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Old 08-06-2009, 02:20 PM
fenderrocker fenderrocker is offline
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Default Recording Drums

Ok. I've got an Mbox2, a Mackie DFX12 mixer, and 4 mic's. Is this the best setup?

I don't have any matched pairs, but I don't think that's much of an issue...
1. my at2020 and mxl 990s will be overhead, recorderman style.
2. my sm57 will either be on the snare or Hihat, which ever sounds weaker in the mix.
3. And my mxl v67 will probably be used as a room mic. I'm going to experiment heavily with this one, but it will most likely be far away since I read that large diaphragm condensers can be damaged by high SPL's.
Any tips? I've got some vocal mics, too. 2 AKG D8000s and one Shure pg58. I might try one of those on the hihat.
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Old 08-06-2009, 03:34 PM
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Default Re: Recording Drums

You're really going to have to experiment with this as its about the toughest recording you will do. Since the Mbox limits you to 2 inputs(or 4 with 2 coming in on the SPDIF input). None of your mics is a great choice on bass drum so plan on a day of trying everything you can think of. Another solution to think about. Put up 2 overheads(whatever 2 mics match reasonably well) and put triggers on the drums to feed an instrument track(thru a midi interface) and insert ezdrummer or Strike(or similar).
Triggers can be bought at most music stores on online. The trigger-midi interface cab be done with any Roland drum brain, Alesis D4, D5, DM Pro, Roland PM-16(an older unit). There are other choices out there, but this gives you the idea. Good drum recordings can be done with 3-4 mics, but you need to have things under control(IOW, decent mics, in a decent room, with a well tuned kit.....). I have seen it done with a Sennheiser 602 in the kick and a pair of 421's over the drummer's shoulders so I know its possible.
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