In this free drum lesson, Jared Falk and DrumLessons.com sound engineer Victor Guidera, guide you through the microphones and miking techniques used for getting the bass drum sound you hear on all the free drum lessons on DrumLessons.com. This free drum lesson on bass drum miking includes tips for getting more click or tone out of your bass drum; a list of good quality budget microphones; what to consider when buying a microphone for your bass drum, and tips that will help you make your own subkick.
You have to realize that there are numerous factors that contribute to the sound you’ll be getting from your bass drum. Having a good quality drum set, good tuning and drumming abilities, comes before having the best microphones and knowing the best miking techniques in the world. The idea here is that you get a great quality sound out of your bass drum before you start capturing its sound with a microphone. Therefore, if you’re lacking on good tuning skills and knowledge on muffling techniques, we encourage you to check the free drum lessons “How To Tune Your Bass Drum” and “How To Muffle Your Drums“. If you want to improve on your bass drumming technique, we encourage you to check our ever growing collection of free drum lessons on bass drumming, so you can start working on your weaknesses or on something that interests you.
To learn about common technical terms and theory behind drum set miking for both live and studio settings, check the free drum lesson “Drum Set Mic Technique Overview“. You’ll learn about audio spectrums, frequency responses, and how the type of microphones used affects the overall sound you’re capturing.
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