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Need help with recording project!!

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by odie, Nov 9, 2003.

  1. odie

    odie Supporting Member

    Not sure how to use the equipment we have!!! I know its a problem. :)

    We have to record some drums. It is a DW set consisting of. Unfortunatly we dont have a lot of time to experiment.

    2 rack toms
    1 floor tom
    1 set ofh-hats
    4 crash splash cymabals
    1-china on right side

    For recording and equipment.

    Tascam 788 hard disk recorder
    basic 8 channel mixer
    basic 4 line mixer
    dbx 266xl gate compressor(2 sides)
    BBE sonic maximiser(366?) 2 sides
    couple of stereo eq's
    2 alesis processors(multiverb, and midi verb not sure of model)

    Mics are:
    Shure D112
    1-2 shure sm57's
    2 shure sm58's
    4 audio technicas(I think) drummer says they are similiar to 57's
    1 some other AKG, vocal miclike a 58.

    Any opinions on mic setup and what to gate.

    Thanx in advance.
  2. odie

    odie Supporting Member

    Help!!! :cool:
  3. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Simplest setup:

    D112 on kick
    SM57 on snare

    Two other mikes (pick which ones by ear) as overheads.

    Maybe gate the kick and snare if you want to process them later.

    The only reason to mike the toms is you can't get a good blend off the overheads.

    This is a tried and true method and since you have only 8 tracks, this gets you drums down on 4 tracks, remix and bounce down to two. Or you can be brave and mix the four mikes to 2 tracks.

    Have fun!
  4. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Oh yeah, put on some new heads and TUNE the kit!
  5. odie

    odie Supporting Member

    Definitely tune the kit!!!:D

    I was thinking about mikeing the toms, over heads, kick,snare.

    Running snare into one channel, kick into another,then mixing thetoms and overheads into a single channel. For three total.

    Make sense. Recommendations??
  6. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    Can't really rush it, your way might overcomplicate it for your time/experience limits. The two overheads would most likely do the trick, but there will HAVE to be at least some experimenting.

  7. As Brian has stated,this is the tried and true way to get the most from a minimal set up. Three seperate tracks will only complicate your process when mixing.

    Record until you get the best setup for yourself. Practice does make for more practice!


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