This post is excerpted from the complete article that appears in the May 2015 issue.

Electronic Insights

Drum Miking 101

Part 4: Four Microphones

by John Emrich

At this point in the series, you should have a good idea of how microphone placement affects the sound of your drums. A closer distance between the mics, and the drums will give you a bit more definition and clarity. But be careful that you don’t get too close with the main overhead microphones, because you’ll start missing instruments. For this article we will put up four microphones. We’re demonstrating just one option to get you going. The idea of adding mics should be to get a bit more detail in the sound.

For more on the four-mic setup used in the video below, check out the complete article in the May 2015 issue, which is available here.

The May 2015 issu of Modern Drummer with Jojo Mayer