There have been so many comments in Audio Masterclass recently on drum recording. For example...
"The trick I've always used to make drums sound larger than life, is to compress the living heck out of the two room/ambience tracks I've recorded; then EQ them slightly with a low+high shelfing EQ, and finally mix them in to taste in the background.
I'd also advice you to experiment with various micing distances from the set with your room mics.
Hope I could help you."
- Alex Sundström, Helsinki , Finland
"There are many factors to getting a BIG drum sound.
The Drums - make sure they are tuned to your taste.
The Room - If you have a small room, then you should mic the drums for a dry sound, and add reverb later.. preferably plate reverb - not plugin.
The Mics - sounds like you have ok microphones there you should really play with them to get the best sound for the room - as there are many other factors to consider.
I think that you are looking for a sound on records that is BIG and WARM and you will only really get this sound with tube mics and recording onto 2" tape... there is really no easy way to do it.
Trust me, I am a drummer and have a studio - this is the only way to get that FAT sound you hear on records.
The Drums are the hardest instrument to record, and you need the tube mics/ analogue tape because you are actually capturing air movement - not just sound waves. The bandwidth on the 2" tape gives you the fat sound/ tape saturation. "
- Steve, London, UK
"I record a lot of drums and feel that you only need reasonable quality dynamics that can handle the SPL's for micing all drums. SM57's work well but even these cheaper sets like the Superlux kit seem to work just as well. A pair of small diaphram condenser's for the overheads and hi hat.
I use an AKG D112 for the kick.
The kit MUST be tuned correctly and mike placement is everything. Also bear in mind that a good drummer used to doing studio work makes a big differance too! solo out and check the sound and level of each drum and the kit as a whole. Keep fine tuning drums, mic placement, damping and Eq. I like to EQ drums on front end so as I know what I am going to get rather than relying on post Eq. Preperation is everything and it can take hours if you want a really great result. After that it's all in post. Eq, Compression and drum mix. Always mix the drums to a sub group so once you have your perfect drum set mix you can raise and lower the level of the whole kit within the mix."
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