Does it make a meaningful change in how the drums sound is mic'ed up when the mic is outside the drum vs inside? Just for reference...




enter image description here

  • I'd think it picks up more noise from other drums and cymbals the further you take it out. If you want to mic a drum use a head like the one in the picture below – Kellen Stuart Sep 15 '16 at 22:03

The second one is double-miked; best of both worlds.

Mic positioning is sometimes sonic preference vs convenience/resistance to cross-talk.

Live, getting the mic pointed straight at the beater inside the drum is going to give the least spill from other instruments.

In the studio, you will only need to be concerned with spill from other drums.

A mic pointed at the beater will pick up a lot of the click & snap from the head as it is struck, giving the most immediate sound. However, it can take time/distance for the waveform of the drum to fully form, so miking from a foot or more away can capture the full movement of air that the drum is capable of producing. This is the "whoomph" - the stuff that can really move the floor.

Being able to blend the two mics, paying attention to phasing & tweaking the positions until both are in complementary sweet spots, is what can distinguish an ordinary kick from a great kick.

Live, this would be just too difficult to separate from the other extraneous noise going on on stage, so unless you can glass box the drummer, it's less likely to be used.

Picture 1, btw, doesn't appear to have an air-hole in the front skin, so the engineer's gone for 'next-best' approach.

Irrelevant point of spelling/grammar/syntax... it's easier to say that the drum is miked with a mic, if for no other reason than it removes the potential confusion with rodents or computer pointing devices ;-)

  • It looks like a Beta 56A photographed from a strange angle, if that's the case, then it's pointing (roughly) into the drum. – Jörg W Mittag Sep 18 '16 at 8:55
  • Ahh, right - yeah, maybe I'm seeing it wrong - zooming in I might be confusing the shock mount & mic. I found a larger copy of the same photo & edited into the question – Tetsujin Sep 18 '16 at 9:02

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.