Description : One mic, pretty damn good sound. Here's how I did it: I played my trusty Tama Starclassic Performer (birch shells). Mapex M Series birch snare with stock... [+]
Description : One mic, pretty damn good sound. Here's how I did it: I played my trusty Tama Starclassic Performer (birch shells). Mapex M Series birch snare with stock head. For cymbals.... Zildjian 14" New beat HH Zildjian 70s sizzle ride with rivets Zildjian A Custom 16" Fast Crash (near HH) Sabian AAX 16" Dark Crash I used an AKG C2000B large-diaphragm condenser microphone on a straight stand (chest-height) about a foot in front of the kit, on the left side of my kick -- since I'm lefty, that means somewhat near the ride). I plugged the mic into a cheap mixing board (Behringer... yes, I know) and ran direct into my sequencer, which is Cockos' Reaper. I set the levels not too loud, because clipping when you're recording acoustic drums is NEVER a good thing.... I had about 5db of headroom overall. I started recording in the sequencer and then hit record on my Sony TRV38 camcorder (with fisheye lens attachment). Very few effects have been added -- just some minor EQ (barely bumping up the mids and highs), some reverb, and a tiny bit of compression. I'm pretty pleased with the results. I've heard horrible drum audio with drum videos, and the easiest way to get the best possible sound is record yourself like this... When you're happy with the audio from the sequencer, just bounce it down and import it into your video editing software as an audio track. When you are editing the video, just sync the condenser-mic-recorded audio to the video, and MUTE the camcorder's audio track. Easiest way to line it up is to zoom in and line up the waveforms. Voila! Clear, listenable drum video. :) Any further questions, contact me, and I'll be happy to help. chrisATthemixtapeDOTnet.