#1
Let's say, you're in a band and you want to record your songs. You start with drums. However, you have only two microphones to use (let's say, SM57s). How would you do that?
My idea was to record the same song twice. The first time, you place the first mic next to the kick, the other one just above the toms. Second time, you place one microphone next to the snare and hihat, and the other one as overhead. After it's all done, you EQ the entire recording so it sounds good.
Would this work? If not, is there another way to go with only two mics?

Please no "buy yourself a few drummics", we're dealing with a fictional situation here and I just want to know if my idea works.

Thanks in advance
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#2
That sounds like alot of work. Doesn't seem impossible though. I'm a drummer, and personally, with only 2 mics, placement is key. Have a mic on the kick by default, and the other mic as an overhead. Just find a good place for it, it wouldn't sound amazing, but it's working with what you have. Recording two times to get one track just sounds like too much to me. Maybe I'm just lazy. Oh well...
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well i guess "hypothetically" it sounds like it would work, just like overlapping 2 seperate guitar tracks methinks. play one set through with a certain mic config, then do it over again with a seperate config and just make sure your using a program that can make both of them come out both speakers.

only problem with this arises if you dont keep good beat, dont have a metronome, or cant hear the track replaying while you play. just like when i did with my guitar tracks, you have to be 100% on beat 100% of the time for it to sound good, and with drums this might be easier to accomplish, but is much more vital than with guitars.
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well i guess "hypothetically" it sounds like it would work, just like overlapping 2 seperate guitar tracks methinks. play one set through with a certain mic config, then do it over again with a seperate config and just make sure your using a program that can make both of them come out both speakers.

only problem with this arises if you dont keep good beat, dont have a metronome, or cant hear the track replaying while you play. just like when i did with my guitar tracks, you have to be 100% on beat 100% of the time for it to sound good, and with drums this might be easier to accomplish, but is much more vital than with guitars.


Well, the drummer would be playing with a headphone, which is replaying the first track.

EDIT: ^ Thanks, that vid was quite helpful
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#6
No. It won't work. Drums are all about transients. It is one thing to play guitar along with a recording and be able to do it in time. It is that wee bit of 'offness' that makes it work and sound big. It is impossible to get it perfect.

With drums, it is all transients. A snare is over in a millisecond or so. I challenge you to take something as dead simple as quarter notes on a snare. Record it with a metronome. Play it back, and record yourself doing the exact same thing. Play it back. Are you *dead* on every time? Nope.

Now try that with an actual drum part for a song. I can't imagine the mess.

Your best bet, if you are entirely unable to buy or even borrow more mics, would be to set one up on the kick and the other out a little ways from the kit and pointing at the center of the kit. You might need to experiment to avoid phase issues, but that will get you a listenable sound. Not a traditionally, conventionally 'good' sound, but a listenable sound.

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#7
If you do the two mic setup, the best method would be one pointed at the kick and on overhead above you, pointed at the snare/hi-hat.
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#8
Anything can in theory work. Your best bet is to use those two mics and just mess with the placement. There WILL be a sweet spot.