A while back, in an article titled “Drums – Top Down Recording,” I shared my thoughts on recording drums using a “top down” methodology. Simply put, this means the aggregate of the drum kit is captured with a pair of mics, and all other mics are used purely to boost the individual drums within that overall sonic image.
Today, I’d like to share with you a video on “The Recorderman Technique,” which employs the top down methodology. In the Recorderman technique, the goal is to capture the overhead image in such a way that the snare (which is typically physically offset from the center of the kit), and kik drum, both appear dead center.
This technique (and Recorderman himself) were developed on one of my sessions many years back. It is one of many similar techniques by others, as there is literally nothing you can do that’s new.
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