How To Mic Cymbals
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 cymbal sound you hear on all the free drum lessons on DrumLessons.com. This free drum lesson on cymbal miking includes tips on microphone positioning for the ride cymbal, hi-hat, auxiliary hi-hat, and for the remaining cymbals.
You have to realize that there are numerous factors that contribute to the sound you’ll get from your cymbals. Having good quality cymbals and drumming skills comes before having the best microphones and knowing the best miking techniques in the world. The way you hit a cymbal affects its sound. So knowing exactly how and why your playing is affecting their sound will help you in developing the touch required to get the best sound out of them. This will in turn enhance any recording of your drum set. Remember, each piece you have on your drum set is an instrument on its own right. So like any other instrument, the more time you spend mastering their playing techniques the best sound you’ll get out of them, and the best you’ll ultimately be at playing them.
If you’d like to learn more about how to mic other instruments on your drum set, we encourage you to check the free drum lessons “How To Mic A Bass Drum“, “How To Mic A Snare Drum“, and “How To Mic Toms“.
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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