Drum Recording VIDEO: Overhead Mics Compared

This month, we’re happy to announce the launch of a new series on drum mic techniques with our partners over at SonicScoop.

We filmed this one at Strange Weather Brooklyn, using microphones provided by Sennheiser.

In this episode, you’ll learn about (and hear) some of the most popular and flexible overhead mic placements in history, including: XY, ORTF, Spaced Pair, Glyn Johns, and the classic “Mono Overhead” approach.

Each of the sound clips in this episode consist of no more than 4 mics: A pair of overheads, plus close mics on kick and snare.

The overhead mics are a pair of Sennheiser e914s, the kick and snare mics are the e902 and e905, also by Sennheiser. All the clips are presented with no EQ, compression, or effects processing of any kind.


Stay tuned for additional sound clips, plus our upcoming episodes on close mics and room mic techniques.

For more videos in this series, subscribe at the top of this page, or on SonicScoop’s YouTube channel. For more on Sennheiser’s “Evolution 900” series of microphones, which we used to make this video, click here. This series was shot and edited by Elias Gwinn of Velidoxi.

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