Join Larry Crane for an in-depth discussion in this video Checking phase on a drum kit, part of Music Production Secrets: Larry Crane on Recording.
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I'm going to run you through what I do when I'm checking phase on a drum kit. …So here, what I first do, is isolate just the overhead mics. …I'm going to put those in mono, you can hit a mono switch on your monitor …controller if you want. What I do is pane them up to the center …so there both coming through, mono. And I'll listen to a little bit of the …overheads by themselves. (MUSIC) Then I'll flip the polarity on …one of the overhead tracks, obviously not both because then they would still have …the same relationship to each other. (MUSIC) Well, I bet we can say (MUSIC) …that that sounds better. What I'm listening for all the way …through here is to see if there's phase cancellations that are suckin' out the …low parts of the audio. And you heard right there, those tracks …thinned out. They should, because they were recorded …with two mics on a stereo bar in an XY configuration, so the mics were very …close to each other and picking up all the sound at the same time.…
We're not going to be so lucky with the rest of the drum kit. …
First, Larry introduces basic signal flow techniques that will improve any recorded sound. Then he explains some of his recording secrets, like how to capture acoustic guitars and vocals at the same time, how to choose the best microphone for a vocalist, and how to use stereo mics and room placement to create an ensemble sound on a single performer.
- Understanding input signal path
- Gain staging
- Checking phase on a drum kit
- Miking snare drums
- Comparing vocal mics
- Recording live acoustic guitar with vocals
- Using distortion with bass guitar
- Finding the best drum placement in rooms
- Recording upright piano
- Creating your own style