Sometimes the best place to mic up your kick drum is the last place you’d expect.

That’s what happened in a recent drum tracking session. We wanted a really punchy, deep, and airy kick drum sound, but with two mics in place it just wasn’t cutting it. The drum sounded better in the room than it did hitting the mics, and no matter what I did to those two mics it didn’t get better.

What happened a few minutes later led to a surprising discovery and a very backwards kick drum mic technique.