In part 2 of a series for Production Expert, Drummer James Ivey continues to explore recording drum kits. This time James adds a Bass Drum (Kick Drum) mic, in this case, an original AKG D12 to give the mix the recording some real bottom end thump. James then goes on to add a second overhead mic to create a stereo image of the kit.
Yes it is true you can just put the mic on the instrument or drum and it will "work" but James demonstrates what effect the distance the Bass Drum mic is away from the instrument has a major effect on the tone and punch you get from the drum.
James then shows how pointing or aiming the overhead mics at specific areas of the kit can help create a great stereo image of the drums.
As with the rest of the recording stages shown in these videos, no dynamics or EQ processing has been applied. You are hearing the drums as they were recorded in the studio.
In the next video in the series, James adds a top snare drum mic, an extra kick drum mic and a hi hat mic to help fill in the gaps in the sound of the drum kit.
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