Recording Drums: Kick Drum | Soulsound

Marcel discusses how best to record a kick drum. In order to capture a bass drum correctly, Marcel uses four microphones in the same position to achieve four different sounds. Being perfectly in phase, these can be mixed to achieve a gorgeous sound even before reaching for the EQ. He demonstrates his own technique for phase alignment. As a human mic stand, Marcel also demonstrates a method of microphone placement that maximises the pressure level and therefore the low frequency response of a large diaphragm condenser microphone.

Filmed in the Neve Studio at SSR London.

This masterclass is best listened to on a good pair of headphones or quality studio monitors

AKG D112
DPA 2011
DPA 2011C
DPA 4091
Shure Beta 52
kick drum
phase align
mic position
marcel van limbeek
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