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The Recording Drums Series
Part VII - Final Conclusions
The point of this series is to let you know that you can record great sounding drums. If you noticed, I didn't talk about mic placement or brands of mics. I truly believe that using Neumanns for overheads can improve your sound. But, no matter how much your mics cost, if the other areas aren't in place, you've wasted a lot of money.
My reality has been that you can get pro quality recordings with middle of the road mics if you tune properly, use new sticks, hit hard, and use a click track. It can be done and you can do it.
I hope that you found this series useful. As always, practice makes perfect so keep learning and keep recording.
Other Factors in Mixing Drums
As far as overall volume of the drums, I prefer them to be equal in volume with the vocals. The rythmic characteristics of drums will not drown out or over power vocals like the melodic instruments can. In fact, I start my mixing with drums and vocals then build the rest of the instruments around them.