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Old 27th July 2015
Gear Nut

Phase adjustment on drums

Hi Ross

Huge fan of your work dude!

I have a couple of questions for you related to phase adjustment on drums.

Do you use Time adjuster delays on pro tools? or you just flip the phase polarity switch checking different elements against others (kick or snare to OH's for instance) until the whole thing works.

Do you delay your direct microphones using time adjuster until they are in the closest position to your OH? or you think that the delay between direct microphones and OH actually helps to a bigger sound?
In the first option the attack seems to be smeared but i know a couple of guys who defend that it's the best way.
It seems the traditional approach, without making that kind of things, worked like a charm for ages, without any kind of time adjuster plug... What do you think about it?

Any other consideration about the phase when you're recording drums? I think that a drum kit is one of the hardest things to record properly...

Thanks Ross