Kick: D112, Sort of peeking into the port hole of my 20" kick
Snare: sm57, about 2" off the head, aimed at a 35-40 degree angle
Toms 12" & 14": md421's, whatever the newest version is. I have these about an inch into the head, almost perpendicular to the plane of the top skin.
Overheads: Josephson C42's. Spaced, pointing out towards the edges of the kit.
Most of the sound is close mic kick and snare, toms and overheads are down 20 db from the rest. Everything is currently run to an RNC on the bus (6-8 db reduction), kick and snare are running through a comp/gate made by Yamaha that I cannot find online... it is as if it was never invented. It's awesome, though... the gate is extremely smooth.
Hoping to add an sm81 or another c42 for my ride. I may throw another mic on the snare bottom soon, bus both mics and use the gate to shoot for a tight "studio" sounding 70's snare. Think Bob Seger night moves. Ha!
not super stoked on the 57s on the snare. tried a seinheiser 609e and with the right placement I might use that more. also thinking of getting the audix d6 for certain projects. should be getting some shure ksm 137s to try out on overheads/HH/Ride.
Most sessions > really depends on the kit and its player ... we track more finesse drummers than straight out loud ~~ I have played drums since the early 60's and just amazed at the really talented /schooled players, these days. At this studio > producer hints the volume -style they would like performed .... and it's like the drummer has a built-in limiter for each strike of their kit~! Saves me ~ the engineer > lots of work.
KICK ::: AKG 3600
SNARE :::AKG SE 300b
TOMS ::: 421
OH ::: U89 OMNI
This is a fun thread! i'll play,, current go to is:
Kick In : sm91
Kick Out : D112
Sn Top : sm57
Sn Top2 : atm25
Sn Bott : akg d1000
Rack : 421
Floor : 421
OH L/R : earthworks tc30k's
Room L/R : at 4047's
hat : sm7
mono OH : blue baby bottle
mono room : fathead
Toms - Heil PR-28s
Snare - Shure SM57 top and bottom.
OVHs - Rode NT5s or Heil PR-30Bs. Sometimes 2 Rode k2s in figure 8 in X format - Depends on what feels best for the music being played.
Ride and HH - Rode NT5s
Kick - Heil PR-48.
Overheads - MK 012 (Scott Dorsey Mod) for more cymbals or MK 319 (Jolly Mod) for more toms in the mix. But really, placement is key (duh)
Snare - MK 012 (modded) with omni cap under the snare. (also captures some foot pedal click).
Kick - Apex 205 (modded w/Lundhal) in front near the edge.
The ribbon mic has such a clear round bottom end it almost gives the kick a techno dance beat sound. Also I use 12" Zildjan A high hats. I try to keep each drum and cymbal as far away from each other in the frequency spectrum as I can preferring an extremely deep boom from the kick and a tight bright chick from the high hats with everything else spread out evenly in between.
The setup is always changing and I'm always experimenting. As stated earlier in the thread, the setup depends largely on the nature of the song. Regardless, here are a couple of favorites:
KICK: Heil PR48 (I don't think I'm going back to anything else after having tried this)
SNARE TOP: Beyerdynamic M201, though I might use a pencil condenser for more top end snap
SNARE BOTTOM: Sennheiser MD441 (not very original, but it really does the job)
TOMS: CAD M179 or Heil PR30
HI-HAT: AEA R92 or Oktava MK-012 (w/hypercardioid capsule)
RIDE: Oktava MK-012 (w/hypercardioid capsule)
OH: This changes in setup, but my favorite thus far was the AEA R88 - WOW
ROOM: Beyer M160
Last edited by moonpi; 4th April 2011 at 10:32 PM..