In two days, I am supposed to record a rock (more like hardcore) band. I'm definitely no professional, rather doing it as a favor since I have most of the equipment.
I am starting with the drums and I normally record with an AKG drum microphone set. Therefore, I would use a D112 for the kick drum. However I can't get my hands on the microphone set and now I am stuck with the following microphones to record the drums:
- 2x Shure SM57, using them for the toms
- 1x Shure SM58beta, probably for the snare
- 2x AKG C535EB, two matched small condensers, as overheads
And I have:
- 1x crappy old Sennheiser vocal mic
- 1x rather new AKG dynamic vocal mic (don't know which one, the band's singer has it but can't tell me the model)
- 1x AKG Perception 220 (large diaphragm condenser)
Now, just from your experience:
- Can I record a kick drum with the AKG Perception or will it distort or even damage the microphone?
- Should I rather just use a dynamic vocal mic to try to capture the beater sound and then maybe trigger the rest?
Triggering would definitely be an option since the music style fits it. I'd much rather use the Perception as a second mic for the snare (e.g. on the bottom).