Double-Miking Approaches For Drums

Looking into a technique that can deliver numerous advantages, especially when mixing in stereo.

By PSW Staff August 30, 2018

If you’ve never experimented with double-miking an instrument, you’re in for a treat. It can provide a whole new palette of tonal colors, along with surprising ease of control. It’s especially useful when working with an unfamiliar console, one that has limited EQ capability, or when multiple operators are working together on the same control surface.

In ” It Takes Two: Double-Miking Approaches For Drums,” Chapter 6 of the PSW Expert Series on Drum Microphones, long-time pro audio veteran Ken DeLoria details employing the double-miking technique on several drums that comprise the kit. They’re techniques that he (and others) developed and deployed over decades of live mixing, applied to:

  • Kick drum
  • Snare drum
  • Toms
  • Overheads
  • And more!

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The late Ken DeLoria served as a mix engineer, tuned hundreds of sound systems, and as the founder of Apogee Sound, developed the TEC Award-winning AE-9 loudspeaker.

The ProSoundWeb Expert Series on Drum Microphones is presented by Audix, and features top authors from ProSoundWeb and Live Sound International magazine.  This is the final chapter of the series but no worries — all of the previous chapters are available for download as shown below.

Chapter 1: “Techniques For Miking Drum Kits

Chapter 2:  “Optimizing Miking Of The Mighty Kick Drum”

Chapter 3: “Drum Miking: Creative Solutions To Capture The Kit

Chapter 4: “Snare Drum Miking: Techniques from The Field

Chapter 5: “Drum Miking: Unique Ways to Mic Up The Kit


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