Posted on Sep 23, 2006 12:53 pm
Member Since: Sep 23, 2006
Hey, I'm new here and I don't know much about recording drums, so please bear with me. I have a Shure PG mic kit with 3 tom/snare mics and 1 kick mic....I record in a room that's probably around 16x20ft with a high, triangular ceiling and carpet floors. There are many objects in the room, but no curtains. It's a metal(aluminum?) building with styrofoam insulation. I heard that little/no curtains makes cymbals sound bad, but my problem is that I'm getting too much cymbal in my overall mix. I don't even use overheads...I mic my snare, 2 toms(not the floor tom) and kick drum. I put all my faders on my submixer at 0, then hit each drum individually and turn the record level up until the meter on the mixer reaches the top peak of the yellow light, but before it fades into the red light, and then i record a sample and lower my faders until I get the drums to sound pretty equal in levels, but no matter what, I have too much cymbal. It sounds loud and annoying...I've tried moving my cymbal higher up away from the toms (where I think I'm getting the most bleed), I've tried angling the mics different ways, I've tried taking some of the high EQ out...but I still get that piercing cymbal in the background. I don't know what i've done wrong, because the first recording I ever made didn't have this problem...I put the mics on the drums, made a decent sound check, then just recorded and the cymbals came out great, just enough to hold the drum sound together but not drown the mix...but now, the mics have been moved some because I don't want other people playing my drums while the mics are attached, and I don't know, I tried putting them back in the same spots but it just doesn't sound the same. I'm running my mixer straight into my recorder, which only has 2 xlr inputs, so I'm submixing and can't go back to edit individual drum parts...someone please give me some ideas on how i could fix this? THANKS FOR ANY AND ALL REPLIES!!!
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