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Re: unhyped kick drum mic

Post by I'm Painting Again » Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:51 am

michaelkerchner wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 3:23 am
I'm Painting Again wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:33 pm
my fav kick mic is a Soundelux/Bock U195
you guys and gals using the LDCs like the u47 variants and such. what positioning are you using? with the dynamics im typically peeking the mic right inside the port of the kick if it has one. is this the same starting position for the condensers or are you outside of the drum a little more?
thanks for putting gals in there - I appreciate that - don't forget non-binary etc. I usually just say people now for general purposes

if you google image search "u47 on kick drum" you'll get copious ideas

I think this type is mostly used in some position for the front skin - either right up on it - inside a tunnel for isolation, etc.

sometimes looking over the front hoop down at the beater too or even pointed at the shell in rare cases

I'm putting it in a place that gives me what I need specifically for the performance in relation to the other mics i.e., to fill in what I need the others don't provide

I work in a style that implements as few mics as possible 99.9% of the time now

if i'm in the situation where it's a big ass multi-mic production and they have the budget to deal with that in the later stages the u47 type is always reserved for the front skin as far as I've seen

what you can get away with is gonna depend on the bass drum playing - how hard they're playing and to a lesser extent the drum and the room

SPL can be fairly soft to blazingly high

the u47 type if i recall correctly is pretty much right at the limits of typical hard kick playing so yea it can be really dicey to get it close in heavy genres

u47 type seems to provide detail, air and big bottom for the bass drum - it's typically used in conjunction with a mic that will get the attack of the beater and or one that will give a woody solid midrange presence

bass drum is hard af to record well imho

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Re: unhyped kick drum mic

Post by drumsound » Fri Jan 17, 2020 5:27 pm

I'm Painting Again wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:51 am
bass drum is hard af to record well imho
You're not kidding there. I'm always trying different things. Today I tracked a song for a remote client with only 6 open channels on his hard disk recorder. I had to blend an in and out mic to 'tape.' Usually not a huge problem, but I'm also playing, so there's a little running back and forth. For this song I put an e602 II inside, lying on the pillow, cable fished out through the mounting hardware, so I could use a full front head. I put an sE T2 on the outside head, I'm digging that set up, or an M88 inside lately. The client is happy, so I'm happy. He's mixing, but I should put in some time on a serious mix, just to get a better feel for the combos.

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