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Bobalou 10th September 2003 07:55 AM

Pictures Of Mic'ed Up Drum Kits In The Studio
definitely inspired by the "Control Room thread" I was wondering if there were pictures to post of various mic'ed up drum kits in home and pro studios....Would like to see what folks are doing with different kit configurations, mics, rooms, etc..

is there already an existing thread?


dave-G 10th September 2003 02:09 PM

I'm telling you, we need a Gear-Porn forum here on Gearslutz. I volunteer to moderate jkthtyrt

maybe we can find a donor server somewhere in case it gets too heavy with file attachments for your existing one, Jules?

davemc 10th September 2003 03:26 PM

mmmmmmmmmmm gearporn.
So is that why most microphones are shaped the way they are jummpp

caughtup 10th September 2003 03:53 PM

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That's an awesome idea. I've got some pics, I'll try to have them hosted somewhere quick.
They are from Andy Hong over at Tape OP from a session he did of the band Karate.
Our lead mic tech finished up some work he did with his band "Chubby Finger", they used a Shure Drum mic kit and Earthworks as O'heads; I'll ask if anyone took pictures...
I just noticed the attach function and posted one pic-a-rature!

caughtup 10th September 2003 03:58 PM

drum miked up!
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And this one as well... hope more people respond with their work!

Rick Sutton 11th September 2003 02:16 AM

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a peak inside my drum booth.

Rick Sutton 11th September 2003 02:20 AM

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Best change I ever made to the studio drum booth sound was to add a pair of KM84's to the back of the booth. Gives me an overall sound to the kit that just can't be had with close mics alone.

Bobalou 11th September 2003 07:42 AM

thats great fellas, very cool...more! more! more!thumbsup

Jason Poulin 11th September 2003 01:24 PM


what are you using as pres on you Km184's?
what's that mono overhead?

I have the same set up with 184's and a U99 as mono.


BattleAngel 11th September 2003 03:59 PM


I use my Earthworks all the time on overhead and snare but haven't ever used them to capture kick. Is using an all Earthworks job on kit done to get a transparent sound? I'd love to hear a recording done like that.

I'll try to get some mic'd drum pics up myself!

stealthbalance 11th September 2003 06:38 PM

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here's my 2 cents-

Schnert 11th September 2003 07:39 PM

Uh, what about some small clips from the pictured setup?

Here's the pic.....well, ya can't see much of the miking....there's one over his head, one by the floor tom, and two some 8' in front of the kit.

And here's a little clip with the unprosessed drums:

The damn drummer

Sounds like the snare is compressed, but it's only the K6 on the side of it that's kinda crapping out.....

HEDDcase 11th September 2003 08:54 PM

Woh, the dude's got a trick visor like Jordy on Star Trek. Very cool!

el cochino 11th September 2003 09:04 PM

Drumsound 11th September 2003 10:33 PM


That clip sounds great. The snare doesn't sound like it's crapping out to me.

heinz 11th September 2003 10:41 PM

drum room/everything room

(2) sm57
(1) m201
(1) 421
(1) 441
(2) SPC3
(1) r121 in the hall

I switch mics around a lot as most of them are multi functional. Room is ok as long as I keep it live, doors & windows open, ambient mics, etc..

Rick Sutton 12th September 2003 12:24 AM

Re: KM184's as overhead

Jason Poulin wrote on 09-11-2003 03:06 PM:

what are you using as pres on you Km184's?
what's that mono overhead?

I have the same set up with 184's and a U99 as mono.


Hi Jason,
The km84's are just put through the pre's on my Otari 54 board. I use API pres for kick and snare, but the rest of the kit goes through the board. The "mono overhead" is actually the stereo right (drummer's perspective) overhead. The photo doesn't show the entire setup. Both left and right close overheads are also km84's. I've had all 4 km84's for many years (got them new about 25 years ago) and they are consecutive serial #s.
Best regards, Rick

Schnert 12th September 2003 12:57 AM


Originally posted by Drumsound

That clip sounds great. The snare doesn't sound like it's crapping out to me.

Heh, nice to hear from someone called Drumsound howdy It crapped out on a couple of snare hits on that tune, but I liked the way it sounded when the K6 was pushed to its limits, and there ain't much trouble replacing a couple of hits these days jummpp

Madrummer 12th September 2003 02:56 AM

This picture if you can call it that (horrible quality) is of my set mic'ed up for some basement demo stuff I was doing with one of my earlier bands. The picture sucks, but I remember the 11 piece set with the mic's all around it looked pretty impressive. I was running it through a Behringer mixer into a Zoom 1044 digital recorder if I recall (the band was on a budget) I had to mix the drums perfectly cause I only had 1 track for 10 or 11 mic's. What a pain in the ass heh.

Jay Kahrs 13th September 2003 04:17 AM

Not the highest res pic. But here's my old live room in East Rutherford. The "mystery" mic outside the kick is a 414B/ULS.

RCM - Ronan 13th September 2003 07:17 PM

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This is certianly the most interesting drum micing I have ever done. 4 kick drums, 16 toms, snare and 40 cymbals. I tried to do the whole kick with two mics, but because of the angles things are set up (tiered and in a horse shoe), I had to end up using 11 tracks ;-(

All toms are miced from the bottom because there was no acess or room from the top.

(its Terrry Bozzio if you are wondering)

Magnus 13th September 2003 07:34 PM


that's a wild drumkit! gooof


cashewcupcake 13th September 2003 07:44 PM

1 snare???!?!?!?!? wworried

Nutmeg II. 13th September 2003 07:59 PM


Originally posted by faeflora
1 snare???!?!?!?!? wworried

imacgreg 13th September 2003 08:00 PM

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Heres a pic of a drum setup the other week. The band is a Bad Religion meets Descendants sorta thing. Pork Pie kit, ended up soudning pretty good.

Kick in- D112
Kick Out- Modified MXL2001
Snare Top and Bot- SM57
OH's-New 451's
Ride and Hat- old 451's
Room- Tele U47 thru a 1176, all buttons in jummpp


syra 13th September 2003 11:27 PM

Taken about a a year ago for a live22.

If I remember right
M149 OH's
D112 kick
57 SnTp
KM184 SnBm
KM184 Hhat
MD421 Toms
Crown PZM-30D I think, stuck on the wall...nice and bright.

syra 13th September 2003 11:27 PM

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hehe...sorry 'bout it is

cjogo 14th September 2003 05:02 AM

photo #2 ....... 21 pad FAT KAT

the best drum bleed...exact sound you want--just pick a sample.


BattleAngel 14th September 2003 07:28 AM

I've never found synthesized drums or what have you ever sound even remotely as good as the real thing... that is, if the part is supposed to sound real. If you go for a "this is a programmed drum part" sound, I think that's great. I'd actually like to go more in that direction.

heinz 14th September 2003 04:38 PM

I like playing KAT kits but every time I mic one up all I get is KLAK KLAK KLAK seems like it lacks resonance or something.