If you’re smart, then you know by now that the key to a great recording and ultimately a great mix (besides having a great song and a great performance) is getting the right mic placement. Where you point the mic makes a HUGE difference to the tone of your recording. But there is one key to getting the best mic placement possible for a given situation that many people miss: you need to not care what it looks like.
But It Doesn’t Look Right!
Inherently this is how we typically setup the microphones for recording something. Pretend we’re miking up a drum kit. We think about how we’ve seen drum kits miked up before (perhaps on stage somewhere or in a magazine article) and we proceed to put the microphones where they look “right.” We point a mic at the kick, one at the snare, a couple over the cymbals, etc. The problem is we’re thinking too much about what the mics look like on the kit, and not what the mics are looking AT. Big difference.
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