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best drum overhead mics for under $1k for the pair

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Shinybox 46mx ribbon mic- $500/pair (or you can get a transformer upgrade, then they're $800/pair)

Peluso CEMC6- $800/matched pair
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Beyer Mc930!
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I prefer the oktava mk012s
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I'd vote for the Beyer MC930 or Shure KSM141.
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Peluso CEMC6- $800/matched pair
I would agree that the CEMC6's are awesome for OH usage, especially at this price point, however the price delivered to your door, anywhere in the continental USA is $679.66 including the flight case, shock mounts, wind screens, etc. from us.
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I would agree that the CEMC6's are awesome for OH usage, especially at this price point, however the price delivered to your door, anywhere in the continental USA is $679.66 including the flight case, shock mounts, wind screens, etc. from us.
Word. I just pulled that price from the Peluso website.

Also, no one digs on large diaphragms or ribbons for overheads? What gives people?
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Also, no one digs on large diaphragms or ribbons for overheads? What gives people?

2nd post has shinybox ribbons.

Personally right now I'm using ATM450's and really like them for rock. I just got a pair of Josephson C42's that I've yet to try on drums just yet and they are also under $1000/pair.
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Shineybox is awesome...Cascade Fat Heads as well. I also love the KSM141's and Sure SM94's.

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If the room sounds good enough, the Kel HM-1 makes a good overhead (but it's WIDE cardioid.. so YMMV). A pair of those is WAY under $1k.
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beyer mc930
were the best of all that I tested for under $1000
look around you can get a new pair for 800 or so


for short money the ksm137s are usable
better than km184s
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If you want to hear a natural sound, try a pair of at4040
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Word. I just pulled that price from the Peluso website.

Also, no one digs on large diaphragms or ribbons for overheads? What gives people?
i do.

ADK SL pair is my main OH
cascade fathead is my secondary
rode nt5 for if i need something a bit more obnoxious/aggressive

then preamps for flavoring...

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Also, no one digs on large diaphragms or ribbons for overheads? What gives people?
Well, the OP asked for a stereo pair under $1k. That's a very limited arena when it comes to great quality OH mics. That being said, for under $3k a stereo matched pair of Peluso P12's is my absolute first choice.

I run those through my 1073's and into my DBX 160SL in dual mono mode. That's a $12k OH chain. A bit beyond what I'm guessing the OP wishes to spend for and OH drum recording at this point. But, like I said, you'd be hard pressed to beat a stereo pair of CEMC6's through a nice pair of preamps, especially at the under $1k budget.
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Cascade Fatheads II......love them on OH's and most recently as a second mic to a 57 on a guitar cab......KILLER.
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in all honesty there are plenty of excellent choices really none are the best

and the only judge of that character will be you and your ears

there are times that I grab for any of the mics mentioned above, does that make them the best all the time and in every style of music I play/record NO.

If you only want one pair of mics pick something tried, true, and versatile.

Many may not call em the best but they can handle just about any job.

SHURE SM81 or SHURE KSM32
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You can hear the KM 184 vs. the modified MXL 603 here.
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Josephson C42

Josephson C42!!!
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If your room is not THAT grand, use cardioid dynamics. How about Beyerdynamic M201 or M500s? (M500 = ribbons). Well under 1000 bucks.
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I picked up a pair of BLUE Dragonflies for about $750 used. Fantastic OH mics.
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Word. I just pulled that price from the Peluso website.

Also, no one digs on large diaphragms or ribbons for overheads? What gives people?
agreed under most circumstances would go with small diaphragm condensers but have used coles ribbons as overheads and gotten a fantastic result.much fatter mid response and worth considering if your guitars are not taking up too much of the mix
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if you shop around ebay you can find the 414 b-uls for 500, maybe to try to get a pair for 1k. My personal favorite overhead mics.
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I'm a huge fan of the Studio Projects C4's. I just tracked this tonight using them:

Quick Drum Solo - YouTube

Full mic lineup is in the video description.
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I usually use a pair of AKG 414B ULS microphones for overheads in the studio, but for location work I'll grab for a pair of Shure SM81s. You can get a pair of 81s new for about $700 USD. The 81s have multiple uses around the kit and the studio.

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If your room is not THAT grand, use cardioid dynamics. How about Beyerdynamic M201 or M500s? (M500 = ribbons). Well under 1000 bucks.
I've used M201's as overheads with good results, very balanced! But these are, as SA, said "what an SM57 would sound like if it was a microphone".

Hardly ever mentioned but the JM47 is a great all round LDC - used it as a Mono OH (only had access to one at the time!)for great results and is also a fantastic guitar and vocal mic. A pair of those will set you back about 300 dollars.
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so many options,

i use m160 $1000 a pair,
and mk012 $650 a pair with all the capsules etc. cheaper used.

both of those would be up there in the best category.

haven't used the 201 on overheads but it seems to work everywhere else i put it. there is the 101 also which is omni.

i'm keen to also try the audio technica atm450 and the ev 635a which are both only worth about $200-$300 a pair used.

also would like to try the josephson c42 they're under $1000
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i would go just a single Coles over ther drummers head.. should be under the grand mark..
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