Charlie discusses several different ways to get room sounds in a large room

 

To start we use the Cascade X-15 Stereo Ribbon Mic running through a Chandler Limited TG2 and move it around the room to find some sweet spots. This is a great way to explore the sound of the room. A wisely placed stereo mic can really help bring your drums to life.

Now for the fun part. To explore the room a bit more we are going to use 4 different sets of spaced pairs. All running through the Chandler Limited TG2.

For context we have a pair of Audio-Technica AE3000 in a recorder man setup for overheads running through a pair of Chandler Limited TG Channels, a Heil Sound PR30 on the snare running through a Chandler Limited Germanium and an MXL A55 also running through a Chandler Limited Germanium.

Pair 1: MXL 67i’s behind the kit in the corners of the room about 4 feet off the ground.

FOD Big Rooms - MXL V67i

MXL V67i behind the kit in the corners of the room

 

Pair 2: Mojave Audio 201 FET’s 8 feet in front of the kit and about 8 feet apart.

FOD Big Room - MA 201 FET

Mojave Audio 201 FETs 8 feet in front of the kit

 

Pair 3: MXL V67N’s about 10 feet in front of the kit and about 12 inches apart. This pair is pointed directly at the floor with just enough room to slide a credit card under the capsule. This creates a full hemispherical pickup pattern like a PZM.

FOD Big Rooms - MXL V67n

MXL V67n's pointed directly at the floor

 

Pair 4: MXL Cubes about 15 feet in front of the kit, 9 feet in the air and pointed straight at the wall.

FOD Big Room - MXL Cubes

MXL Cubes 15 feet in front of the kit and 9 feet in the air.

 

For the grand finale we compare 10 different sets of mics about 8 feet in front front of the kit and 8 feet apart. Here’s the list:

1) Mojave Audio 201 FETs
2) MXL V89’s
3) Audio-Technica AE3000’s
4) MXL 67i’s
5) Shure SM57’s
6) Audio Technica AT4050’s (cardiod)

Be sure to download the full-bandwidth, multi-track audio files and explore the sounds in more detail!