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Old 01-02-2004, 11:58 AM
tantejo tantejo is offline
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Default fav. hihat mic ?

hello, up till now i have never been glad with sound of the hihat.
i have tried different mic's with different setup positions, like a akg c1000/ 3000, neumann 184, sm 84, sm 57 / 58, cad 179 depending on the drummer or music style, but i didn't manage to make it really work, so most of the time i set the ovh's right for the hihat sound.
but, sometimes a song is better of with a direct close miked hihat sound.
does anyone have any thoughts about this subject ?
greetings, johan.
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Old 01-02-2004, 12:17 PM
Michael E Michael E is offline
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Default Re: fav. hihat mic ?

Here is my simple suggestion

How do you hear a HiHat ?
I mostly see that poeple ad a lot of highs in it, wich is not how I hear it. Try a AKG 414 or Oktava 219, make a shelving highcut minus 4dB at say 8kHz, off with the 2-2,5kHz where ´the snare always make some troubles, and do not lowcut that much.
Maybee you have to phasereverse the channel, to make it fit in the mix.
That normaly is a good start for me. But try out, anf listen..

Best Regards

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Old 01-02-2004, 05:20 PM
spookster spookster is offline
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Default Re: fav. hihat mic ?

My favorite high hat mic is the AKG 451. Although it sounds really good right on the hat. I think that more often than not, you don't need a high hat mic. Just use a couple AKG 451's for the overheads and it seems to cover the cymbols just fine. In fact, I usually end up throwing out the tome mics, because it ends up sounding better without them. Just use good mic placement and tune the drums properly. Of course, a good room doesn't hurt either. More mics doesn't necessarily mean better sound. A good kick mic, and some good overheads usually does the job.
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Old 01-02-2004, 09:00 PM
where02190 where02190 is offline
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Default Re: fav. hihat mic ?

I typically never need the hat mic when mixing, and it's the first one to go if I need add'l tracks, however I typically use an AKG 414 or an audio Technica 4041.

Proper ovehead placement however will yield a very naturally placed hat.
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