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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2005 3:49 am 
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Optimizing snare with multi mic drum kits

OK a few have asked so here it is. There was an article I did for MIX magazine about 100 years ago that talked about this too.

Lets assume Kick, Snare, 3 Toms, Overheads, and High Hat. First get the sounds and level you want per instrument for the entire kit. For this purpose we will ignore the Kick as it is usually isolated enough not to matter.

This process takes 3 guys. Drummer, engineer and assitant engineer. Mark the level of your faders and then pull them all down. Have the drummer hit the snare only and tell him he may have to keep hitting for 5-10 minutes. Raise the floor tom mic's fader till the snare leakage into its mic is loud enough to be heard well. Then raise the snare fader level till it is roughly the same acoustic level as the floor tom leakage. (All the while the snare is being hit repeatedly) Have your assistant very slowly change the position of the floor tom mic over the floor tom as the snare is being hit. He should do a half circle around the back parameter of the tom very slowly. At some point in this arc the snare will fatten up tremendously. Get on the talk back and tell him to mark the sweet spot. He should then start over from and repeat the task to make sure you line him up on the same sweet spot each time. A little practice together and this becomes routine. At that sweet spot, the fundemental frequency of the snare mic and the floor tom mic are in relative phase agreement. The floor tom leakage will be slightly delayed, but the phase rotation will be in phase with the direct of the snare. Mark the position on the tom with a Sharpie and lock the mic in that position over the tom. Mute that particular channel and go to the next higher tom, etc. Then do the overheads one at a time and finish off with the High hat. You now have all the leakage from the snare in-phase with the direct fundememtal of the snare. You will not believe the difference it will make in the power of the snare. And lets face it, we are all judged by the power of our drum sounds. Have fun!

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Do you have samples of the various techniques?

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Unfortunately no sample.

I have not even mic'd a real drum kit yet but I have collected alot of reference material for future use and sharing.

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