What would be the best way to position a microphone record drums with one microphone?

Though seemingly a ridiculous question, as one whos strapped for cash and doesn't want to use a drum machine, how would you do this?

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The short & realistic, if somewhat cynical, answer would be...

Do it like they did in the 50's - find a good-sounding room, keep moving the mic around the room until you get the best sound.

Without knowing the room [with one mic, the room is far more important than the mic], no-one's going to get a better answer.

  • And seriously, move it around a lot. First in a couple feet increments, then when it's fine, move it inch by inch to find the best spot.
    – user22688
    Jan 9, 2018 at 6:40

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