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Re: Drum mics

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Posted by Greg Cameron on July 30, 2003 at 20:41:27:

In Reply to: Drum mics posted by Chester on July 15, 2003 at 20:04:35:

It depends on the size of the room, and your rig. If it's small rooms, most of the time you only need mics on the actual drums, not high hat or overheads to cover cymbals. For large venues, you will usually mic high hats and use a pair of overheads to cover cymbals. Sometimes even a mic on the ride. Some FOH engineers will also use top and bottom mics on the snare. Sometimes 2 mics in the kick. It all depends on what you're looking for. And the one thing to keep in mind is, even if you mic everything, you don't have to use all the mics in the mix. If you find you're getting plenty of high hat wash in the snare mic, don't add more from the high hat mic. Same with overheads. There have been many gigs where I have mic'd hats and used overheads, but have left them very low or out of the mix. In small rooms with a hard hitting drummer, it is sometimes unecessary to have the snare mic(s) in the mix, as the snare is already overpowering everything all by itself.

I'm not sure what you meant by "slot" on the PA, but I assume you mean a channel strip on the mixer. Yes, you need one strip per mic. Don't try to use a "Y" cable to combine multiple mics into a single channel. The result will not be good.


: Hey can you tell me
: 1. How many drum mics would I need for a 5-piece with hi-hat ,2 cymbols
: 2. If all the mics will go into one slot on a P.A. system or if each needs it's own.

: Thanks

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