Drum Recording Video: Overhead Mic Placements Compared

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We’re happy to announce the launch of a new series on drum mic techniques hosted by Trust Me I’m A Scientist founder and SonicScoop contributor, Justin Colletti.

Filmed at Strange Weather Brooklyn, and using microphones provided by Sennheiser, our “Drum Mic’ing Fundamentals: Part I” will teach you about some of the most popular and flexible overhead mic placements, including: XY, ORTF, Spaced Pair, Glyn Johns, and the classic “Mono Overhead” approach. You’ll be able to see and hear these placements in action.

Each of the sound clips in this episode consist of no more than 4 mics: A pair of overheads, plus close mics on kick and snare. The overhead mics are a pair of Sennheiser e914s, the kick and snare mics are the e902 and e905, also by Sennheiser.

All the clips are presented with no EQ, compression, or effects processing of any kind. Watch the video below!

Stay tuned for additional sound clips, plus our upcoming episodes on close mics and room mic techniques!

For more on Sennheiser’s “Evolution 900″ series of microphones, which we used to make this video, click here.

[Also check out Part II and Part III]

  • Bounte

    wow, this is the best video I’ve seen about micing technique. very well put together and informative. Justin is very well-spoken. It’s like being in a good class.