RECORDING | Drum Microphone Set Up

The sound of drums sets the tone for the overall quality of production. If the drums of your demo or EP sound bad, that’s enough to affect the feel of the rest of the entire recording. Even if your guitars sound great, even if the voice of the singer has never been so clear and powerful: if the drums don’t smack, the whole production will be judged badly.

Capturing a good drum sound can be complex. It is very common to use eight microphones or more, and their quality and placement is absolutely paramount. Once you’ve managed to properly place the mic’s and get a good recording, it is still necessary to know what to do with all these tracks. How to give them that punch and clarity that characterize the albums of your favourite artists?

Surely you are wondering how you can compete with the “real” studios? How to do well on a small budget, few microphones and limited space?


You do not need a big budget to achieve a professional drum sound . You just need the proper training and a few simple techniques to make the most of your material and your recorded tracks.

You already have a good part of the material. You just need a little knowledge and practice.


Warren Huart runs an online audio training program called Produce Like a Pro where he teaches students a wide variety of recording, mixing, and production techniques that translate just as well in the home studio as in large professional ones. 

Follow along as Warren discusses microphone placement and drum setup at the infamous Sunset Sound Recording Studio in Los Angelas, California. This comprehensive overview, along with many other free tutorials at Produce Like A Pro will allow you to get the most out of the limited gear you have to get you sounding radio ready in no time.