So i've been using my college's recording studio every wednesday. I decided to get my band in there to do some rythym tracks, and its now time to record seperate instruments. This coming wednesday we'll start with the drummer.

I've miked drums before, many times, but i always have problems getting that certain balance between pieces/using the right microphones. Yea... i know, i'm not the only one.

Why don't i start by listing the equipment and situation:

DW Pacific EZ Series 5-Piece Drum Kit, 2 18 inch Rock Crashes, 14 inch hi hat, and a 20 inch ride. All zildjian. This kit is about 8 years old, has a very mediocre sound, and makes miking it all the more difficult. However, he takes very good care of it, and doesn't let it die off. Anyways.

Here are the microphones i have available thanks to the studio:

Samson 8KIT Drum Microphone Package

3 Shure SM57's (A classic! I like how samash claims that its on 'sale' for $99. I don't think i've ever seen it higher than $99 anywhere in the last 5 years, ha!)

1 Shure SM58 (don't see much use for this on drums, but maybe someone can beg to differ)

Then theres a large diaphragm condenser. I can't remember what it looks like, but i'm pretty sure this is it.

We're going to record him in a dry isolation booth.

Also if anyone has any general miking placements that would help me out here, it would be appreciated. I'm familiar with snare miking, a little with overhead miking, anything else is just a stab in the dark for me.

Although there is one trick i read about that i think they used on Nirvana's Nevermind. Placing a large diaphragm at the end of a 10 foot cardboard tube attached to the kick drum to get a very precise sound.

I guess the ultimate question here is: how would you mike this drum kit?
Yeah, uh-huh...that's what they all say.
Last edited by BassFishin at Feb 12, 2009,
With that one, make sure the overhead in front of the drum is on a shock mount. It was wobbling all over the place so without a shock mount you might get bumps that could be ruinous.