Originally Posted by Der Trommler
Interesting situation. Did you ever draw any conclusion as to why that was Bo?
Never figured it out. The drum coulda' been a little out of round, but it happened if I had somebody else play the drum, it happened when we tried a different mic. Maybe all of our ears just liked it better when it was on the good side of the drum. It was a large drum, a 24", so that coulda' been it too. Smaller ones never had that issue. That was about five drumkits ago for me, so hopefully whoever owns it now loves it anyway!
About the compression issue, yes compression is important as it helps to "clean up" your signal a bit by pushing down on your dynamic range (keeping your really loud passages at an acceptable level), thus allowing you to bring your initial input up into the recorder. But in it's simplest form, you want to get a good signal to begin with from the mic, and just get that signal to the recorder.
If you can do that with what you have, then the recording game is almost won. There's so much you can do with just EQ, for example, and of course you'll later add reverb or some other effect. I try to keep the signal as uncomplicated as possible. In fact, if you leave your EQ alone, you should be able to experiment enough to find out how to get a great sound just by moving the mic around. Stick that bass drum mic far into the drum, then put it just outside the drum, try all kinds of positions until you get something you like. Then when you add EQ, it'll even sound better (or not), but that's what it is, you experiment, and if you have time, spend the time.
So although it's almost de riguer
that you have compression on your tracks, try getting a good sound first, then determine if compression is what you actually need. Through experimentation, you can eliminate using copius amounts of eq, because any kind of electronic altering to your signal will degrade your signal slightly, so it's best to start with a good sound before you have to rely on your recording software to help alter it.
That's where I'm coming from on that. I just want to start with good solid signals to begin with, then add stuff if you absolutely need it. I hope that helps!