Week 6 (Part two) – Multi mic drum recording

I decided to investigation more in recording drum recording. I researched a recording technique called multi miking, which is when all the drums are miked individually, allowing technician to control drums with more detail for the balance, also the close miking gives a more immediate sound, which is used a lot in pop and rock. It is the same approach to miking the kick, snare and overheads, but you add more mics for the toms. Sometimes an extra hi hat mic is added as well, this usually happens when the snare mic is gated to improve separation.

To stop rattles, and buzzes, the drums need to be tuned and not in the same pitch as this will be enharmonic and buzz. It must be tuned in this sequence below to avoid damage to the drum head.

Star drum tuning.

Star drum tuning.

 

 

 

 

 

Another method to stopping reflections/ rattles is to dampen drums. Use of pillows in a kick drum for example and drum gel, which sticks to the drum skins. In my recording session I used a kick port, which dampens the sound and increases bass frequencies.

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Kickport. VD1 Kick Drum mic mounted on a cab mic stand (Had to improvise and add height to it).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kick port frequency response

Kick port frequency response

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The multi mic recording drums.

The multi mic recording drums.

 

 

 

 

 

 

VD9 Dynamic Snare / Tom Mics. Top snare.

VD9 Dynamic Snare / Tom Mics. Top snare.

VD9 Dynamic Snare / Tom Mics. Under snare.

VD9 Dynamic Snare / Tom Mics. Under snare.

RV4 Small Diaphragm Condenser (overhead) x2

RV4 Small Diaphragm Condenser (overhead) x2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To achieve a different snare sound you can use a E ring/ Hoop on the snare. To get a snappy sound.

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All of these 8 inputs placed in XLR sorts on to my US 1800. Phantom power being provided to the condenser microphones.

Audio interface. 8 XLR. 2 phantom powers.

Audio interface. 8 XLR. 2 phantom powers.

 

 

 

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