Recording Drums with Two Microphones!

In this video, I continue my series on recording drums … by doubling the about of microphones I used!

This time, I used two Shure SM57s – one in the kick drum, and one as an overhead. The overhead was positioned similarly to the mic in my “one mic” video, but raised higher, since it didn’t need to capture kick drum also.

No eq or compression on this one – just drum and mic sounds.

I think it sounds pretty good! I can hear a little imbalance in the cymbals – the ride cymbal sounds a bit loud, and my slashes are really quiet. I think they would be louder with a second overhead mic placed a bit closer to that side of my drum set.

Otherwise, not bad! (well, except perhaps for my playing).

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Changing Snare Drum Heads!

Time to change top and bottom heads on my snare drum. Here’s how I do it! I show how I remove and replace both heads, deal with the snare wires, and tune both the top or batter head and the bottom or snare side head.

Fun stuff!

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Record Drums with One Mic!

Guess what? You can totally record drums with one microphone. Even a cheap one!

In this video, I demonstrate how to record a drum set using a single cheap microphone – a Shure SM57.

How did I do it? I set it up behind the kit, by my right elbow, and pointed the mic at my bass drum. My hopes were to NOT have a really thin-sounding kick drum, and to try to capture the whole kit with a single mic.

I think I did that pretty well – listen to the drums in the video and let me know what you think.

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My Home Recording Studio Setup

In this video, I share my home studio with you. I show off my space, and my instruments, recording equipment, and microphones.

Though you’ll see lots of gear, it’s all pretty normal, simple stuff – no huge recording desk, mixing board, or a bunch of outboard gear. Just some mics, a recording interface, and a laptop!

Here’s a list of what I use (the stuff that appears in this video):

Instruments (not all of them!):

Recording Interfaces:


Video camera used in this video:

What’s your home studio look like? Please share!

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Home Recording Studio for the Average Musician

There’s a lot or “how to record music” videos out there – tips, tricks, and tutorials …. made by pros. Made by people who do this stuff full-time, and who use great equipment, pricey microphones, etc.

But there’s not a lot out there for the “average musician” – people like me who have non-music jobs … but also like to record a song in his or her spare time.

So … I thought I would make some! These videos will show off the tools I use to make music, and how I do it.

Hopefully you watch, learn, and share what you know, too!

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David Lee King

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