Kick Drum Tips


Mic Choice:
To receive a strong kick sound, you want to employ a big diaphragm mic. An demonstration of the superior kick drum mic are the AKG D112, the Sennheiser MD 421 and an Electro-Voice RE20. There are numerous mic’s created for recording the kick drum and each mic may have its own spice and may accommodate different frequencies over others. For example, if you need that “tick” sound of the kick drum petal beater hitting the head, you’d chose a mic that favors the lower mid range and the upper frequencies too.

Mic Position:
For a Tight Drum: (There are jillion method to mic a kick drum)
This refuses to utilize 2 heads. Get rid of the outward head and pace the mic inside the kick drum and angle it at the batter head. The range within the batter head depends found on the sound you’re going for. The closer you may be to the batter head, the more impact and less resonance sound you receive shape that mic.

Including a blanket or perhaps a foam pad inside the bottom of the kick drum can enable take the edge off unwelcome reflections. A advantageous beginning point for mic location is about 5 inches inside the kick drum, somewhat tilted towards the floor tom.

For a Large & Live Kick Drum:
To receive big and live kick drum sounds, you need to employ 2 kick drum heads.The sound may sound more resonant with wealthy overtones. you could like to place a strip of fabric across both heads. This assists soften overtones without damaging the boominess of the kick drum. Try placing your mic about 2 feet in front of the kick drum and have it point to the center of the head. You’ll have to turn the pad setting on for the mic, or you will overload your signal.
Many drummers have a the front head with a hole that they cut out or purchased. If this really is the case, you are able to slant the mic somewhat inside the hole or aimed into the hole. Note, that having a hole in the outer head could result an annoying ring with it. To fix this unpleasant problem, you are able to lay a foam pad or blanket against a section of the front head to remove the galling ring without effecting the total sound.

Signal Processing Tips:
You are able to compress the kick drum during the recording stage. But you never have to. You are able to do all of this after its recorded into your system of choice. When I alter the signal during recording, I can on average utilize a compressor, EQ, along with a sound gate. I’ll compress with a threshold set to about -10dB below the highest peak with a moderate to quick attack and moderate launch with a ratio set to 2:1. Next I’ll boost at 100Hz to taste and then I’ll run it through a sound gate, with all the gate set as much as close after a limited milliseconds after the kick sound. This may create the kick drum rather defined and pretty moving.

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