NEED HELP WITH DRUM MIC-ING
Posted on Jan 03, 2006 11:26 pm
Member Since: Jan 03, 2006
I HAVE An EIGHT TRACK RECORDER THAN CAN ONLY RECORD TWO TRACKS AT A TIME, AND ONLY HAS TWO MIC IMPUTS AND TWO GUITER/BASS IMPUTS IS THERE ONLY WAY I CAN RECORD DRUMS WITH IT? AND IF SO HOW?
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Jan 03, 2006 11:50 pm Hi there Sheffo. You might want to either record/ mike up the kick and the snare as the two most important drums on the kit OR if you want stereo, You might want to try the "Two sticks" method. Try placing a condenser overhead microphone about 2 sticks above the snare drum, and another overhead condenser microphone, also 2 sticks from the snare drum, but above the floor tom.... sorta ends up being nice and balanced capturing everything in the kit quite nicely in stereo, but closer than usual with a nice snare and high hat capture this way without too many phase issues, but it might lack bass/kick punch, which you may have to bring out with some low end EQ.
Kaos62Kaos is only a form of insanityMember
Jan 04, 2006 05:17 am Hi sheffo & welcome to HRC
Since: Feb 03, 2005
In your follow on question regarding the mixer you can as michelle points out mic up your kit end feed out of your mixer left & right going into your tracking device. I would use a minimum of 3 mics for the kit which can give you a good overall image of the kit if properly done. Remember to tune your drums religiously and play around with the mic placement to give you the best sound possible. 2 condensers and one dynamic for the kick drum will do the trick.
Jan 04, 2006 02:16 pm If you have a couple good condendor mics you might consider standing or sitting in front of the kit while a drummer plays it. When you find the spot that is sweetest to your ears, place the condensor mics right where your ears are.
Since: Dec 28, 2005
If you don't have condensors, try it with whatever you have. The idea is, you want the mics to hear what your ears hear. If you have a small well deadened room you might get a decent recording this way. If the room is too live, this might turn out to be more live than you want, but with just two mics it's hard to get that perfect "produced" sound.
Noize2uCzar of MidiAdministrator
Jan 04, 2006 10:43 pm Hey sheffo, welcome to HRC as well. The mixer idea will work great if one is available. Otherwise Dragonorchid hit it spot on suing the 2 mic close in technique. You can also try moving them out front of the kit at the levels Dragonorchid suggested and it should pick up more of the kick drum.
Since: Apr 04, 2002
You dont mention the type of 8 track recorder you are using, this would help us a bit in giving you an idea of the direction to take.
Also, you might want to not type in all caps, that is considered yelling in forums as well as all over the internet.
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