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    I have found that recording each drum separately works best for me. That way I can get proper placement and not have to deal with phase issues.

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    You mean that you play/record one drum at a time? That sounds really impersonal, but I praise you for being able to pull it off.
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    Currently twelve mics for the drums

    2 large diaphragm condensers overhead in the recorderman fashion.
    2 pencil condensers overhead in left/right configuration
    8 individual drum mics.

    Im thinking of going two more as I want to get the kick drum beater clicks a little more present.

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    7 on the setup i have now, x-y overheads mxl 922's, cad's clipped on the rim of the heads of the snare and toms, a cad in the soundhole, a sm57 low on the snare, still want to mic the front of the kick, thinking about what to mic it with though.
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    Now that I have a band with a drummer and a drum kit, I'm thinking two.

    That doesn't mean I'm only going to use two mics, mind
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    form 8 mixed in to 6 tracked (recorded)

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    I used to use 6 or 7 tracks, but recently I have been experimenting with just 4 (a pair of overheads, a kick mic, and snare mic) and I've been getting pretty good results

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    Quote Originally Posted by RAMI View Post
    You didn't give an option for "4", which might be the most common answer.
    wouldnt be only using 4 be a few mics short? Shouldnt you mic up all the drums including the toms to capture them all?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ManInMotion711 View Post
    wouldnt be only using 4 be a few mics short? Shouldnt you mic up all the drums including the toms to capture them all?
    No, it's not short at all. Nothing wrong with micing every drum, but you can make great drum recordings with 4. If you can't get a very good, or even great, drum track with 4 mics (2 overheads, kik and snare), then your problem isn't the amount of mics you're using. That's what overheads are for, picking up the kit as a whole. You don't HAVE to mic every tom by any means.

    In fact, I'd go as far as to say that a total beginner at recording drums SHOULD only use 4 mics. You'll progress a lot faster learning how to deal with that than you will dealing with mysterious issues like phase cancellation with your tom mics, etc....There are so many un-expected challenges when it comes to recording drums that you'll be pulling out enough of your hair just dealing with 4 mics at the beginning. If only it was as easy as throwing a mic on each drum and pressing RECORD.

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