Tonight, a drummer (recommended by a friend who is an audio engineer) is coming over to record a live track for I Just Don’t Believe.
I’ve never recorded drums before, and I’m afraid I’ll screw this up since I don’t have the usual accoutrements associated with drum recording (no drum room, no full mic kit). I don’t even have a mic specifically for the kick drum (AKG D112, for example). Here are my thoughts on the process:
Use two hypercardioid pencil condensers for overheads. They have a HPF installed on the capsule, which should help avoid too much collision in the lower EQ ranges.
Use two supercardioid dynamic mics, on floor stands (no shock mounts ) on either side of the kick drum to pick up the kick, snare, and toms (if he brings any).
I do have an AKG dynamic vocal mic that I could possibly dedicate to the kick / snare if I mount it on a stand and get it pointed in between the two. But I’ll get the kick coming from the shell and not the head if I do that.
I also have an AKG C414 that I can set to omni to pick up room ambiance, but I’m afraid of getting rattling, etc. from other stuff down here since I don’t have a drum room to isolate him.
I only have a stereo audio interface, i.e. I’m going to have to mix this live and route the master bus from the Mackie into my audio interface in stereo (vs. dedicating a track to each drum or class of drum). Undoubtedly, this will then require me to use a multi-band compressor to keep the overall sound under control.
I have an outboard mono compressor only so that means I can’t use it and preserve the stereo image. That sucks.