For today’s daily audiophile roundup I would like to share this excellent article written by Graham of therecordingrevolution.com on how professional audio engineers place microphones. Often times they do have a general procedure for the microphone placement for drum sets. But beyond that the general idea behind where they place them tends to be a combination of half guessing and checking. As he points out, since every drum is different, no specific place will work for every specific drum.
A good read if you have a chance this morning:
The Big Secret About Mic Placement