When I first started mixing drums I remember staring into the computer screen like a deer in a headlight. After some trial (and a lot of error), here are a few basic ways I’ve found to approach mixing the drum kit.
A great drummer is someone who understands why the microphones are placed in a certain position. It’s someone who gets inside the engineer’s head and comprehends how each and every drum hit will translate in the mix.
Before setting up your drum set, think about the location in which you should position the kit in the room. It doesn’t matter if you’re about to record in a traditional recording studio, drum room, live room or bedroom – how does the kit sound in that room?