I'm near the end of a project that involves a lot of small percussion, and we're using djembes for many of the tracks. I got a decent sound by using a pair of dynamic mics, one above the rim pointed down on an angle, the other pointed at the djembe's bottom opening at the floor. (The djembe wasn't in a stand, so that made very close miking on the rim not practical.)
I got a decent sound, a little boomy but with decent bass and okay detail. Here's a typical sample of three djembes, with no EQ or reverb or other changes:
This will be pretty buried in this mix, so the sound is good enough for this use. However, I have some projects coming up where I'd like to get more detail from the head and have better control over the sound.
Can anyone tell me how I can do this, given my setup? Should I use a condenser mic on the head and a 57 on the tail? Will I be better able to get detailed sound from the head (so we can hear the sound of fingers scraping the head, et cetera) if I get a stand for the djembe and mic the head even closer?