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Drum Mics Recommendations?
Old 1st June 2019
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Drum Mics Recommendations?

Hi guys,

I’m interested in purchasing a set of drum mics to record a pro quality album with. Interested in your recommendations.

It will be a heavy rock album and the drumming style is in the vein of Bonham, Dave Grohl, Chuck Biscuits etc (heavy hitters).

My drum setup is your basic 4 piece setup with a crash on either side, ride and hats in usual position. I play an early 90’s DW collectors kit (14” snare, 22” kick, 13” rack, 16” floor).

Using my Pro Tools rig to record (using MOTU interface & preamps).

I’m thinking a 7 mic setup will be good, with additional room mic and hi hat mic as optional:

1. Kick
2. Snare top
3. Snare bottom
4. Rack Tom
5. Floor Tom
6. Overhead 1 condenser
7. Overhead 2 condenser
8. Hi hats (optional)
9. Room (optional)

Right now I’m leaning towards Shure as it’s in my budget. Beta 52A for kick, SM57’s for the snare and toms, a pair of SM81 condenser mics for overheads. Hats potentially another SM81 and room mic unsure.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
Old 3rd June 2019
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Hi John. Any recommendations you will get here will be useless without you marking a budget limit, so please add that to your post.

Last edited by TuviB; 3rd June 2019 at 08:40 PM..
Old 5th September 2019
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The Lewitt Beat Kit Pro 7 mic set is what I would recommend and maybe a Ribbon like the Royer R10 for very bright stuff like cymbals or hi hats.
Old 6th September 2019
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BD: Sennheiser e602 II
SD: Audio Techinca ATM23he (if you can find one)/sE V7/ Beyer M201
Toms: Beyer M88/sE X1D (if you can find them)/ Sennheiser 421
Overheads: Octava MC012 (SDC) sE T2, AKG 414, sE 4400, Neumann U87, U67 (LDC) Various Ribbons
Rooms: AT 4050 (LDC), sE X1R (ribbons), EV 635a (dynamic omni)
Hats: M201, EV PL10 Dynamics are kind of the key here IMNSHO.
Old 6th September 2019
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Have fun:
1a. Kick: Audix D6
1b. Kick: Shhure Beta91a
2. Snare top: m201
3. Snare bottom: Senn MD441 (also great for vocals)
4. Rack Tom: Audio Technica ATM25
5. Floor Tom: Audio Technica ATM25
6. Overhead 1 condenser: Audio Technica AE3000 (also good on toms)
7. Overhead 2 condenser: Audio Technica AE3000
8. Hi hats (optional): SM57
9. Room (optional): PZM/boundary mic or ribbon mic such as sE X1R
Old 6th September 2019
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Kick is a personal choice. Check out this:
http://recordinghacks.com/2012/06/08...-mic-shootout/
Snare: SM57, UnidyneIII is better. Other good snare mic's Byer201/revox3500, MD431, PR40, Many LDC's if willing to risk it. e906 are decent for the cash and supper cart w/ 3 eq settings. Yamaha MZ204/205 are great.

For toms, again do you want moving coil, LDC, ribbon? Yamaha MZ101/204/205 are good if you can find em. Advanced audio CM47fet are cheap enough to use on toms. My fave is MD409, but they are not cheap any more.

Overheads. I like Coles 4038. But not right for every tune. a pair of CM414 would be worth having.

Vocals, get a few AA tube mic's or a Lawson, Neumann current, 67FET w/ inner mod, lots of choieces and price ranges.

My main of tube pair is AA-CM67SE

You gonna always want a few mics, : RE-20. SM7B, MD421, SM57, one older EV mic....any of em.

At least one set of workhorse ribbons: 121, 84, 4038. the 84's are best bang for buck, are great on many things. The coles is a one trick pony, but it's a very nice trick.

So picking overheads is the pricy part. decide on LDC tube or 414 or ribbon. I don' t suggest SDC for overheads unless you spend more than $1,000 each on them. KM84, C55P, DPA, MKH line, shuweps....cant spell it
Old 6th September 2019
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In my room I tend to prefer SDC to LDC on overheads. The Octavas have been a staple. I'm reviewing the Røde TF5 right now, and have gotten some nice sounds, including trying them ORTF and Glyn Johns.
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