Originally Posted by Joemamma
I was sittin in a studio with Eddie Kramer himself in a studio here in Copenhagen just 5 hours ago!
He was in Denmark for a Jimi Hendrix art gallery he is opening...
What an honor! He is truely a cool guy! He knows what he wants when it comes to recording! Hehe
He told us about how he likes to record drums nowadays:
Kick: 3 mics: 2 in (SM91 + B52) + 1 out (47FET or similar)
Snare: B56 on top + KSM141 on the bottom or AKG 451
HH: KSM141 or similar
Toms: SM98 or 421 (more "standard"/boring I think he said)
OHs: 3 U47 (left, right, center) into 3 tube pultecs for top eq (I forget which version)!!!
Front of kit: C24
Room mic: U87, C12, 414 or any good condenser I think he said...
Oh, he liked the KSM32 on bass amps as well as the 47FET of course...
And like DB said: Recording tracks like "All Along the Watchtower" was done on an Ampex 1/2" 4 track to a Scully 1" 12 track (which he said sounded like sh*t, but Jimi loved it cause he suddenly had 8 more tracks to play with!) to an Ampex 2" 16 track.
Maybe I'll think of more later...
Eddie is a Shure endorser so he uses quite a bit of them now. Last time I mic'd up a 7 piece drum kit for him I had 17 mics on the drums alone (well 5 were room mics). He'd just gotten those little SM98 mics from Shure and the studio liked them so much they bought some right after that session. He wanted 3 U47's on the overheads but we only had one so he used 2 U87 and the U47 in the middle on the OH's. He was using one of the Shure stereo mic's out in front ( I see this time he went for a C24, a much better choice). Other then that his mic's were pretty much the same as mentioned above.
Now when it came time to mix he had a lot of choices on how to "build" the kit for each song. In other words just because he had 17 mic's on the kit he did not use them all for each song. In fact he used different combinations for different songs. Which made the drums sound slightly different from one another even though all the tracks were cut over a two day period. The extra mic's are what I liked to call "safety nets" and with enough mic's on the kit you have more than enough safety nets. You don't use nearly as much EQ either but you do have to watch/listen for phase issues.
Same with the 3 mic technique on guitar, since they are printed to 3 tracks and all have there own sound there was really no need to add EQ just slide up the fader more on one over the other and you can make the amp sound liked it was mic'd differently for each track.
Just some "old school" tricks by one of the guys who were there to invent them.
Eddie is a great guy, just don't let his blood sugar go too low.
Thanks for the correction on the Datamix consoles (I didn't know so many were made). I believe it was Bill Stoddard that was Joel's neighbor. I'll have to ask him again next time I see him.