Tips for recording Hi-Hats

Recording Hi-Hats

According to the number of hits, the hi-hat is the most frequently played percussion instrument in the drum-kit.

As an important instrument in the drum kit, it has to be specifically recorded, if you want to edit the instrument’s signal in the mix,

Yes, you need a separate microphone.

Here are some recommendations

Use the right microphone on the hi-hat
On stage in live operation, in recordings in the studio or rehearsal room recordings, small-diaphragm condenser microphones are used. These are especially good for the highs
and are easy to position.

Distance and Position of Hi-hat
First of all, of course, the sound character in the near range generally changes when the sound source is moved.

And with a few exceptions, microphones while picks sound with more bass when placed closer they are to the sound source due to the so-called proximity effect (also known as proximity effect). This can be great with snare, bass drum, voices and many other signals, with the hi-hat that sounds almost always horrible.

Try it out when you have the best balance between depths and good separation from neighboring instruments.

Select sound variations by moving the microphone on the hi-hat radius. Hi-hat is a complex instrument, but the greatest sound variation is obtained by moving above the
top pelvis (upper pelvis) on an imaginary line between the hi-hat spine and edge.

Positioning the mic on the outside edge of the hi-hat helps isolate the mic from the rest of the kit while keeping it out of the drummer’s way.

For a tighter, more controlled sound, move the mic more towards the bell.

No other signals – on the hi-hat track
A nice-sounding hi-hat on a track where every snare beat is louder is pretty useless. So you have to watch that you hide these neighboring drums well. Pay attention here
to the directional characteristics of the microphone.

With these tips and a little experimentation, you’ll be able to find exactly the hi-hat sound you’re looking for.

Hope you have found the above-mentioned tips useful.

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