As a Recording Engineer who also played trap drums, I can relate to exactly what you said. As the musician, you hear the kick drum from the beater side while the recording/PA microphone is positioned on the other side of the batter head. Often, even more disconcerting, was the headphone feed while recording!
It was usually easy to hear if the kick drum was polarity reversed because the attack would tend to cancel with the other drum mics causing the kick drum to "loose its edge."
Corey Bailey Audio Engineering
From: Ellis Burman <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 5:06 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Mono but Out-of-Phase
I don't know if I can hear absolute polarity (I've never checked - I guess
I'll have to add it to my "to do" list), but if some people can, then I
feel sorry for all the drummers out there that have been listening to their
kick drum "sucking" (no pun intended - OK, well maybe) while playing their
kit live, then hearing it "blow" in the recording.
On Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 2:57 PM, Clark Johnsen <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> "I still work hard to make sure that what I produce is as close to correct
> polarity as I can make it."
> Excellent! BUT there is no standard of what is "correct" on tape, hard
> drive, LP or CD. The best one can hope for is *consistency*.