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ok, not quite sure if this is where i should put this but it seems an appropriate place.

for my a/s level music technology course i am required have a multi-track recording.

in this i need some drums

atm i aim to have two overheads - AKG c1000, hi hat - SM58, a samson bass drum mic, and another sm58 on snare.

for the snare, do you advise top or bottom mic placement, and generally any other advice.
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With just a single mic on the snare, I'd say top placement would be best. As much as possible, try and get good separation between your mics. You're main technique for this is to place the mics with the "dead" portions of the mic response pointing towards close-by drums and cymbals... e.g. when placing your SM58 on the snare, position it so that the hi-hat is as far towards the back of the SM58's cardioid response pattern as possible to that it naturally rejects as much of the hi-hat sound as it can.

Most importantly, don't just place your mics by using "guidelines", have some cans on your head and listen to the sound your getting as you move a mic around to find the best "sweet spot"... this alone can yield serious improvements in the recorded sound.

An SM58 is probably not the best choice for recording hi-hats. If you have another small diaphragm condenser available, use that instead.
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i may have another c1000 would that be a better choice for the hi hat
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Yes, that'd be a better choice than the 58.
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