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Now that you've placed all the microphones and experimented with different positions and approaches, it's time have a listen to see what we have. Here is the best way to do a sound check on the drums. For each drum that you're checking have the drummer do a steady slow beat on that drum only at about one hit per second. You don't want it hit too quickly because you want to hear the decay of the sound. Let's start with the kick drum. (music playing) Have the drummer begin with even hits on the kick drum about a second apart, so you can hear the decay.
Check that there are no overload or peak indicators lit. Then raise the level of the kick in the monitors to a moderately loud level. Check that the sound isn't distorting, and there are no crackles or loud mechanical noises from the kick. If there is see if you can isolate that unwanted sound and try to eliminate it. Try changing the mic cable first since that's usually where the problem is. If the drum doesn't sound right, try moving the mic to change the sound before you do anything. Move the mic closer to the beater if you need more definition or move it away if you need more body.
You can also try to aim the mic more at the shell of the drum if you need more body and less of the beater sound. If none of that gets you the sound you want, try a different mic. Sometimes one mic can make for an ideal combination with the particular kick drum, while another just doesn't work. When you're finished, mute or lower the kick drum channel, then move on to the snare. (music playing) Use the same method on each of the other drums and cymbals. (music playing) It doesn't sound right, change the tuning. Add or decrease the muffling.
Change the position of the mic or change the mic. (music playing) And that's how we do a drum sound check. For each drum that you're checking have the drummer do a steady slow beat on that drum only at about one hit per second so you can hear the decay of the sound.
Something doesn't sound right, change the tuning or add or subtract some muffling, then change of position of the mic, and then finally change out the mic. (music playing)
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