Professional Sound - Indepth

Recording Toms by Earl Torono

“In the recording of toms I try to achieve the aural impression of three dimensionality. This is created by the use of double miking each individual tom (one on the top skin, the other mic placed by the lower skin). Note: Lower mic on skin should be switched to out-of-phase position on the console. To make each pair of mics react as one, the two mics per tom are fed into two channels of a stereo gate with both channels keyed externally via a contact mic taped to the shell of the corresponding tom. In this way you will have a larger, fuller and three dimensional sounding tom.”

Earl Torono – senior engineer for Winfield Sound Recording Studio.

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