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Old 11th March 2014
Gear Nut
🎧 5 years
Snare Microphone Bleed

Hi everyone,

I'm recording an ep at the most, and have noticed that on each of the 3 tracks I have recorded so far, there has been a lot of bleed from the hi hats on the snare drum microphone.

Is there anyway to avoid this? I usually use an SM57 for the top...

Old 11th March 2014
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Maybe trying to aim the snare mic away from the hihat could help. Consider the pickup pattern of the mic as well. A cardioid dynamic mic usually rejects bleed from the rear the best.

On the other hand you could try to make the bleed work for you and accomplish a full sound with the help of panning and equing your tracks.
Old 11th March 2014
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s.d.finley's Avatar
🎧 15 years
Some drummers have their hi-hats very close to the snare and then bash the living snot out of them. I hate that, hit the drums hard and the cymbals softer!!!
Putting the HH in the mics null is always the best idea, but if they are a basher it may not be perfect.

If there is no going back to re-record the drummer, try using an expander on the snare or replacing the snare or both! I have heard of people putting a speaker on a snare, after recording is done, and sending the snare signal to that speaker and re-recording the snare. The speaker triggers the snare. You will have to line up the hits afterwards. I have never tried this.
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7+1's Avatar
🎧 10 years
try the old hat over a pop filter trick..

take a pop filter.. put a stocking hat over it.. put a piece or two of auralex or something similar inside... its a little gobo. how about that!

put that between your snare mic and hi hat..

cuts down about 65 percent of excessive hihat bleed.
Old 12th March 2014
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bigdoghat's Avatar
🎧 10 years
Here's some good tips

Old 12th March 2014
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mistervenable's Avatar
🎧 10 years
I have a small piece of dense foam (much like auralex) that I slide over the body of the snare mic, which blocks a lot of the hihat bleed.
Old 12th March 2014
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2 Reviews written
🎧 5 years
Make the drummer hit the hats lighter. That's the right way.
Old 12th March 2014
Gear Nut
🎧 5 years
Cheers everyone, I'm the bands drummer too, I'd rather not drum and engineer but I get free studio time so its all good :P

I'm on my way there now, so I'll try a few things and let you know, I think hitting cymbals less is the main solution, that's always been a curse of mine...
Old 12th March 2014
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All of the above, with an M201.

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