ORTF is a curious stereo technique with specific positioning requirements: 17cm between capsules, angled 110° apart. AKG’s classic C414 condenser mic is a must for any professional mic locker. A common approach for XY or ORTF is to come in like this. The choice of mics and their placement around the drum kit can have a massive impact upon the recorded sound and, while there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to mic placement and choices, here we'll look at some of the most popular options for getting quick and easy results. ... ORTF Stereo Recording. Drums. “[The 414s go] way back, and some of the early ones are pretty sought-after. 16). The idea behind this technique is that it is well suited for reproducing stereo cues that are similar to those that are used by the human ear to perceive directional information in the horizontal plane. When the drums sound killer at the drummer’s position: With decent microphones, this setup usually captures a sound close what the drummer hears. By far, the biggest mic-placement challenge most live sound engineers face is choosing and placing the right drum mics. Stereo recording is a technique involving the use of two microphones to simultaneously record one instrument. But you could plausibly come behind the drummer’s head. mic positioning 13 correct ways to mic up a drum kit. If you’re in a small space, then there’s a good chance you won’t need to mic up the kit at all. Then there are the methods – ORTF, XY, “Recorderman,” spaced pair, etc, etc, etc. Recorderman’s technique gets the microphones close enough to the drums that this isn’t an issue. The sound samples in this entry deal primarily with either the spaced pair (a more modern approach that favors cymbals) and the XY method (a more balanced kit and cymbal level with varying amounts of room). The mono signals from each microphone are assigned to the left and right channels of a stereo track to create a sense of width in the recording. Setups for stereo: ORTF Fig. 19 ORTF setup. (Fig. I fudged this slightly, owing to haste and my unfortunate reliance on the World’s Worst Stereo Mic Bar (produced by On-Stage Stands). The first [414s] had CK12 capsules in them…pretty sexy sounding mics, while the B-ULS [versions]…are a little darker. This setup uses two first-order cardioid microphones spaced 17 cm (7 in) and angled ±110°. The tricky thing about drum mic placement for sound reinforcement is figuring out exactly what you need to mic up.