Originally posted by richiejazz:
Talking of damping....... when you peeps are largely condeming dampening, would that also apply when the drums are close-miced?? Or more specifically would you consider more damping for studio recording???
Here's an important concept to grasp. You do whats important to make the music be at its best.
If that means a tight sound works, then do it. If that means a loose open sound works, do it.
Making music is an art. That means there are no rights and wrongs. However, there can be shitty art in one persons view of it.
Imagine Led Zepplin with a tight drum sound, or the Beatles "Come Together" with a wide open one. Neither would be what they were at the time.
So if you start from that perspective, you'll know what to reach for in a sound...studio or otherwise. You always manipulate the sound according to the audience. So if your audience hears you from a set of monitors, through headphones, or live, tune for it. You do things differently (or should learn to) for different situations.
You cannot categorically say make the sound muffled for close micing because the choice of a mic, where its placed, the tuning, drum sound and room all affect the end result. If you take an SM57 for example and push it in within an inch of the head surface on a wide open ringy drum, you'll likely get a muddy ringy result. Pull the mic back 4-6" in an acoustically well balanced room and you will likely get a pretty balanced drum sound.