The mic also needs to have a good low-frequency response, particularly when recording heavier styles of music. If your drum sounds thin after trying these mic-placement approaches, you can try these two things: Tune the drum slightly up. If the front head of the kick drum is closed, when the kick drum is hit you will be able to feel a shockwave produced from the front head, move the mic back until the shockwave just disappears, i.e. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. The recorded subwoofer track then has a low-pass filter placed on it and is blended with the original kick drum track. Placement options for a kick drum mic include: Another interesting technique that is quite popular is making a drum mic from an old speaker. A subkick can be placed about 2 inches away from the front head, close to the centre, to pick up some of the lower sub frequencies (20 to 40Hz) that the kick drum produces. For a kick drum with no front head (resonant head), place a large diaphragm dynamic mic inside the kick drum, off centre from the beater, about 3 or 4 inches from where the front head would have been. AKG D112, Shure Beta 52, Beyer M-88, Electro-Voice RE-20. With a closed head place the mic halfway up and off centre, approximately 3 to 4 inches from the front head. In this case, the drummer can either choose to have a mic permanently installed inside the bass drum or live with the reduced attack by miking the bass drum from the outside. Some engineers will often use a secondary condensor mic, positioned way back from the front head to capture the ‘air’ and fundamental of the kick, which the closer mic misses. Place the mic so the capsule is just inside the edge port. If the kick drum has a hole in the front head, interior placement is an easy way to capture a punchy and consistent kick drum … This is traditionally done with the woofer from a Yamaha NS-10 monitor, though any woofer will work. Kick Drum (Bass Drum) The way you mic the kick drum will depend on the head configuration of the kick, i.e. Placement options for a kick drum mic include: 1–2″ outside the hole in the resonant head, or from the head itself if there is no hole. This article breaks down mic placement to the individual drum pieces. Inside the drum at a distance of 2–3″, pointed at the spot where the beater makes contact with the batter head (see Fig. Because of the huge amount of sound pressure being created by the kick drum, it is important to use a mic with a high SPL rating. 135). In your quest for a deep bass tone, you may have tuned the drum too low. ( Log Out /  open, closed or with a hole cut through the head, and the type of sound you are wanting to achieve. For more information see How To Mic A Drum Kit. open, closed or with a hole cut through the head, and the type of sound you are wanting to achieve. The speaker is removed from its cabinet, wired to a mic cable, and mounted to a stand placed 1–2″ from the resonant head of the kick drum. Low-end thump can be added to an existing recording by playing the kick drum track through a subwoofer, then miking the subwoofer and recording it onto a separate track. In this case, the drum’s fundamental tone may be too low to be heard clearly. If you are wanting to achieve a kick sound with more attack, position the mic at about a 30-45 degree angle, aiming towards the beater, otherwise aim the mic towards where the batter head meets the bearing edge of the drum, to achieve a kick sound with more tone. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. This generally results in a signal with plenty of low end thump. (This is especially common if you have a large bass drum.) , Shure Beta 52, Beyer M-88, Electro-Voice RE-20. A useful video on how to mic a kick drum, using one mic placed inside the sound hole of the front head and a subkick. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! 1–2″ outside the hole in the resonant head, or from the head itself if there is no hole.