Join Larry Crane for an in-depth discussion in this video Miking drums, part of Music Production Secrets: Larry Crane on Recording.
Larry: There's gotta be an unlimited amount of ways to set up and mic a drum set. …So, what I'm going to show you here is my, sort of, down and dirty, quick, I've …gotta get sounds now. The band has no time to waste and I …want to a good, kind of, straight rock or funk or pop sound. …Alright, first let's start with a kick drum. …Now, it's pretty standard for me to use an Audix D6 microphone. …That's a dynamic mic. It's got a great low end.…
It, it kind of scoops some of the low mids out and gives me a great sound right …from the start. I'll place that in the sound hole. …I'll poke it in a ways, maybe a little less than half way in, sometimes a little closer. …And I also look around if I need to put some kind of padding in there to soak up …some of the resonant sound that's inside of the drum head, the drum shell here. …But at times you'll hear like the little space that is in there. …Let's get that little quick, how that sounds inside the drum head. …(MUSIC) So that's a good, tight inside of the drum, kind of kick drum sound.…
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