Hi ! I've just seen this Aquiles Priester video (drummer for Angra and many more, who also did the Dream Theater auditions some time ago) where at the 32-second-mark he says he positions his shells close mics so that they're aimed at his drumsticks when he hits a drum : Among others, you can see that his snare top mic is located in front of him, at NOON (in between his two rack toms), and not at the 10:30 or 11'o'clock position we mostly see them placed in most cases. I've also seen another drummer position his snare top mic the same way : Franky Costanza (Blazing War Machine, ex-Dagoba) : What do you think about this ? For now i have a hard time making sense of it... Until then the 10:30 or 11 position was favored due to hihat spill considerations and keeping the mic out of the way of the drummer, but maybe i'm missing something ? I might give it a shot, and i'm curious about what you guys think of this approach.