That was my initial question, but I soon realized that everything is possible with strategic microphone placement. It’s filled with practical and easy to use tips for all your recording and mixing sessions. That being said, the Zoom H4n Pro offers all of that and then some! I hope it’s inspired you to start recording drums at home with less microphones! Tune the drums. You don’t have to have an expensive mic or a stereo model for it to record the drums, so it’s okay if you don’t have a lot of fancy equipment. The different polar patterns (especially omni-directional) provide more depth to your sound and can create the illusion of a stereo image in mono. I just wanted to explore some of the options available because I hadn’t even considered some of them myself. The whole process should be simple and easy when it’s done properly. Audio Issues believes in a society where people strive to understand each other better through the power of great sounding music. If I had realized that the Zoom H4n Pro was such an excellent tool to learn how to record drums with one microphone, I wouldn’t have sold it! Do you have any info on phasing issues with two mics on drums Graham, i.e. I have found myself in the country side with a U89i Mbox and Ludwig drum kit and suddenly need to record some drums for a project. Place it too low and you’ll get too much power from the kick drum that creates a boomy sound that’s too kick-drum focused. If you’re looking for “punchiness”, this microphone placement probably isn’t ideal for you. Ideally, the polar pattern should be cardioid because our sound course is in front of us. The Audio Technica AT2050 is one of the best/most affordable multi-pattern microphones out there and grants you the ability to switch polar patterns at the flick of a button. A tight sounding, well-tuned heads placed well in a good sounding room will go a long way towards a great recording. Here’s why it’s probably the best option out there: Use the Zoom H4n Pro (or any other similar handy recorder) to record your drum kit anywhere (studio, venue, outside, etc…) without your computer. The second recording on the page is with a single condenser in the kit heart. The Beatles used to record their drums with the same mono overhead mic placement. I would have thought that one needs more than one microphone to get better balance of the different drum sounds. Normally, far room mics are used in combination with other microphones, but it can certainly create that “distant” sound on its own. To be honest, I always believed that drums would be one of the most difficult instruments to record. Placing the drum-kit is pretty important if you’re going to use a single microphone. From this far away, the only type of microphone I recommend is condenser. A high tide floats all boats and the ocean is big enough for all of us to explore. I hadn’t considered the possibility of recording drums with one microphone. If you place the mic too high or point it towards the cymbals they will overpower your sound. In other words, learning to record drums with one microphone using either room mic placement will require an ear for balance. The first recording on the page is with a single sm57. You’ll be surprised how easy and affordable it can be to record your drums with one microphone. Dynamic microphones work best in close proximity to sound sources, but it’ll be impossible to get that close with one microphone. I have recorded plenty of one mic drums before with much crappier mics but I am not enjoying the sound I am getting from it this time round. The fourth and final reason recording drums with one microphone is so powerful is that when it comes time to mix, things go super quick. Some people would think that this something that can just be done out of the blue but from my experience, it requires some level of expertise to get it just right. Close micing individual drums will be covered in more detail as part of approach number 2, which looks at a more surgical approach to recording drums, by close micing almost every element of the kit.