Originally Posted by jordanvoth
TOMS on the other hand are an issue. They sound great in the overheads, great in the room mics, in the room playing but sound awful in the mics. I've tried 421s, E906
. Nothings working. What are you guys using? What general annoyances do you guys here on your toms?
I've still just got a really low-end setup, so I haven't even had a chance to try other mics, but I did a 4-song EP with a band earlier this year (link to my Soundcloud at the bottom of this post) and I love the tom sounds. The drummer has a Ludwig kit that I believe is pretty low-end; and I put an SM57
on tom 1, an SM77 (which I believe is just an SM57
with no transformer) on tom 2, and a Sennheiser e835 on floor tom, all into the stock pres on my PreSonus FireStudio Project. I don't think I did anything to the toms other than EQ and automation, but I'm out of town so I can't open up the projects and confirm that. But I EQ'd them by rolling off a lot of the lows and highs, then sweeping through the midrange with a narrow band cranked up as far as my plugin would go (ReaEQ, stock in REAPER) to find where it sounded best, then I lowered the gain on the band and broadened it a bit. I got rid of a lot of the boom on the toms in order to make space for them in the mix, and I'm happy with the way they sound.
Here's the EP, if you'd like to hear it. I think the last song, "Far Beyond the World", shows off the toms the best, especially during the bridge (skip to about 2:45 to hear it), or around the end of "The Beauty of Fire" (skip to 3:00). The Beauty of Fire by tmfcovers on SoundCloud - Create, record and share your sounds for free