This week Charlie demonstrates a plethora of lo-fi micing techniques.

The kit was comprised of a 16×24″ Vintage Ludwig kick drum, 12″ and 16″ Rogers toms and a Gretsch 6×14 Maple snare. The cymbals were a 20″ Paiste 602 thin crash, a 21″ Paiste Twenty Series Ride, The hats were 15″ Giant Beat top with a 2002 bottom.

We started out with a mono AKG D190 at eye level about 4' in front of the kit.

It ran through a Chameleon 7602 mic preamp with no eq straight to Pro Tools.

Next, using an impedance transformer, we plugged the 190 directly into a Boss CS-2 compressor pedal. This was then fed into the DI input of the same 7602. We then swapped the CS-2 for a Tech 21 British pedal. Adding the MXR Dynacomp gave it some extra grit.

The 190 was also used for our lo-fi reverb created with a plastic toy microphone taped directly to the front of the mic.

Scott actually has a stereo pair of these. Nerd!

For the 4″ Auratone replacement driver, we tried many placements, ultimately settling on a couple feet in front of the kit off to the hat side, about 4' above the floor. Turning it off axis took the snare back a bit and gave us some more ambiance. Since it wasn't right up aganst the kick we didn't have to use an inline pad.

When placing a mic in the refrigerator, make sure to turn it off temporarily.

The MXL boundary mic was a surprise. It wasn't even on our list of mics to try, but it ended up being out favorite! It went through a Chandler Germanium Preamp with no eq or compression. The thick switch was engaged and the feedback was on about 3. Out in front of the kit it gave us a focused, balanced sound. Under the snare, it gave the kick an almost 808-like roundness, especially after it was compressed in Pro Tools with the BF76!

For the final performance, the MXL boundary mic under the snare, was front and center and compressed with the BF76. The toy mic reverb was delayed about 10 milliseconds and also had a Waves PS22 inserted, giving it a bit of a stereo spread. The fridge mic was added it and panned slightly to the left to add a little depth.

These techniques are just the tip of the iceberg. The possibilities are truly limitless, and we'll be exploring more in the future.

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