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.
Pair 2: Mojave Audio 201 FET’s 8 feet in front of the kit and about 8 feet apart.
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.
Pair 4: MXL Cubes about 15 feet in front of the kit, 9 feet in the air and pointed straight at the wall.
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:
Be sure to download the full-bandwidth, multi-track audio files and explore the sounds in more detail!