Tutorial: Tips For Recording Multi-Track Drums
IntroductionThis tutorial will give you some guidelines and tips for recording multi-track drums in your home or professional studio. While these tips are the way that I like to do things, everyone is different so definitely try to experiment and try new things as it is the best way to develop your style. I'll go through each drum of the drum set and give you some ideas..
Step 1AKG D 112 inside of bass drum and place it about a foot away from the beater. Since I mostly record rock and pop music, this provides me with a close up sound that has a lot of presence. I'll also put another microphone on the outside of the kick drum up against the skin. I try to experiment with the microphone that I use for this, but will usually use either a Shure SM7 or a Electrovoice RE-20, depending on what I have available. You can also use a Shure SM57 or any other dynamic microphone. Like with most of the up closing micing when it comes to drums, I would recommend using all dynamic microphones for recording kick drum.
Step 2Shure SM57. I generally stick with that for the top of the snare and sometimes for the bottom, but I sometimes experiment with the bottom snare, sometimes using older Shure microphones, but almost any dynamic and sometimes even a condenser will do the trick. I keep it about three or four inches away from the snares as I find if they are too close that you get too much rattle. Also, watch out for phasing issues between the top and bottom snare mics.
Step 4Shure SM57s will work fine as well. I find that sometimes the trickiest part of getting a good tom tom sound is the actual tuning of the drums themselves. This can take some time as can trying to get the ringing out of some drums!
ConclusionOne again, while these tips should definitely be considered and tried out, engineering is all about taste and you should definitely be experimenting to get the sounds that will suit your taste the best. Recording drums can certainly be challenge and proper time should be taken to get the right sounds. Have fun and remember to experiment!
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