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drum style percussion like congas and bongos are fairly easy to record if you know the trick. In this video, I'll show you the way to do it. See the movie on drum Tuning and use the same technique. It's also important to have a good sounding room at the hard floor for the best sound. While dynamic mics are sometime used, condenser mics are preferred because of their quick reaction time in order to capture the transients of the instrument. If you're using a mic for each drum, place each about 6 to 12 inches away aimed at the middle of the head, just like with toms on the drum kit.
For two drums like bongos or congas, place the mic between the drums but aim it slightly towards the drums that tuned higher. (music playing) Now replace the mic you're using with the another directional mic, but this time use a dynamic. Notice how it's just a little bit duller sound may because it can't track the transients very well. (music playing) Now replace the directional mic with one that has omni-directional pattern. Listen to how it now sounds.
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