Recording Drums, Part II: Close Mic Techniques

Welcome back for Part 2 of our new drum mic video series. Fire up a good pair of speakers or headphones and switch your video stream to HD: This time, we’re taking a look at some of the most popular approaches for close mic’ing drums.

This video was filmed at Strange Weather Brooklyn by Elias Gwinn of Velidoxi and features back-to-back comparisons of a different mics and placements.

Inside, you’ll hear real-world examples using some mics provided by Sennheiser: An e902 kick drum mic; an e914 condenser, and the e905 dynamic mic; Plus: the classic MD 421 and 441, and a vintage Neumann FET 47 from the collection at Strange Weather. All the clips are presented with no EQ, compression, or effects processing of any kind.

Stay tuned for additional sound clips, plus our upcoming episode on creative room mic techniques. For more videos in this series, subscribe below, or sign up for our newsletter at or visit or visit our video channel on YouTube.

For more on Sennheiser’s Evolution Series microphones, click here. This series was produced by Justin Colletti and SonicScoop, and was shot and edited by Elias Gwinn of and “Masters From Their Day.” In case you missed it, check out Part 1 on overhead mics.

Justin Colletti is an audio engineer, journalist and educator who lives in Brooklyn.

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