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.

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

Tag: 
AKG D112, DPA 2011, DPA 2011C, DPA 4091, Shure Beta 52, kick drum, recording, phase, phase align, mic position, marcel van limbeek, polarity, SSR