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Room mics glue the sound of the drum kit together by making it sound like a single element instead of individual drums. They don't usually need a lot of EQ to do the job, but let's look at a couple scenarios where EQ can really help the sound. Let's listen to the drum kit first of all without the room mics. (Music playing) Let's listen with the room mics now. (Music playing) And if we even push the room mics a little further, so we here more of the room this is what it sounds like.
(Music playing) The room mics actually give the sound of the drum kit a lot more ambience and a lot of times this is used instead of reverb, because it's a little more of a pure sound. Now it all depends on the sound of the room that you have and the kind of mics that you're using, because sometimes this can actually be a bad sound that you don't really want and sometimes just a little bit goes a long way.
Anyway, let's EQ it to make it sound a little bit better. So let's listen first of all to the room mics by themselves. (Music playing) It's kind of a bland sound by itself and you can hear the leakage of the bass guitar, but not to worry. That actually adds to the sound and it's not something that you should be afraid of. We never worry about leakage when it comes to recording and mixing, and if we know how to do it we can actually make all the leakage work in our favor and that's basically what we're doing with the room mics.
The best way to add the room mics first of all is just bring it up until it seems to glue the whole kit together and you hear a little bit of the ambience of the room. So let's try that. (Music playing) Now what happens there is all of a sudden we can hear especially on the snare drum where now the snare sounds a little more tight into the kit than sitting individually by itself.
And now we can make this sound even a little bit better by adding some EQ. So let's go over and bring up our trusty 4-Band native EQ and the first thing we're going to do is add the high- pass filter again, because the high-pass filter is going to get rid some of the low-end stuff that isn't really helping us, and again, that might be things like truck traffic outside or it could be footsteps. So let's go to 12db per octave, and bring it up to somewhere around 80. (Music playing) Okay, let's solo the room and have a listen.
(Music playing) Now if you have big speakers you hear that immediately; if you have small speakers or you are listening with headphones you might not hear anything at all. And that's the problem that happens with low end. Lot of times you can't hear what's happening and just about the time you begin to hear, it's really too much. So you have to be very careful whenever you're doing anything to the low end.
But just to exaggerate things so you can hear, let's bring it up to maybe 200. Now let's have a listen. (Music playing) You can hear a lot of the low-end from the bass and from the kick goes away. We actually want the sound the kick in the room sound though. So again, we'll just bring this down. It's always a good idea to have this high -pass filter in at least somewhere, and again, when in doubt put it at 40 or even 35H. Even if you can't hear it, it is really going to help the sound in the long run.
The next thing we want to do is add a little bit of sparkle to everything and of course the way we do that is with just a little bit of EQ and bring it up at 10K or so. Just add a few db. Actually I'm going to exaggerate things so you can really hear it. So this is a lot more than I normally add, but now you hear it. (Music playing) What we're going to do is back this down a little bit. Once again depending on the speakers that you have you might hear 10K really distinctly or you might not.
When in doubt, add less. (Music playing) Let's listen in the track. (Music playing) So to sum it up, you don't need much EQ in the room mics to do the job. So listen to the drum kit while EQ-ing, add a high-pass filter if the bottom needs some more definition, and finally add a little bit of 10K and either add some definition to the kit or emphasize the sound of the room.
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