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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

How Stereo Drum Miking Was Invented

Glyn Johns stereo drums image
We take stereo drum recording for granted, but it's easy to forget that most drum kits were regularly recorded in mono until the early 1970s.

How stereo drum miking actually came about is a unique story. It was accidentally invented by British engineer/producer Glyn Johns (we looked at his miking technique the other day) during the recording of Led Zeppelin 1 in 1968.

Glyn went on to use the method with other seminal British acts including The Who and The Beatles, among many others, but it's this story that's been told in many forms over the years.

Here's the man himself explaining how it all happened.

The part about the stereo drums begins at around 1:00.

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