Thursday, February 11, 2010

Drum Kit Pics - For Funsies

Moving On

Matthew and I chose "Move On" to dive into with the recording process (and with the gorgeous mics). It will be one of the more complicated songs because it has two sections that we will record separately, but will need to keep some continuity between them. This is also a good chance for me to try out different drum mic setups.

Here's what Matthew recorded to the click track for the first section...

Here is my first good take with the two UMT 70 S in a stereo pair over the drum set. The floor tom was recorded separately.

The clip is louder because I was trying to bring the snare and bass forward through EQ. After quite a bit of tinkering, I just felt this was not as "live" a drum sound as I wanted. It also didn't have enough capture of the bass drum.

I did a little playing around, and chose to go with one mic about three feet over the kit pointed at the snare, and one mic about four feet in front of the kit pointed at the top of the bass drum. Like so...

I tried this setup with one of the KM-88s in the position over the set, thinking they would be good overhead mics. It didn't seem to capture enough of the body of the sound. If I had lots of inputs, I probably would have used them as overheads while close miking the kit as well. But limited to two inputs, the best combo seemed to be the UMT 70 S in each position. This gave me more of what I was looking for...

And with Matthew's scratch. Not much done in terms of mixing/producing.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Unexpected Gift

As we started this process, we spoke with anyone we know who has experience with recording. One of these people is a friend from our House Church who records professionally, including orchestras. When we asked him for advice he said, among other things, "Give me a call sometime and I'll let you borrow my microphones."

Awesome. I gave him a call. Here's what we get to borrow...

A pair of Microtech Gefell UMT 70 S

A pair of Neumann KM-88i

A pair of Milab DC-63

A pair of Neumann KMi with different capsules

These mics are amazing. Getting to work with them is a real treat. It may seem obvious, but the real benefit of these microphones is how they reproduce exactly what's happening. The downside of this is that you need to make sure your performance, the instrument, and the room are sounding exactly the way you want.

We have been using the mics to experiment with the song "Move On". The next post will have some examples.