- Mon Jun 01, 2009 7:29 pm
Since there is a dedicated section to recording now... I figure I'll post some things I'm finding. I've recently got a set up with a shure sm57 that I put on a stand and angle down to the center of the drum head. I've also got a beta 52a that I put about 6" to a foot away from the bottom of the drum. I'm really happy with the results. I dont have a lot of experience, but I like the way my recordings sound. I've recently got a Boss 20xl, it's a loop station that allows for 11 tracks and up to 16 minutes and is activated by foot pedal. In other words, I can record each dunun phrase on top of each other, and then record the acomp. djembe. I can throw in Krin and if I had a kora and a flute I'd be all set!... then just play it loud and practice soloing and playing within the rhythm. If I wanna change up the kenkeni.. I just go to that track, erase it and and record a new phrase over it. For practicing when you dont have anyone else around to keep the beat with you... this is AWESOME set up and not too expensive. I got the looper for about 170USD off ebay... got the SM57, cable, and stand for about 115. Feed that into your stereo and that's really all you need. You can even change the tempo without affecting the pitch of the drums, which is nice if you get into it and wanna speed it up, or are practicing chops.
The SM57 is a popular drum mic... especially for snare. You have to mic close, but it pics up nice and wont record much of any room noise (even if my wife is watching tv in the next room). It really helps my slaps and tones out. The Beta 52a is for kick drums. It works well to get a nice bass from the djembe and pure sound out of the dununs. I also use the SM57 on the dununs sometimes as well but the Beta picks up the bass better. I put the Beta on the opposite end of the dunun, and mike it about 3-4" from the head.