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Old 04-11-2018, 03:40 PM
Mo Tonkie Mo Tonkie is offline
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Default Re: How many mics???

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Old 04-11-2018, 04:52 PM
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Default Re: How many mics???

without a doubt, always mic the kick. then depending on your surroundings, add to accordingly. imo, the kick is the heart of the music. when sound checking, i always start with the drums. then vocals, then blend everything else in with them.
my uncle taught me how to run sound, he was a drummer.
and yes...there is such a thing as too many mics.
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Old 04-12-2018, 12:51 PM
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I rarely mic my drums, even the bass, simply because most of the places I play don't require it. I know how to tune it & I've got a heavy foot.

A problem with mic'ing the bass is unless you're running subs you're not going to get the low end, I've seen people try it with 12" speakers & frankly it sounds like crap, even 15s won't cut it most of the time.

I do have a complete set of mics for when I need them (like I did last weekend, played outside), 57s for the snare & toms, PD-52 for the bass & CAD-50s for overhead, my own mixer too if I need it.
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Old 04-16-2018, 04:00 PM
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Default Re: How many mics???

Here is how a sound company mic'ed my set for a recent concert.
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Old 04-28-2018, 04:25 PM
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Default Re: How many mics???

I gig every weekend, so i prefer to not have too many drums to lug around and set up, even having some gear stored in some of the pubs i play at, making it much easier for me. My pub/club gigging set up for the past 18 years has been a kick, snare, crash ride, crash, and hi hats. Being the lead vocalist in my band, i already have a mic set up in front of me, so my SM58 already catches hi-hat, crash, and snare, so no reason to mic those. I use a PG52 on the kick, and that's it.
Just as frantic freddie mentioned, I know how to tune my 20" kick to get a huge sound, and keep my kick wide open, with no porthole. Sounds great. I keep the volume pretty low, just enough to hear it through the speakers.. That's all i need for my situation, and i think it's all any drummer needs when gigging smaller venues. I also think it makes a drummer more creative when you're limited in gear, having to compensate for the missing drums/cymbals, etc.


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