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Ill Mitch
10-30-2005, 07:47 PM
Well, our church's annual retreat was this weekend, and I was on the worship team all three days. This year we decided to experiment with recording some of it, so of course we needed to set up some drum mics. We borrowed a Shure Beta52 mic for the bass and originall set it up all the way inside the bass. This proved to be way too loud, so we moved it to just barely inside the drum, and then even that was too loud. So, we moved the mic 4-6 inches away from the drumhead, and connected an old plastic cup around the mic to capture a more focused sound.
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a248/illmitch123/bass3.jpg
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a248/illmitch123/bass2.jpg
http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a248/illmitch123/bass1.jpg

It ended up working really well. I'll post audio of the weekend as soon as it's mixed.

Discuss crazy ways to mic drums.

Happy_Squirrel
10-30-2005, 08:17 PM
Interesting technique. However, moving the bass mic in and out of the drum doesn't usually have a large effect on the volume captured. It affects the frequencies that are accentuated. For example: If you move the mic all the way to the back of the drum (an inch or so from the rear drum head), then the higher frequencies will be amplified. The result: a well defined impact (clickiness) with a rolled-off low end. The more you move the drum mic outward (toward the resonant head) the less defined the attack is. However, the tradeoff is that you get more low-end, or "boom".

Did you use any additional mics to record the kit?

Bone
10-30-2005, 08:23 PM
We borrowed a Shure Beta52 mic for the bass and originall set it up all the way inside the bass. This proved to be way too loud, so we moved it to just barely inside the drum, and then even that was too loud.


Turn it down?


*shakes head*

People are so funny sometimes...

White Riot!
10-30-2005, 08:33 PM
umm .... errrrr adjust the input levels!

puppet.master
10-30-2005, 09:05 PM
ya

or just dont mic it if its soo loud

Brokensticks
10-30-2005, 09:23 PM
Turn it down?


*shakes head*

People are so funny sometimes...

I thought the exact same thing :lol:

Half Life
10-30-2005, 09:42 PM
Haha yeah man, why didn't you just turn the levels down? Or could you not do that for some reason? Either way, that paper thing looks a tad bit unnessecary but if it worked well then, more power to you :lol:

poppinfresh
10-30-2005, 09:50 PM
you guys are idiots. Why not turn it down.

rockindrummer
10-30-2005, 10:09 PM
My thoughts exactly, but atleast it worked in the end.

crolfe1
10-31-2005, 01:38 AM
Not crazy drum mic-ing, but I've whipped out the 57's from my drum mic kit and used them for vocals on more then one occasion- since we only have one 58. They don't sound that bad at all really picking up the human voice.