Mic-ing Percussion

So, for the most part you want to use a small capsule condenser. This will apply to all the hand-held percussion. Tambourine, claves, shakers, cowbell, finger cymbals etc.

For conga and djembe type drums a condenser will help with the slap.

Dynamics not so much slap. For some non western drums a 2 mic approach works best. ex. The djembe, put a large diaphragm dynamic at the end of the drum about 6 inches will yield a ton of low frequencies. Mix this with a mic on the head side and you will get a great sound. Mallet keyboard instruments like xylophone, marimba, vibraphone, bells etc. work well with a condenser about 2 feet in front of and 2 feet above the playing surface. With these you need to be carful that you don’t get too much mallet noise.

What are YOUR favorite percussion recording techniques?

. Record . Mix . Master . Music .

Top 5 Favorite Rainy Day Songs

One of the great things about music is that it can reflect our environment and create moods… for fun… here is some great rainy day music!!! šŸ˜‰

Prince & the Revolution

Garbage – Iā€™m Only Happy When It Rains

Milli Vanilli – Blame It On The Rain

Led Zeppelin – The Rain Song

The Doors – Riders On The Storm

What are YOUR favorite rainy day songs!?

. Record . Mix . Master . Music .

Drum Recording Workshop

We found a great Sound on Sound drum recording workshop – be sure to check it out!!

The drum kit can be one of the most time-consuming and frustrating of instruments to record, so it’s worth taking a structured approach. This workshop talks about the following:

. Setting up the drums
. Tuning the kit
. Enter the microphones
. Miking the kick drum
. Snare drum & high hats
. Adding tom-tom mics
. Recording & mixing
. Effects & processing

Click here to see the full article!

What are YOUR best tips for recording the drums??

. Record . Mix . Master . Music .

Microphone Selections for Recording Cymbals

There are several schools of thought here. 1. The standard stereo overhead using either a stereo mic or a x-y configuration. 2. Two mics in cardioid, over the left and right crash cymbals. 3. One mic per cymbal with a no holds barred use as many mics as you want kinda thing. These mics would be small capsule condensers.

Here are some suggestions – Neumann KM 184, Shure SM 81, KSM 137, KSM 141, KSM 32. A note about the High Hat. Same type of microphone aimed away from the snare drum (if possible) but towards the area between the center and the edge of the cymbal. You may need to play with the orientation depending on cymbals and style of playing.

What are YOUR favorite microphones to use for recording the cymbals?

. Record . Mix . Master . Music .

Mic-ing the Toms

Micing the tom toms are pretty straight forward provided you have enough room to place them, while keeping out of the drummers way.

I like to use the Sennheiser MD421 mics. They give you a nice warm mellow sound. And if you tweek the EQ around 4 to 6k you can get the attack of the tom to come thru nicely. SM 57’s work fairly well too. The new special tom mics from Sennheiser (e604 & e904) and Shure (Beta 56) do pretty well also. When micing a floor tom or larger drums try using a large diaphragm mic like the Shure Beta 52 or the AKG D112 or the Sennheiser e602 this will help to capture the lower tones of the drum.

What are YOUR favorite methods for recording the toms?

. Record . Mix . Master . Music .
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...