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, recording, phase, phase align, mic position, marcel van limbeek, polarity, SSR