micing top and bottom of toms

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Re: micing top and bottom of toms

Postby Drumstruck » Mon May 30, 2011 12:40 pm

... just press the +/- button to move to the next kit on the module.... =))

I'm converting my a-s to e-s now (mesh top skins and triggers) but have retained the clear resonants. If they're mic'd (just for a bit of shell ring / ambience to enhance the e-sounds) then just some gaff on the bottom skin and gating and/or fader riding.
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Re: micing top and bottom of toms

Postby mylesgm » Mon May 30, 2011 2:10 pm

For some tracks I've used just bottom mics especially when the drummer doesn't have mallets but you want a softer mellower less thwack sound. Sometime I'll record the toms on a separate take to the main take so that I can really control their sound and their place in the mix. I've tried the y-cable thing with 421s and it never worked for me.

I find tuning the drum is far more important than micing technique and would rather spend time on that than moving mics around a little.
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Re: micing top and bottom of toms

Postby Text_Edifice » Mon May 30, 2011 2:32 pm

+1 on drum tuning, I never really appreciated how much difference this makes until I worked with someone that could actually tune drums properly.
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Re: micing top and bottom of toms

Postby rick » Mon May 30, 2011 2:52 pm

this is when realize i am spoilt
i learnt to mic up drums under the eyes of mark moffat and ricky fatar
ricky .. well
i learnt early if the drummer doesnt know were his drum key is at anytime of the day
dont bothr him or upset him just - hire a drum tech

so we would just call up the local drum shop and any number of drum techs / wanna a be / actually are session guys would appear on your door with a confident smile and a can do attitude

lacklaster player/not tuners were resentful for about 30 secs till they heard their kit tuned
i have met a lot of engineers along the path that by neccessity have become expert drum tuners

when my new studio has drums i am starting school again
by then i will be an internet drum expert anyway :)
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