The miking of a drum kit often turns out to be very complex and offers a large number of approaches from a purely technical point of view.
But of course there are minimalist ways that can be used for various reasons.
Not everyone has a large number of inputs on the audio interface they use or enough suitable mics for multitrack miking. Sometimes you just need a quick setup to capture an idea, a rough take or to create a drum loop.
Here are four suggestions for such a “quick setup”, for which only two microphones are needed:
2-mic setup 1:
A pair of condenser mics is used here for “Glyn Johns” inspired miking. The mic above the kit should aim vertically at the snare, the other from the position behind the floor tom should do the same horizontally. The distances must be measured out and be identical, otherwise phase problems can occur. The drums will sound quite natural but will make it impossible to emphasize individual elements of the kit.
2-mic setup 2:
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2-mic setup 3:
2-mic setup 4:
In the end, the application area and personal taste as well as the creative use of these techniques are decisive for the final result and can also be used as a starting point for further experiments in drum miking.