Originally Posted by thethrillfactor
I've always felt to dull a sound.
I much prefer either micing the rim with it or a combination of half rim and half top.
It really comes down to the snare and how and where the drummer hits it.
Any snare drum that sounds great in a room with a good player hitting it. The point is the 57 is a great mic for the top head area... it can be the rim the edge, the head, whatever. You never can tell someone placement until you are in the room with the drummer. The room alone can cause need for adjustments. Not to mention the style of music, the way the drummer hits, the way the drum is tuned, etc. I was more referring to mic'ing the top over the bottom if you only have one mic/input and the fact that a 57 can get the job done well.