Drum Mic Set Up

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a.k.a. Porp & Mr. Muffins
Member Since: Oct 09, 2002

Okay-- I'm recording a demo, and I've been getting pretty good drum quality, but as usual, I always want it to sound better. The microphones I have are:

1. Groove Tubes GT66 Tube condensor
2. Sennheiser evolution vocal mic.
3. Sure SM57
4. Old Sony condensor mic.
5. Old Sony condensor mic.

I don't know how good the 2 Sonys are (They're real old), but I seem to get a fairly decent sound out of them, about as good as the Sennheiser. Right now I'm only using 3 of them on the set, the GT66, the Sennheiser, and the SM57. I put the SM57 on the snare, the Sennheiser in the bass drum, and the Groove Tubes as an overhead to pick up everything else. (I know this isn't the best idea... And so now I'm thinking about how I should incorporate the two Sonys into the mix, and I'm not sure what would be the best set up. There are only 2 toms on the set when we record, and a ride and crash cymbal as well. I know I want to keep the Sennheiser in the bass drum (I think) and I want to keep the SM57 on the snare. I think the GT66 would be best for the overhead (Since it's a condensor and the best mic I have), but it's usually recommended you have a pair with one on each side. So how should I distribute these 3 mics around the set?

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Since: Apr 03, 2002

Dec 06, 2002 09:58 am

I think, with the gear you have, I would put the two sony's flanking the kit and pan them left and right to get the stereo image of the drums, I would put the 57 on the snare (and hopefully grab some highhat too) The Sennheiser on the kick and the Groovetubes overhead. WHich you may not need depending on how the sonys work on either side.

a.k.a. Porp & Mr. Muffins
Since: Oct 09, 2002

Dec 06, 2002 02:47 pm

Okay, thanks. I'll try that out, maybe tonight or the next time we do some recording.

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