Drum Overheads – A Stereo Pair Or Cymbal Spot Mics? | Production Expert

Drum Overheads – A Stereo Pair Or Cymbal Spot Mics? | Production Expert

In a recent conversation among the team we were discussing what the thinking was behind the apparently common practice of using a spaced pair of cardioid mics, often facing inwards, as a pair of overheads on drums? If the idea of a pair of overheads is to capture a stereo picture of the whole kit, rather than be cymbal mics, then exactly what is this arrangement trying to achieve and where does it come from?

Good examples of how to capture a drum kit. Lots of examples and clear discussion.

How to Make Your Kick Drum Go Boom

How to Make Your Kick Drum Go Boom

by DJ Pangburn, iZotope Contributor May 28, 2019

Learning how to give a kick drum a greater depth and boom takes time and effort. It’s just not something that comes right away, unless one happens to be a naturally born electronic music or hip hop producer.

I like learning how to get different sounds with step-by-step exposition of what is going on and how things affect the sound.

I recently purchased

Sasquatch Kick Machine 2 | Boz Digital Labs


Sasquatch 2 is a CPU-friendly kick drum enhancement plug-in that enables you to custom-tailor the sound of any kick drum, acoustic or electronic, with exhaustive creative possibilities, ranging from subtle to extreme and beyond.

which gets to booming kick drums (and then some) in short order. Great fun working on interesting sounds.

End Boring MIDI Drum Parts! – PreSonus Blog

Craig Anderton handy hint.

End Boring MIDI Drum Parts! – PreSonus BlogPreSonus Blog

I like anything that kickstarts creativity and gets you out of a rut—which is what this tip is all about. And, there’s even a bonus tip about how to create a Macro to make this process as simple as invoking a key command.

Layering Drums: Benefits, Pitfalls, and Techniques

Layering Drums: Benefits, Pitfalls, and Techniques:

Before discussing the advantages of drum layering, it’s worth mentioning that doing so is not always necessary. As we’ll discuss later on, samples layered together have to work together, and ideally should sound like one drum hit (even when soloed).

7 Tips for Mixing Drums

7 Tips for Mixing Drums:

Drums are a vital element in music. They get people moving and they provide a pulse that keeps songs alive. Well, hopefully they do. If they sound weak, the drums might do nothing more than cause disappointment and even death to your production. Don’t let that happen to you!