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Mic Placement VS. Different Mics, Catch 22
Old 17th September 2012
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KennyS's Avatar
🎧 10 years
Mic Placement VS. Different Mics, Catch 22

Ok here is my situation. I love my MD 421s on toms for a kit. I have been working with a couple bands now that i simply do not have space for a 421 to be positioned correctly so I am ending up with a ton of bleed and the spots where it is just impossible to fit i'm using e604s. So my question is a little open ended and could go a few ways. Basically is it better to use a higher end mic a little bit out of position to where it's not positioned best to pick up the drum or should I use the average mic where i can position them accurately. I have always been a fan of mic placement over switching to something else, I feel it changes the sound way more than putting up a different mic. So my next question would be what small, flexible mic sounds just like an MD 421? I do have e604s and I love their flexibility.

Thanks all!

Old 17th September 2012
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🎧 5 years
Record both and get someone with ears that you trust to listen blind. Which sounds best? Simple as that. The best sounding is the best - in the context of the mix, of course. My hunch would be to go for whatever you can get into position the best, but it really ultimately just depends on how the end result sounds. No-one can tell you that without hearing it..
Old 17th September 2012
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Larry Villella's Avatar
🎧 10 years
I got introduced to MD-421 forty-one years ago
when I was training to be a recording engineer.

A couple of our class projects had us using them
on Barry Altschul in Chick Corea Circle Group and
Norman Conners in Sam Rivers, Jr.'s Trio on "Hues".

When I opened a studio in the 1990's that's the
first mics I bought for Toms. Still workhorse mics!

Today, if space were an issue, I'd use High-SPL
Small Diameter Hyper-Cardioid Mics in their place.

There are two or three SD-Hypers that will take over 150dB so that SPL is
a non-issue. You can get close and they don't take up a lot of real-estate.
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