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    Question EQ Advice on Bass Drum?

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    Just wanted some EQ advice. I'm recording on a Fostex VF-16 just for reference. I recorded the kick drum with a Shure Beta 52. It sounds good, but it's a bit bassy. How can I EQ it to get a nice slap that will cut through the mix, but still have enough low end
    to sound like a kick with some balls? I recorded snare with a Shure SM-57. It sounds good, but is a bit bassy too. I want that snare to be crisp, clear and popping away in the mix. Any EQ advice here? I used two AKG C-1000s as left & right overheads. Cymbals sound good, but toms sound just a bit weak. Any EQ advice on giving these toms some balls and making them sound good? Also, on each of my EQ controls there is a setting that switches between low pass filtering, hi-shelving and low-shelving and I can set the dial for the shelving from .1 to 20. What does this do? Thanks for any responses.

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    Sounds like you need to EQ your stuff too much too dramatically to get the sound you might want.

    You might have a mic placement problem, mic selection problem, or pre-amp setting problems (if you're using a board, you might want to try eq'ing the channel strip roll off some lows on the BD/Snare).

    Try using an SM-57 on the snare.

    Get a BD Mic for the bassdrum.

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    My typical eq for kicks:

    Little boost at around 60-80 Hz, BIG cut at around 300 Hz (gets rid of the boxy, cheap sound), Decent boost at around 4-7 KHz for some click.

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