Posted on Feb 26, 2004 09:44 am
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Member Since: Feb 03, 2003
Okay, I know this is my third question in the last 10 minutes, but I'm a recording addict. I read this forum all the time, and I'm amazed at the quality responses that you people give.
Honestly, I'm pretty happy with my recording quality. I have a 16 track digital recorder, and I have been using 5 of those tracks for drums.
Well, I just bought some equipment to let me easily transfer tracks from my recorder to my computer to mix there, which obviously now gives me unlimited tracks to work with. I plan on still using my recorder to record the tracks, because it's easier to have that working with my headphone system.
I can run 8 inputs at a time.
With the 5 tracks, I had kick, snare, right room (close to the kit, between the high hat and the first tom), left room (close to the kit, between the ride and the floor tom), and one condenser straight in front of the kick, back about a foot or a foot and a half to pick up the middle toms and the crash cymbals. I got pretty impressive results with that, but like I said, I'm an addict, and I am always looking for ways to do better.
It's a 7 peice kit... one kick, one snare, five toms.
My thought is with the extra tracks I could mic the snare and the kick like always, then mic the two high toms with one mic, the two mid toms with one mic, and the floor tom by itself. Then I thought I could use another mic as an overhead above the cymbals (maybe not the condenser... that picks up the bass drum too well even from higher up).
That leaves me two extra inputs that I could use if I wanted to. I know sometimes too many mics on the drums can make them hard to mix, but on the other hand, I could mic the high hat and the ride so I could pull them out a bit more in the mix, too.
What are your suggestions?
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