Recording Drums with 2 Mics

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Member Since: Sep 15, 2004

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I'm just getting my studio off the ground and only own two mics at this point. I have a fairly nice condensor mic that I've been using for vocals and acoustic guitar. I also have a standard dynamic mic. Any suggestions on how these two mics could be placed on a 3 piece drum kit to get the best sound? Right now I have the condensor about 5 feet back from the kit on a mic stand, and the dynamic on the snare. I dont expect the best sound using two mics, but I'd like to get the best I can with the equipment I have. Thanks!!

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Lost for words with all to say.
Since: Sep 12, 2003

Dec 14, 2004 10:16 am

What 3 pieces do you have? Kick, snare and hat?

Bane of All Existence
Since: Mar 27, 2003

Dec 14, 2004 10:23 am

i'd put the mic on the kick

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Dec 14, 2004 10:24 am

Yeah, I'm with Minkus, put the dynamic on the lick (back a few inches so you don't destroy is and use the condensor as an overhead type of "catch all" mic. The snare WILL come thru from a distance, kick maybe not.

Since: Sep 15, 2004

Dec 14, 2004 05:17 pm

I guess "3 piece drum kit" wasn't accurate. I have a kick, a snare, hi-hat, 10 inch tom and a floor tom. As for cymbals, I have a ride, crash, and a small splash. I've been testing things out and I think the dynamic mic on the kick and condensor catching all works the best. Thanks for your help!!

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