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Old 6th February 2011 , 12:19 PM
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Any golden tips on positions, and mics? Normally use 57's, seem to be alright but open to some suggestions. Or even if you dont see the need to mic em and just use the overhead's.
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Old 6th February 2011 , 12:22 PM
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Also, what tuning do you find best? Wet flappy sound, long decay?
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Old 6th February 2011 , 12:35 PM
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I'm mostly using Sennheiser e604 clip-on mics on small toms and Sennheiser MD521 mics (same as a the MD421 but minus the roll-off switch) on bigger and floor toms. I find going to floppy will boom too much and spoil a recording. The other essential ingredient is Moon Gel, couldn't entertain doing a drum recording without it!
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Old 6th February 2011 , 04:23 PM
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josephson e22s top and bottom when I have a budget, 604s when I dont. As for how to tune them, tune the drums so they sound awesome and then record that. If you don't they won't. Simple really.
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Old 6th February 2011 , 04:38 PM
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haha, make sure they sound awesome, thats some good advice. I've just bought a new ludwig kit for my studio so sure they will sound awesome. I tried the MD421 on the floor tom, I wasnt to sure about it as I normally use that for kick, although might be good if I'm trying to get a more metal/rock sounding tom. Moon gel is for sure a life saver when it comes to it as well, even have half resting on them makes a massive difference. I'll have a think about the 604 they're pretty cheap so would be much of a gamble.
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Old 6th February 2011 , 06:36 PM
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You'd be surprised how many so-called professional engineers forget that the key to this game are the things sticking out of either side of their head!

As an aside, though I used to swear by 'em, I'm kind of over 421s on drums at all nowadays
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Old 6th February 2011 , 07:59 PM
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This is the reason I have just bought the Ludwig kit and a few new cymbals. Recorded quite a few bands and not only does it make the difference of a good recording to a great one it always saves you a lot of time of the mixing. Know any good dealers of that E22s?
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On a budget, CAD M177/M179s rock on toms.
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