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Microphone Month 3

Six Tips for Great Kick Drum Sound

#1. First, and probably most obvious is to experiment with mic placement. Try to get as close to the sound you want with the mic before you add any EQ. Take a look at where the drum beater is contacting the head, and mic to capture that attack. How far in or out of the drum you place the mic will have a large effect on the tone you capture. Further out will give you a more “resonant” or “woody” tone, while closer up should give you more attack, with less of the drum’s shell.

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