Currently Being ModeratedAug 29, 2012 4:54 PM (in response to LarryLion)Re: Quick Survey: How Do You Mic your Drums?
There are 18 analog inputs on the mixer ... don't forget the stereo mini 1/8th" input. It is unbalanced so you'd have to keep the cable no longer than 20 feet.
Depending on how you actually mic up your drum kit you could also think about adding a "mic combiner" which would allow you to combine say a pair of tom mics into a single input. They range in price from about $35 - $85 and are available from most cable companies.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 29, 2012 8:41 PM (in response to dboomer)Re: Quick Survey: How Do You Mic your Drums?
Thanks for the tip, will bear that in mind. I'm considering a submixer for everything on the drumkit but the kick, giving two stereo outs to the main mixer, plus the kick, reducing my existing XLR count by 3 or 4. But I'd like to hear how others mic their drums, and what to look for.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 30, 2012 3:18 PM (in response to LarryLion)Re: Quick Survey: How Do You Mic your Drums?
I've had to mic drum kits of all size, brands, tunings, etc. with 1:1 mic to drum or cymbal miked to a kick and a pair of high quality overheads for the entire kit.
If you'd like to discuss miking options for your specific situation, I'd be happy to help in any way I can without actually hearing the drums or your drummer play solo and in your band situation.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 1, 2012 5:59 AM (in response to MerlinFL)Re: Quick Survey: How Do You Mic your Drums?
I just wanted to know how other folks are miking their drums into the StageScape, for instance, 1:1, which on a typical kit means 7 XLRs. If grouping the drum inputs, left and right, how?
Obviously, not a lot of folks interested in discussing the issue.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 3, 2012 5:43 AM (in response to LarryLion)Re: Quick Survey: How Do You Mic your Drums?
We had the same discussion as a band before purchasing this board. We adopted a 4 mic system. One mic on the snare, one on the kick, and two overheads. Seems to work just fine. We have gigged with it this way twice with no complaints.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 8, 2012 5:49 AM (in response to LarryLion)Re: Quick Survey: How Do You Mic your Drums?
How big is the room?
In small rooms I've been getting really good results with 3 mics. Kick + Stereo OverHeads. The snare and toms can usually be heard acoustically anyway.
In fact, I just use a very small hint of the overheads with lots of reverb and a high pass filter on the PA.
This will just help blend the cymbals with the band and create a nice ambient. Any more that this and the drums will be to loud in room..
I've been recording my shows and mixing in Cakewalk Sonar to bled the audio with the live videos.
I've learn that, if I don't have to much spill from the band on the overheads, I can just boost the right mid frequency and get a decent snare and toms! In a big Stage, with good physical instrument separation, I believe it is possible to get a great drum sound with only 3 mics.
Except for Metal! For Metal I would add a snare mic and use a sub-mixer for micing toms.
I wouldn't really need many processing tools for the toms so a cheap mixer with 4 pre-amps would suffice. This would be used just to give some "impact" and the real tone would still be conveyed by the overheads!
But I din't try this yet...
Hope it helps
Currently Being ModeratedSep 10, 2012 11:43 AM (in response to antonioctd)Re: Quick Survey: How Do You Mic your Drums?
Thanks, Antonio. The practice space we have is way big - 1,400 sq. ft. - but we limit the actual band space to what we would expect in our average venue, a 16 x 30 feet stage. Directly over the band is the AC duct, soundproofed, but a hard surface. We have acoustic treatment behind and over the drum kit, and on the side walls too. It's a big room, but we try to scale it back using baffles and absorbers, in other words. When we play, we need to mic the drums, and we also do outdoor work, so nothing is hard & fast. I've noticed on our recordings, in the practice space, that at least 2 of the drum mic's are redundant - eliminating a pair of tom mics, or the snare/hi-hat pair from the mix does not seem to make much of an effect - the twin ohead mics seem to pick everything up.
I dunno, maybe I'm just talking myself into the reduced channel count
Thanks for sharing!