Listen to a mono R84 in front of kit
Front of Kit Stereo
Two R84s can also be setup in Blumlein Configuration in the same position as a mono R84 in front of a drum kit. This setup will act as another stereo perspective to the overheads and will provide added depth and dimension to your drum tracks. In many instances, this pair of R84s is all you will need to capture the sound and image of your drums. We recommend using a Latch Lake stand with their X-Boom attachment to position two R44s in Blumlein.
Listen to the R84s in Blumlein configuration in front of kit
Ambient Room Miking
The detailed mid-range and extended low-end of the R84 make it an outstanding tool for capturing the comprehensive sound of a room. Its far-field design lends well to recording sources from as far as 15 feet away while still retaining low-end response. Effectively positioning the R84 in a room simply requires exploring the space and actively listening for the most balanced sound.
Positioning two R84s in Blumlein at a distance from the drums will capture a true stereo image of the honest reverb in your space with some added character. This configuration is a secret weapon of many professional engineers that has been used for years to add depth and detail to recordings. This configuration can be difficult to setup properly because of the size of the R84s. We recommend using a Latch Lake stand with their X-Boom attachment to position two R84s in Blumlein.
Listen to R84s in Blumlein configuration miking a room from 20 feet away
On kick drum, the R84’s huge proximity effect will make your kick sound larger than you could have ever imagined. On its own, the R84s low end may sound overwhelming, but in the context of a mix, its pillowy character is perfect for songs where the kick drum needs to breathe. Using ribbons on kick drum is an classic technique that has been used on countless records.
The Hand Test
To ensure that the R84’s ribbon will not be damaged by strong blasts of air from your instrument, place your hand near the source and move it away until you can’t feel moving air, then place the R84 in that position. As an additional precaution, you can tilt the R84 slightly upward, thereby relieving the ribbon of some tension and allowing it to accept slightly greater air impact. A pop screen between the mic and the source is another method for preventing potential ribbon damage.