On August 18th I began tracking an album with my good friends in Diving, a mathy indie rock band from Austin. Last year I recorded a song with them for the re-release of their debut mini LP, Places and the Objects You Find There. The first couple of days were spent tracking drums and a little bit of guitar at our practice space in South Austin. The microphone set up of the drums for this session was a fairly normal studio set up with a few small changes between days 1 and 2.
KICK - Audix F-14
SNARE - SM57
R OVERHEAD - NT1A
L OVERHEAD - No name omni directional mic with slight modifications
FLOOR TOM - AKG 214
ROOM MIC R - SM58
ROOM MIC L - RANDOM 58 KNOCK OFF
KICK - SM57
SNARE - AKG 214
R OVERHEAD - NT1A
L OVERHEAD - NNODMWSM
FLOOR TOM - F-14
The room microphones were the same on both days.
After listening to the differences in drum sounds between days 1 and 2 I prefer the set up from day one but I'm not disgusted by the sound of day 2. The 214 picks up a little bit more ring than I'd like but still sounds good. I prefer the SM57 for the snare but it's nice to have a slight change from the previous day. If I had my druthers and could record the drums again I would use a 57 on the kick and snare while keeping the 214 on the floor tom. The NT1A sounds wonderful as an overhead, I've used the 2A before in a similar situation and loved it.
The guitars from this two day session were tracked as follows
Guitar 1 was played through a Vox AC30 and close miked up with the 214 and the NT1A as a room mic and guitar 2 was played through a Music Man 65 head into an Avatar 412 cab with the NT1A acting as close mike and the 214 taking the spot of the room microphone. The Avatar cab was had more bass than I was expecting but it had a great live sound. We've since switched to running the Music Man through a Bugera 212 cab.