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While the previous technique is used mainly for miking the cymbals, this next technique is designed to pick up the entire drum kit. Let's look at how the overhead mics are positioned to make this happen. In this configuration, two identical mics are crossed at about a 110 degree angle and about 7 inches apart, which is a stereo miking technique called ORTF. We'll talk about this technique more in the chapter on stereo miking techniques. This setup is a little more difficult, in that you'll need to heavy-duty boom stands and some patience to position the mics correctly.
But you can also use a stereo positioning bar that's specially made for this purpose. Place two identical directional microphones in the ORTF configuration over the exact center of the drum kit, about a foot over the drummer's head. Adjust the gain, so it's the same for both mics and pan them hard left and right. (music playing) Have the drummer play the song that you're about to record and listen in the control room. You should clearly hear the entire kit with the cymbals being a bit louder. The sound of the kit should now be more balanced, but notice how much more of the room you can hear.
(music playing) Usually this technique doesn't work well with low 10 foot ceilings, since the mics capture a lot of spill that might not sound that great. Also, if your room doesn't sound that good to begin with, this is probably not the technique to use.
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