What goes into your decision on all the various mic placement techniques for cymbals/overheads? I know with the hi hat most people recommend top micing because of stick noise/sizzle/bleed.
When bottom micing are you basically close micing every individual cymbal or is it picking up the entire kit similar to overheads?
I have seen a lot of discussion on general overhead placement but not very much about 'nontraditional' techniques like underheads, close micing ride, etc.
Partially I am trying to find ways to cut down on mic stands. Everything but toms and kick has its own full size mic stand crammed into a small area and it is ugly and a complete pain to negotiate wiring. Right now the kit I am working with is simple enough that really one overhead would be enough, but I have to bring them in so close to compensate for stage noise that two are needed for even coverage.
Thinking about buying various clamps, etc. that can hook onto cymbal stands but I want something that will be useful on a variety of kits. Adding mics to experiment with (I know they aren't necessary but I would like being able to experiment some and learn) is not an option because the board is maxed and the snake is almost maxed. Every time I get to 'we really don't need that, why are we close micing everything?' a song comes up that reminds me why everything is close miced.