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Magnus Emilsson


    A few ideas:

    • You can experiment with moving the overheads a bit more in front of the drum set which would increase the relative distance to the snare compared to the cymbals, just make sure to keep the snare at the same distance from each mic if you want to keep the snare phase coherent.
    • Instead of doing spaced pair for the overheads (most common) you can do an x/y above and slightly in front of the kick with cardiod mics that you rotate so they reject the snare more than the rest, this will also increase the relative distance to the snare from the hi-hat/crash/ride.
    • A drumbrella can work wonders, or in other words, a thick duvet or some acoustic panels above the drums to reduce top end reflections. This will damp all of it a bit but make it easier to manage in the mix since it will likely be more "focused"...
    • Record hihats/cymbals as overdubs. It's hard to do, takes its drummer but it opens up for getting huge drum sounds since you can really squash the overhead with the toms/snare/kick in. Eric Valentine is known for doing this on a lot of the records he has produced.


    • This reply was modified 3 years ago by Magnus Emilsson.