SP1. Drum Recording.

Drum Recording.

Mics Used-

  • 2xAKG 414 multi-directional microphones.
  • 2xDPA 4090 omnidirectional mics.
  • 1x Sennheiser E602

For the recording of the drums I choose to use the two 414’s as my left and right overhead mics because they have an excellent choice of polar patterns to choose from, thus enabling me to get the best sound from the kit as a whole. I chose to the use the cardioid pattern so as to pick up the main signal source of the drums with not too much bounce back from the loud room . Below is a photo of the set up of the two overhead mic positions.

For recording the snare, I used the two DPA’s  because they are a good close proximity mic with a high frequency pick up which is good for getting all of the top end out of the snare drum. I attached the mics to a stereo bar and then directed one pointing towards the top of the drum and the other pointing to the underside, so as to get the sound of both the impact of the stick hitting the skin and also the snap from the tention rods underneath. (note: It wasn’t until after I had recorded the drum that myself and the drummer [A. Hosker] realised that we could of tightened the tention rods to get a tighter snap from the snare hit, however the end result was satisfactory). Below is a photo of the setup of the snare drum micing technique.

Finally for recording the  kick drum, I used the Sennheiser E602 because of its excellent low frequency pick up, which helps to bring out the thump in the bottom end of the kick. This was placed just inside the whole in the front of the kick drum and then pointed towards the point of contact between the beater and skin on the opposite side as shown below.

Once the mics were in place, I then created 5 mono audio tracks to record onto in Pro Tools, labelling each one to correspond with what is being recorded onto it, and then patched the drums in from the loud room to the control room via the patch bay as shown in the photo below.

As well as these tracks, I added a mono auxiliary track for the foldback mic, so as to speak to the drummer through his headphones in the loud room, and also a stereo master fader and finally another audio track hosting the song I am re-recording for the drummer to play along to as a guide track. Below is a screen shot of these tracks from the Pro Tools mixing window.

Once this was completed, signal routing via the mixer and phantom power sent to the microphones via the pre amp ISA828, the drums could then be recorded. Below is a screen shot of the recorded drum track taken from the Pro Tools arrange window.


~ by J.E.R.U. on October 27, 2010.

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