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Minimal Micing Concepts: Recorderman

Minimal Micing Concepts: Recorderman



A good minimal micing setup can help you achieve fantastic results with only a few channels. It can also capture a wonderful, organic, sound no matter how many channels you have. There are quite a few minimal micing setups and, depending on your situation, all of them are useful. Today I would like to cover the very effective Recorderman setup.

The Recorderman setup uses only 2 microphones. One directly over the snare,aimed directly at the snare, and another over the should of the drummer also aimed at the center of the snare. Each mic should be roughly 2 drumstick lengths away from the snare. Of course the height can be adjusted to accommodate the drummer. I have also added a kick drum mic to help capture a good solid bottom end for our simple setup.

Personally I find the Recorderman a little uncomfortable as a player. It’s a very intrusive configuration so once we demonstrate the basic setup we move the mics a little higher to see if the sound changes at all.

Enjoy this setup. Next month we’ll look at another minimal micing configuration.

Happy recording!

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FullOnDrums Open House & Seminar!!!

FullOnDrums Open House & Seminar!!!

Ultimate Rhythm Studios will be sponsoring the first ever Open House Extravaganza by FullOnDrums! The event will be held on December 7, 2013 between 1pm-6pm at Ultimate Rhythm Studios.



Have questions about recording drums? Want to learn more about drum micing, tuning, head choices, and more?

Then come to the FullOnDrums Open House Extravaganza where you can hang out with the FOD crew and get your questions answered. Charlie, Scott, and Kurt will be on hand to talk about any part of the recording process.

The day will feature demonstrations (full schedule below) on how to record drums, tuning, anatomy of a drum, and much, much more.

Lucky attendees will have chances to win one of two microphones from Audio Technica and drumheads from Evans Drumheads!

Drummer extraordinaire Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper, Six A.M., Paul Gilbert) will give tips about recording and treat us all to a killer performance.


Please RSVP at if you plan on attending.


The goal is to create a community for drummers and recording enthusiasts to hang out and talk about the art of recording drums!


1pm – Come hang out and talk about everything drum recording. There will be plenty of gear setup to check out!
2pm – Minimal Micing Demonstraion featuring Audio-Technica Mics – approx. 30min
2:30pm – AT2020 Giveaway
3pm – Kurt Berger Tuning Clinic / Drumhead Giveaway featuring Evans Drumheads- approx. 30min
4pm – Kick Drum/Snare Drum micing demo – approx. 25min
5pm – Glen Sobel guest Clinic/Performance – approx. 30-40min
5:30pm – AT2020 Giveaway
6pm – Closing down the studio for the night.


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