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    Hey folks,
    Just finished tracking in the studio last night the drums (as well as scratch bass & guitar) for my band's new CD - here are the individual drum tracks we recorded:

    1 Kick
    2 Overheads
    2 Snare (Top/Bottom)
    3 Toms (High, Mid and Low)
    1 Hihat
    1 Room mic

    My question is this - we will likely mixdown the tracks ourselves (unless we can come up with some more cash to hire an engineer - not likely though) - how would you guys pan these drum tracks for a natural sounding kit? Or would you keep them in mono? Our music is straight-up Led Zeppelin-y rock, if that matters.

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    Chris

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    Maybe follow your overheads?

    Kick and snare are generally center...
    With your overheads panned out, where do the toms fall?
    Place your toms in relation to this.

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    That is a good idea. Another thing to do, depending on how prominent the overheads are, is pan all the close mics to the center and pan the overheads wide.
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    It all depends on what sounds good. I know that's general, but these types of things are going to differ from situation to situation. I generally like to start with the overheads up by themselves panned out hard. After that, I try to fill in what's needed with the individual mics. Sometimes the overheads can have a major bulk of the sound you need. Usually, the kick needs reinforced. I did some drum mixes just yesterday and it sounded best with overheads and kick by themselves. You just never know.
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    Oh, but as far as panning, yes the kick and the snare usually go straight up, but if you pull them to the left and right just a bit, it can lead to just the amount of seperation you need. The rest should technically be either from the drummers perspective, or from the front of the kit perspective.

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    I always pan from the drummers perspective - cuz I'm a drummer and anything else sounds unnatural.

    OHs panned nearly all the way hard left and right. Close mics in the center - EXCEPT for some sequential rolls that I would pan post-recording as they happen (automated in Cakewalk for me). It's a really nice effect for "visualizing" rolls across the set.

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