How to Record Drums with Multiple Microphones

record drums with two microphones

After showing how to record drums with two mics in a video released earlier, these new videos featuring top engineer Bob Clearmountain (The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen) and drummer Matt Chamberlain (David Bowie, Tori Amos, Soundgarden) show how to record drums with multiple microphones, using an Apogee Quartet and an Ensemble Thunderbolt.

4 Mics

Watch how to record drums with 4 mics in the video below. The following mics were used:

  • Neumann U87 – 2x overheads
  • Shure SM57 – Snare mic
  • AKG D112 – Inside kick drum
  • Mojave – Alt. kick drum mic

Multiple Mics

Watch how to record drums with multiple mics in the video below. The following mics were used:

  • Royer SF12 – Overhead
  • Sennheiser 604e – Toms
  • AKG C452 – Hi Hat
  • Shure SM57 – Snare top
  • Shure SM57 – Snare bottom
  • Shure Beta 52A – Kick drum
  • Neumann U87 – Room mics

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