When I'm tracking drums, I tend capture the room in 3 ways: something up close and mono, something stereo further away and something fucked to add excitement and bolster the centre of the stereo rooms.
For the past few months, I've really loved the sound of my Cascade Fatheads in a Blumlein position (or as close as these shockmounts will let me get) about 10-12 feet away from the kit. Because they're ribbon microphones, they're capturing a lot of lower mid chunk power and subdue the cymbals. To add to the centre of this picture, I've got a Beyer MC930 in a similar position running into a cranked tube preamp, it sounds crazy on it's own but it adds a lot of size and sizzle.
The up close mono microphone this time is actually more of a centre overhead. My pal Stu from the band Sleep Well lent me his AEA N8 to try out (thanks mate!) and this microphone is great! I've got it set up over the drummer's shoulder facing the snare and it's just adding a little extra kick and snare drum detail in my overhead picture.
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