I don’t really have a true post this week because I’m on vacation, but here’s something for your weekend.
Apogee Electronics has been releasing videos lately on recording drums featuring one of my all-time favorite engineers, Bob Clearmountain, and one of my all-time favorite drummers, Matt Chamberlain. This week they released a video on using multiple mics which is probably closest to what we typically would do for live sound.
I love this video because I’ve been using these same mic techniques on drums for years, although some of my mic choices tend to be a little different. Especially note what Clearmountain says about positioning the tom mics. I see so many live engineers do the exact opposite and wonder why their drum sounds aren’t hitting their true potential.
At any rate, the video is embedded below. Enjoy!
if i have a very loud drum fill i tend to close mic toms as far as i can.
That makes sense.