I've been experimenting with a few different overhead mic placement styles for recording drums lately, and since I'm on the never ending path of learning, I thought I'd try to find out your opinions on what works best. So far I've come to the conclusion that the X/Y pattern works best for me because I dont have to spend too much time measuring out from the snare, and worrying about phase issues.
A couple questions I have are:
1. Most of the literature I've read about overhead placement (especially spaced pair) say to place 2 mics equidistant from the center of the snare drum. The problem, or rather the question that i have is that the snare drum isn't usually placed in the center of the kit, so why place the overheads in accordance to where the snare is? If the snare is (from a right handed drummers perspective) to the left of the kick drum, and the mics are spaced equidistant from the center, wouldn't you encounter phase problems with cymbal hits?
2. There are a few ways to set up an X/Y pair. 90 degrees parallel, 90 degrees offset, parallel with the cymbals, raised and pointed towards the kit, etc.... From experience what overhead placement has worked best for you?
By the way, I'm using 2- C1000's, and if you're familiar with them the come with two sort of "caps" to put on the capsule to convert it to polar pattern, and also a "presence boost". Any suggestions on what to use for overhead drum micing?