Mic'ing the kick drum from the batter side is usually a disaster. I actually experimented with this approach. The leakage from the snares (underside of the snare drum)is a killer. I tried several ideas, including variations of polarity using two mics. Even built an isolation skirt for the bottom of the snare drum. The isolation skirt helped the leakage situation considerably, but changed the resonance of the snare drum to the point of making the idea useless. I did however, make an interesting kick drum mic once from a cheap 8" speaker. The speaker was suspended from the front of the kick drum. Mic'ing the toms from both sides and flipping the polarity of the underside mic can be interesting but is usually more trouble than it's worth. The sum of the two out-of-phase mics has to be blended for a decent sound and the results are usually no better than you will get with a single mic on the drum. More often than not, a good drummer can play to the recording
setup. More than once, I mic'd Hal Blane with 5 microphones: Kick, Snare, Hi-Hat and two overheads in an X/Y placement. Hal did the rest.
Corey Bailey Audio Engineering
From: Paul Stamler <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 8:03 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Mono but Out-of-Phase
On 2/6/2013 4:34 PM, Lou Judson wrote:
> Gee, who would do that? A drummer?
> I always mic the audience side, just for versimilitude... ;-)
So do I, but sometimes people do it from the drummer's side. When The
Band's brown album was recorded, photos seem to show a mic on the
drummer's side of the kickdrum.
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> On Feb 6, 2013, at 1:05 PM, Paul Stamler <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> On 2/6/2013 1:13 PM, Lou Judson wrote:
>>> Imagine a drum, such as a kick drum. When they hit it the air moves toward you... Bestvway to determine absolute polarity...
>> Unless someone miked the kickdrum from the drummer's side.