Drum Set 1 Mic

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Fab moves an AKG C12 around until the drum set sounds good with just one microphone.

-Multiple mic positions
-Multiple gobo positions
-Multiple drum positions
-Focused comparisons between positions
-Microphone comparisons
-Compression with UAD Fairchild 670

The attached zip file contains the audio examples of every position in every acoustically modified environment. Please download the files and use it to form your taste, experiment and help you choose where you will set your microphone and your drum set in your room.

Exercise files
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Fab Dupont

Fab Dupont is an award-winning NYC based record producer, mixing/mastering engineer and co-founder of

Fab has been playing, writing, producing and mixing music both live and in studios all over the world. He's worked in cities like Paris, Boston, Brussels, Stockholm, London and New York just to name a few.

He has his own studio called FLUX Studios in the East Village of New York City.

Fab has received many accolades around the world, including wins at the Victoires de la Musique, South African Music awards, Pan African Music Awards, US independent music awards. He also has received Latin Grammy nominations and has worked on many Latin Grammy and Grammy-nominated albums.


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2014 Sep 22
It's easy for me to shake my finger at fledgling engineers, knowing what I know now, and this video just gives me more ammunition, despite the fact I made the exact same mistakes at the exact same point in my development as an engineer. Truly though, if only everyone coming up through the ranks had to learn to make one mic work for drums, and to build a mix with it, using techniques like shown here, there'd be so much less mistakes made when we come to the 4,8,16,24 mic drum setups. As with every video I've watched here so far, I can't say I didn't learn anything. Fabs common sense helps loads
2012 Oct 04
how do you skip from one marker to the other without touching the mouse, what shortcut keys are you using, would help a lot. Thanks
2012 Sep 14
Thanks brother, can i borrow your drummer?
2012 Aug 26
Great video, nothing but useful information on puremix! How long did it take you to learn all these concepts and philosophies. Where did you find all this information that you share with us, i wish i would've had the chance to shadow you since the first day you made a record, maybe that way i could be half the engineer that you're now. Thanks for everything, bless.
2012 Mar 08
Thank you very much for this video, I was amazed of the clarity difference when use gobo walls! keep them coming :)
Dave Zerio
2011 Nov 03
Thanks for some great knowledge! I really appreciate the fact that the same demonstration is done with both a mic that we all want, and then a mic that we all have! There are so many online videos / tutorials that show great gear that only pro studios have.
2011 Oct 15
@BobRogers: This is true. Don't worry though, these 2 techniques you are referring to are the subject of other videos that are currently in the pipe line. Glad you enjoyed it.
2011 Oct 15
Very good job. One thing you didn't mention is that this is the first step in two or three mic techniques like Recorderman and Glyn Johns. Both of those methods depend on the first mic being well positioned.
2011 Jun 25
This is an excellent tutorial and video! Learned so much about using 1 mic.
2011 Apr 29
Not too many people consider the positioning of the drums in the room. Very nice!