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Tom—Tom Drumheads Miking Analysis

Different drum recording techniques have been developed through time, from stereo to close miking techniques. This is relevant, since the techniques and the characteristics of the instrument will define its sound within the final mix. A study was designed that gives experienced and non-experienced recording engineers tools and specific characteristics of tom–tom close miking techniques with different drumheads, microphones, and capture positions. Results indicate the behaviors of the different drumheads and capture positions with the different microphones. The first frequency band of resonance (attack) shows the highest decay level compared to the second band of resonance (tone), and the edge position presented the lower decay level on the second band of resonance, showing its resonant behavior on the envelope.

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