recording seperate drum tracks with 2 channels....

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Member Since: Oct 30, 2003

hey everyone

i will soon be recording a local band's demo for them, with my basic home setup. i am doing it for free as this will be my first recording of music played by anyone other than myself!

my computer recording setup uses a phonic mm1002 mixer into an audiophile 2496, running cubase se. my questions is about using this setup to record simultaneously onto different tracks.

although i will be upgrading my setup to incorporate a delta 44 by the end of this year, for the time being i am making do with the stereo inputs of my audiophile. as you can imagine, the prospect of recording a live drum kit with this is a bit daunting, but i am sure that i have read about a method of doing this which can make the process easier....

am i right that i could do the following?...

1. mic the kit up with 2 mics (i was thinking one on the kick, one overhead.)
2. run those two mics through my desk, panning the kick hard left and the overhead hard right.
3. record as i usually do from the outputs of my desk to the inputs of my audiophile
4. record onto a stereo track in cubase
5. end up with the kick drum and overhead on seperate tracks, which i could then edit seperately

if this is possible, will the kick and overhead be panned left and right in the resultant recording in cubase, and will it be possible to move these back to centre?

sorry if that was a bit of a drawn out description.... any help greatly appreciated as always


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...bringing sexy back
Since: Jul 01, 2002

Mar 24, 2005 08:54 am

exactly right, ive done it, works well.

Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Mar 24, 2005 08:55 am

if you record them as stated, you could track them in mono (usually microphones are). They'd be centered that way. If you record the tracks each in stereo, then yes they'd be left and right. I wouldn't do it that way though, record them in mono, then add pan later in cubase.

If it were me, I'd get a few more mics and mic the kick, snare, and two overheads. Run those into the mixer, mix and EQ them to get them to sound as good as possible, then put the two left mics onto the left output, and the two right mics onto the right output. This way you get a better overall sound (more mics) and also can play with a slight panning for stereo effect.

The way you've described would work as well, I just think it'd be a little more difficult to get a good balanced sound from the whole kit. Possible, but more difficult.


Hold 'Em Czar
Since: Dec 30, 2004

Mar 24, 2005 11:23 am

pjk got to it before i could!!! i agree 100% if you have more mics available.

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Mar 24, 2005 10:25 pm

Mccarty, yes just set up to record as you stated. Then the tracks can be panned however you like. Just make sure to set your recording software to record the left and right as mono channels not stereo. Then all will be good.

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