I am doing my first project since rewiring my console. I was tracking drums today. Typically, I am using sm-81 pencil condenser mics for overheads. I will also use a pair of inexpensive ribbon mics as room mics because they are very robust sounding. I stuck a couple inexpensive LDC condensers as well so that I could have a “bright and Dark” pair of overheads. I also sent both pairs into the console on their own tracks on a mult so I could compress them without risking the original tracks. It also gave me the opportunity to hear them closer to what they will sound like when I mix.
The toughest part of dealing with room mics is cymbals volume. What I noticed is that as I compressed the bright pair of condensers the cymbals matched much more closely what was in the overhead mics and therefore it wasn’t as noticeable. When I compressed the darker ribbon mics the cymbals interfered far more because the mid-range of the cymbals cuts through from them. Even though the cymbals are just as loud they blend much better.
I am surprised it took me this long to notice this:)