As a recording engineer, you want to give every instrument it's best chance to shine. So, you use a lot of different techniques. It's possible, however, that you may not have considered double-miking.
There are certain times when this method is an especially solid choice. If, for example, the console you're working with is new to you, the EQ is a bit sub par, or there's a second engineer working at the console, then two mics makes good sense.
Let's assume you need a rich, rumbly drum sound and you just aren't getting it. You can try endless positions with one mike, different mics, EQ, compression and other techniques. Or, you can go for the double-mike. It's faster, easier, and by fading the channels you'll get a virtual wealth of tones and timbres to work with, without ever bothering with the EQ.
- There are countless ways to record sounds from various instruments, and the configurations of the studio and mikes can make all the difference.
- One key technique is to use two microphones to record instruments, especially drums.
- The result is a stereophonic capture which adds depth to the resulting recorded tracks.
“Properly utilized, the technique provides a whole new palette of tonal colors, along with surprising ease of control.”