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Old 05-14-2009, 07:55 PM
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Whats up everyone. I have attached a sample kick drum track i've recorded recently. I placed the kick mic about half way inside the drum head and pointed down slightly. I am curious to find out what eq settings you guys use to bring down the "boom" and "boxy" sounds. I took out low end about 60hz and i boosted at about 5khz and that seemed to help some but not alot. I am aiming for a really "tight" sound. Let me know about some good eq settings. http://www.imeem.com/people/dCPK3o/m...rough-kickwav/
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Old 05-14-2009, 08:22 PM
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Dip it from 250-around 400hz (pretty drastically, actually!) and a nice bit of boost up around 10k is a good idea to get some 'tick' in it. BTW, I posted a tip on using a gated oscillator to get some real meat in it too:
http://duc.digidesign.com/showthread.php?t=246073

It takes some experimenting, but that's half the fun of it.....
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Old 05-15-2009, 07:48 AM
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The mic should never be placed 'inside' the head. That is where the 'flapping' sound is coming from.

Instead mic just outside the opening and make sure the head can still 'breathe' past the mic to avoid the 'flapping'

Take a look at this tutorial:

http://www.musiciansbuy.com/mmMBCOM/..._the_drums.pdf

Worked for me.
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Old 05-15-2009, 07:56 AM
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"The mic should never be placed 'inside' the head. That is where the 'flapping' sound is coming from.

I must respectfully beg to differ on this one. Flapping is caused by either an overly loose head, or too much signal hitting the mic. The kick is the ONE drum in the kit where internal mic'ing is a good idea (a well-accepted standard, actually.) But mixing tricks /EQ/compression can't typically compensate for a drum that doesn't sound good to begin with. An RE-20 about three inches from the kick batter head has been serving me extremely well for decades.
Try putting the pad on the mic (if it has one). What kind of mic are you using? This is critical too.
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I am curious to find out what eq settings you guys use to bring down the "boom" and "boxy" sounds.
Apply an EQ with a fully narrow Q width (like a notch EQ) and apply full boost. Sweep the frequency between 125 and 350 HZ untill you hear the worst part of the boxy tone. Then change the full boost to a cut of about 5-7 DB, and widen the Q somewhat.
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