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More fun with Royers-introducing
the Ross Hogarth drum mic technique
As I was driving through Nashville a
few months ago, I received the invitation
to stop by Royer's Nashville office (the
company's main headquarters is in LA),
and what was supposed to be an hourlong breakfast stop turned into a 3-hour
tour of Royer South, ending up with
Royer's John Jennings loading up my car
with even more mics to try just for fun. (I
love my job. Have I mentioned that I love
my job? I love my job.) During a breakfast chat full of technique comparisons
and war stories, John asked if I'd ever
tried the Ross Hogarth drum mic technique. While I have met and talked with
Ross a few times at trade shows, I never
knew he had his own mic technique!
As it turns out, the Royer site has a great
video of it (royerlabs.com/library/lukasrossi-and-kenny-aronoff/). As described
there, it involves the use of very specific
microphone models, but I'll bet it would
be possible to adapt the idea to other
mics. Where many of us often use a single
mono room or front-of-kit mic, here there
are essentially three microphone elements
capturing an LCR style setup all at once.

Ross's setup starts with a mono Royer
like an R-121 or R-122, placed in front of
the kit at the distance of your choice, facing straight on. Then a second Royer mic,
a stereo SF Series design like the passive
SF-12 or active SF-24, is placed upside
down, directly above the mono mic. This
set up gives you three (six, counting rear
reflections) planes of capture, and all of
them will be perfectly in phase.
On its own, it's a very natural, open
"you are there" sound. Often stereo mics
can seem too wide, and we must collapse
the panning a tad to rein them in. Here,
however, the mono mic fills in the center
nicely, and being an R series mic it adds
a gentle forwardness to the sound. By
altering the balance of stereo to mono
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mics, almost as you would in a Mid/Side
recording, you can vary the stereo depth
and perception.
I used this setup on much of the album
described in the review. I then took it a
step further (as described in the video)
and used the SF-24 and an R-122 MKII as
the room mics, plus an SF-12 as a perfectly in-phase stereo drum overhead mic.
I then added kick, tom, snare, and even
close-up spaced cymbal miking with a
pair of AEA N8 mics (did I mention I'm in
a big ribbon phase right now?).
I should also note that the stereo SF-24
mic made multiple appearances in the
tracking sessions, for example as a room
mic on the Leslie cabinet, and a justinside-the-lid mic on the grand piano

recording. I'd like to thank John for the
extra mics to play with, and both John
and Ross for this cool miking technique.-PV


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