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Although two mics can get a good drum sound, three mics can give you greater control when mixing. There are a few different methods of the three mic technique, and we'll go over two of them in this movie. With three mics you have two choices as to mic positioning. The first option is to set it up as the two mic position described in the previous video and add a third mic for the snare drum. You position this snare mic as described earlier in the movie about miking the snare drum. (music playing) If you want a little more hi-hat, move the snare drum mic about 2 inches further away from the snare and more hat you'll get.
This configuration will give you a mono recording only. (music playing) If you like a stereo recording of your kit, you may want to try option two. This option uses one bass drum mic and two overheads. Place these overhead mics about 2 or 3 feet over left and right sides of the kit, pointed down at the bell of the outside cymbals.
We swapped in lighter cymbals for a more balanced sound. (music playing) Again, you may want to move the mics around to get a stereo image of the kit that you're happy with. As always, don't be afraid to experiment.
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