XY micing

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Member Since: Apr 27, 2002

colonel sanders hit on this in a previous thread...does anyone know where i can find pictures or diagrams of this...i get how the mics are positioned in relativity to eachother...but not in relativity to the drum set....like....do they point straight down or at an angle? are they primarily set-up behind the drummer or in front of the set? i just dont get it...like...i do...but i dont...

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Hold 'Em Czar
Since: Dec 30, 2004

Mar 22, 2005 05:15 pm

no rules for that bro....that's your call i like to go about a foot above the drummers head pointing a bit down on the cymbals....but if you're not miking the toms individually you might wanna point them more on the toms....put the mic right up to your nose and look straight down at that the mic to see what the mic "see's"

also do a "soundcheck recording" of different positions and listen to what sounds better.

again, no right or wrong on this


Since: Aug 17, 2004

Mar 23, 2005 07:50 pm

hey PA, i can email you some scans of a book i have if you want....... but theres probably a link anyways

XY mics are most commonly at 90 degrees angles to eachother, so the right mic is pointing to the left side of the kit and vice versa. From what ive experienced they are usally set up over the centre of the front of the kit.

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