Lately I've found myself going the lazy/ quick route and just using most of the mic positions that I eyeball at first. The other day, after I set up mics on this drum set, but before I started recording, the drummer pulled the snare about three inches closer to him. After I noticed this, I moved the mic up to my original position. And HATED the snare all of a sudden. I loved it before. And the mic was in a weird fucking spot. Like 1 inch behind the drum pointing just below the rim. Well shit. So I moved it back. But this got me thinking, how does everyone go about micing things up? Do you tend to stick with initial mic positions? then try and eq? Or do you try a few different positions, then pick your favorite? Or do you put on headphones and go in the room to move the mic around? Or have an assistant/ intern/ other band member go in the room and move stuff for you? I think I'm going to start experimenting A LOT more with mic postioning as opposed to just saying, "eh, that sounds ok" and grabbing an eq. I've just never had good luck trying to put on headphones and move around the mic in the room. With any bleed and the difference in the sound of the headphones as opposed to my control room and monitors, I can never tell what the fuck is really going on. I usually have an intern or assistant when I'm doing drums at the big studio I work at. Thinking about having them out in the room with each mic, moving it closer/ farther/ up/ down with me in the control room so I can hear exactly what's going on. It just made a massive difference when dude moved that snare, and it got me thinking, man. How much awesomeness am I leaving on the table just because I'm lazy and don't fiddle with mic position for 30 minutes?