics - Blue "The Ball".

For particular Kick recordings, some prefer one mic inside the res head and another outside at the same time.
INSIDE: Sennheiser 421
OUTSIDE: Blue "The Ball" or Neumann FET47.

OVERHEAD: AKG 452, Neumann KM184, AKG 414, Blue - lots of choices.

ROOM MICS: Neumann U67, Blue (lots of choices), AKG 414, or 2 matched condenser mics.

The most important issue about drum recordings is getting the best mics you can afford and Pre-Amps. If you get a decent mixer, they should provide you with good built-in pre-amps.
Mic placement should be about 4 to 6 inches from the drums and the overheads not closer than 2 feet above.

DRUM MICS - WHOLE KIT:
Kick - 1 inside
Snare - Top and Bottom
Toms - 1 mic on top of each.
Hi-hat - 1 mic on top
Overhead - Stereo Mics
Room Mics - Stereo or Mono
Ride Cymbal - Optional
Overhead - Stereo matched pair condenser any brand

5 Mic Setup:
Kick - 1 mic inside
Snare - Top & Bottom
Overhead - Stereo
matched pair condenser any brand

4
Mic Setup:
Kick - 1 mic inside
Snare - 1 mic Bottom only
Overhead - Stereo matched pair condenser any brand
3 Mic Setup:
Kick - 1 mic inside

Overhead - Stereo matched pair condenser any brand

ROOM ACOUSTICS:
Packing Blankets - GOBOS - Insulation

Notes: Inside the kick is for those who have a hole in the bass res head. Otherwise place the mic about 4-6 inches in front of the kick drum.

Overhead - Stereo matched pair condenser any brand also used for ambiance of the room

Good Luck and Happy Drumming.
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Re: Drum Mics


The Shure Beta 52 is another good kick drum mic that delivers very good low end.
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Re: Drum Mics


Yup the Beta 52's are good mics. One of my sons favorites. He's an Audio Engineer.

These are all suggestions from the pros. Even the 52's.

No grunts here Bro.
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What would I need to connect the mics? Because I can't just buy the mics, and they miraculously work, right?
Is there like a box or something?
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What would I need to connect the mics? Because I can't just buy the mics, and they miraculously work, right?
Is there like a box or something?

You will need a mixer that provides 48volts of phantom power and an interface to connect to your computer.

You'll also need a program that sees the interface adapter.
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Any suggestions? Not too expensive, but just one that'll work.
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Re: Drum Mics


What budget do you plan to invest?

Mic Setup #3 would probably be the best for you. Led Zepplin miked the drums in this manner for lots of their recordings.

Beringer makes a pretty god priced mixer. The Interface with software is another issue.

So shop around and see what you can find to meet your needs.
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ya, i was gonna mic up my set, im just too poor at the moment.... ha
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ya, i was gonna mic up my set, im just too poor at the moment.... ha
With the three mic setup you can get a pretty good sound. Led Zeppelin did most of their that way.

It's really not that much of an investment. I've even heard of bands getting some great recordings using "Garage Band".

I remember staring with only a pair of Dynamic Mikes back in the good old days. And we sounded pretty good too.
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Buy PreSonus FireStudio Project New Open Box | Audio Interfaces & Convertors | Audio Interfaces | Musician's Friend

Something like this is a good relatively cheap way to connect mics directly to a computer, no mixer needed. Also this interface records 8 simultaneous tracks at one time so if you bass drum was too loud you can just turn the volume down in the computer later. Recording with a mixer is a pain, thats what I'm stuck with for now, but soon I will get a multi track interface like the one i mentioned. They are very helpful!!!
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