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Microphone Selection and Placement
Standard techniques for miking snare drums, guitars and vocals are well-documented, but sometimes unusual situations can trip you up in the studio.
Here are a couple of tricks:
- If the drum set you're miking has six or more toms, individually miking each tom may not produce the clearest sound (due to phasing). Instead, place a condenser microphone between each pair of toms, and select the figure-8 pattern on the mike. A good model for this is the AKG414.
- When miking trumpets, use a dynamic (moving coil) microphone (like a model SM57, RE20 or 421) positioned 45 degrees off axis and about one foot away. This will produce a sound that will mix better with the rest of the instruments.
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