Good, workhorse, affordable, durable, small-footprint, supercardioid mics that reject bleed really well, great for toms and snare: Shure Beta56A
These also have a good deal of upper mids which help accentuate drum attack. Great for pop, rock or metal in any case. I use these for my live kit and also sometimes for recording. They're indestructible and very easy to position. They always deliver the goods.
Though more often for recording I use Sennheiser MD421s on toms. These are technically cardioids and thus theoretically have a wider pick-up pattern than a super or hypercardioid, but for whatever reason they seem to reject a lot of bleed anyway. In assorted tests, the 421s seemed to have rejected way more bleed than just about any other cardioid tried and in some cases nearly matched the bleed rejection performance of some super and hypercardioids.
I use the 421s more often for recording because they yield a more natural tom sound overall, very flattering to well-tuned toms. Nice beef and punch. No hype. The Beta56As are a bit heavy in the attack which could be seen as "hype", which always works for pop or metal in any case... and with a bit of eq-ing will work for anything really. The 421s are just a bit more "fine" and "accurate", better for classic rock, jazz, prog, etc.
But the 421s also cost over $200 more each than the 56s, which makes the 56s an incredible value. I think I have like ten or more 56s in the locker, they're just great to have around, true "swiss-army drum mics". For toms and snare they'll work every time, on stage or on tape.
With either the 56s or 421s, in some cases I still need to clean some bleed out of the tom and snare tracks, depends.
Also make sure that your room is treated well because a poorly treated room can GREATLY contribute to drum mic bleed. This is a big deal, don't overlook it. If you have hard surfaces nearby (low ceiling, nearby walls) that are not covered with proper heavy absorption, you'll have a mic bleed-fest no matter what mics you use.
Originally Posted by joeq
...Give more attention to placement....
Originally Posted by 2pulse
If a cymbal is 180 degrees behind a super/hyper card, you'll get more bleed than with a regular cardioid. Watch that ass end...
....and this too!