I've been wanting a thread to discuss drum recording in general with people that actually record drums or are looking for tips, looking to give tips etc.
I personally record drums in my basement, low ceiling small room. I use an audix d6 inside the kick, two i5's on snare, 421s on toms and cascade fatheads on overheads. i've been getting better results lately as i learn more every session.
I tend to bus the kick, snare toms and over heads out first and then bus those to a main drum bus. depending on the band i'll gate out the kick and snare, sometimes the toms but tom gating can be touchy with my setup since the walls are so close, i get a lot of bleed.
i usually send the kick, snare and toms to a short reverb, leaving the overheads alone, just a little eq really. maybe a touch of comp.
lets leave the sample replacement talk for another thread, i don't have anything against sample replacement or blending samples(i've done it a lot) but i'm more interested in actually recording drums for this thread.
I use different techniques/approaches depending what drums a drummer has or what kind of sound(style) he wants.
I use a shure mic drum kit.
Generally I send snare and toms to the same bus to add reverb, other effects like eq/comp etc I do in their own separate tracks.
Kick and overheads I work separate.
Then I send everything to a master bus and do some polishment like comp/eq/warmer etc.
But like I said it all depends on what a band wants, some want a very raw sound almost like live, others want a very produced sound which generally they heard from a band they like.To me drums is the most difficult instrument to record cause generally, drummers want a sound that doesn't exist so I have to work like a horse trying to achieve what they want.