The “Recorderman” drum technique gets its name from a user who posts on the recording.org forums. This poster is credited with popularizing the method described below.
- Position the “left” overhead mic over the center of the snare. You’ll want it to be placed at the height of two drumsticks held end to end, starting from the center of the snare straight up to the capsule of the mic.
- Then you’ll need to move the drumsticks—still held from end to end—from the center of the snare to above your (i.e. “the drummer’s”) right shoulder. Your “right” overhead mic should be placed here.
- While you’re listening with headphones, have the drummer hit the kick drum so that the sound engineer can adjust the mix panning of both mic signals to make sure the kick is centered. However, the snare and the kick should remain in the center position of the mix even when you pan both signals hard left and hard right.