Cheers for the props Joe C, you come visit us again soon y'hear?
For the curious, the demo of mine & boulty's old band is online here. We recorded the drums at Confetti during Boultys first year there. It's pretty much a good illustration of how even with good quality mics and gear you can still make something that sounds utterly shit! The drummer plays for Hellset Orchestra now.
For anyone buying mic's, I would suggest getting a couple of good quality condensors for drum overheads, a good bass drum mic and a good general purpose dynamic. This will give you enough flexibility to record drums,, bass guitars and vocals and get decent enough results. Remember that Bonham was recorded with only two mics!
Brand wise I'd suggest:
Condensors: Studio Projects B1's. Flat out best value large diaphragm condensors money can buy. <£65
Bass drum: Audix D6. Has a kind of built-in eq curve that gives you that punchy sound without much effort. <£130
Gen. purpose dynamic: Audix i5 or Shure SM57. Opinions differ on these, I personally prefer the i5 in every situation I've heard it. Your mileage may vary.
And of course, some good speakers are a must. No good having nice mics if you can't tell whether the mix is any good.
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