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Are using shotgun mics on drums bad for the microphone?
Old 13th September 2012
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Are using shotgun mics on drums bad for the microphone?

I have a few shotgun mics and I was wondering.... If i were to use them on my drums, could I damage/desensitize the capsule? I'm interested in seeing what they would sound like in different places. Thanks.

-Owen
Old 13th September 2012
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A Valid Technique. Go right ahead. While drums are a high SPL (Sound Pressure Level) instrument, the vast majority of microphones will still be fine to record them in most cases. Extreme high SPL's (+140dB) and windblasts are the most likely causes of damage to diaphragms or condenser electronics. So, I wouldn't normally use shotguns to close mic drums for this reason. Assuming most of your shotguns are hyper-cardiods, you'd probably want to move them back a certain distance to get a coherent sonic picture anyway.
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