Recording a Bass Drum with 2 Microphones

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Fab looks at how to record a bass drum with two microphones and explores the benefits (and problems) of doing that.

-Best positions with D112 + 47FET
-Best positions with MD421+U87
-Best positions with M88+Royer122
-Checking phase relationships
-Balancing the two mics
-Guided comparisons between the different sounds, mics and positions

The attached zip file contains the audio examples of every single microphone pair in solo and in context with the snare and the overheads. Please download the files and use it to form your taste, experiment and help you choose which microphones you will be using next time.

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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2019 May 08
And what about the phase of 2 mikes? In the Exercise files the kick signal is already mixed. Did you shift the phases? It's very important - and didn't explained.
2012 Aug 26
nice vid, i like the second set up the best. Real punchy and knocking!
2012 Aug 01
Hey Fab, How is moving the mic compared to using phase invert on the preamp? Thanks!
2012 Jan 20
nice! The ribbon sounds sooooooo fat man.