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Whatsitoosit 07-11-2008 08:12 AM

Satcho speaks the truth... at this stage in my life if I were in Halfa's situation I would just go buy more mics and a new rig to allow for more mic inputs, throw a mic on EVERYTHING!!!! but I understand when you need to work with what you got... good luck to you Halfa, I would like to hear whatever it is you are recording with that setup (when you are happy with the mic placement).

Halfa 07-11-2008 03:04 PM

well...we have a max of 8 mics. XP and no money to get a better rig...but i 8 mic setup is pretty damned good for a bunch of highschool and early college punks.

lebouche 10-27-2008 06:55 PM

I've heard people say if you can't get a great sound with 3 mics on drums you are an idiot.
I don't always use 10 mics...v much dependent on the song and drummer.
The better balanced the drummer the easier the job.
Look up the recorderman method and glyn johns.
Both these techniques use two overhead mics and a kick.
I normally add a snare as well but often don't need it.

Either that or hire a studio like mine.
Having a properly treated room and some nice gear helps :).

Halfa 10-29-2008 07:53 PM

we figured out a good way for drums. not the best but if ur drummer is decently loud u just need one in the bass drum and one overhead. not the best setup but it works well for decently recorded demos.

DearJenny 10-30-2008 09:11 AM

Sticks and duct tape?

Dr_Rez 10-30-2008 12:54 PM


Originally Posted by SATCHMO (Post 496701)
The same way you would with specialized mics.
Optimally for a drum kit you would have a mic for every piece - including cymbals- in the kit. For the average kit that's 8 mics. It is always good to use application specific microphones whenever possible, especially when you have good equipment/software to support it. However I've worked in live situations with national acts that insist on throwing SM-57s on every piece in the drum kit. The result is a less dynamic, but tighter and more uniform sound.
A grand piano is considerably easier. Usually 2 mics taped to the inside of the sound box lid, one in the general area of an octave below the area of the middle C string and one two octaves above it usually works quite well.

Not to contradict you but I have found using only 4 well placed mics works quite well for a mid size kit. Just make sure to check with tech that you placed them where they should be.

And that right about the piano, I found with 3 it makes a very noticeable difference though.

Halfa 11-01-2008 10:30 PM

well for piano we found the best solution:
just go with keyboards. they're louder through a decent amp even if they dont sound as good at all

GuitarPlayer101 11-23-2008 04:41 AM

can you plug your keys straight into your desk and avoid using a mic on the amp?

Halfa 11-23-2008 10:27 AM

lol no......the problem is there are 4 digital imputs and a couple of analogue imputs. the analogue imputs are ehhh.....they're really hard to soundcheck. its a lot easier for us to just put everything through the digital imputs. all you have to do is get good balance between the keyboard and whoever is sharing and ur good to go.

futuredisco 12-08-2008 05:06 AM

I would use 4 mics on the drum kit ( Kick, Snare + 2 Overheads ) and one for each guitar, piano and vocal. DI the bass.

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