I just bought a Zoom Q8 and am using its built in stereo mics as sort of room mics. I've connected two mics into my little mixer and two output leads from the mixer into the two XLRs of the Q8. The only reason I'm not connecting the mics direct to Q8 is because I need to feed backing tracks into the Q8 as well.
I'm doing all this without any software, no DAW, as I don't currently have a PC. I'm just using what limited EQ knobs there are on my behringer mixer plus the basic mixer built into the Q8. But I'm obviously not expecting the best sound, just something decent.
I'm recording in my kitchen which is a very live room, a little harsh sounding with a lot of wall reflections. But I think I'm starting getting to get a decent sound and am interested in your thoughts. The hardest thing I'm finding is getting a good kick drum sound, particularly with no means of post processing. I guess I need a proper bass drum mic. I had a Unidyne 3 in front of the bass drum resonant which gave me some low end but no definition. Today I put a PZM right inside and slackened the batter head. Hi-hat and tom just picked up by the Zoom built in mics but I'll need to find a better spot to place the camera to pick up 2nd tom, ride and floor tom when I add them. Any feedback appreciated.
This was yesterday. Just snare & kick. Unidyne 3 in front of kick.
First close mics only, then with Zoom mics on as well, then a few seconds testing with song. I think the bass drum is a bit lost during the song. At the end, I tested to see how the compression switch on the Zoom would do. It's just on or off, no adjustments that I can see. But it creates horrible swooshing sounds. So I guess I won't bother with it.
This is from today with hi-hat and one tom added. PZM in the bass drum.
Bass drum seems to have clarity on the second video but again is lost on the first. Would it be better to have that backing track lower to compensate?