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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Bob Clearmountain - Recording Drums With 4 Mics

Bob Clearmountain is one of the great recording and engineers of all time, mixing huge hits for The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, The Pretenders, and many more. He's also a part owner of Apogee Electronics, so he occasionally does some videos demonstrating their products.

Here's a great video where he shows the original Glyn Johns minimal miking technique as used on classic records by Led Zeppelin and The Who. Bob uses a 4 channel Apogee Quartet to record (hence the 4 microphones).

Matt Chamberlain is the drummer, and towards the end of the video he discusses the drum selection and tuning for a Jon Bonham sound. Very cool.

1 comment:

Dave Lopez said...

Thanks, Bobby! Great find.

I've tried this technique many times with great success, BUT I've never been able to properly measure and get the mics equidistant from the focused drum. Then I stumbled across Glyn actually talking about his set up and what he says at around 4:30 was eye opening. Make that ear opening.


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