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Your favorite drum mics are........... Condenser Microphones
Old 7th June 2006
  #31
My two cents:

Inside kick - 421, RE-20, Beyer M-88, D-12
Outside kick - U47, U47fet, U-195, C-500, Octava Ribbon (until it blows up)
Snare Top - C-42, 460, 441, 421, Octava 012, RE-18, L251, 57
Snare Bottom - 414 (fig. 8), 441, Altec Salt-shaker, RE-18, 460, Beyer 160
Toms - 421, U-195, Octava 012, M-88, U-195
Hat - 460, any ribbon mic, KM-84, AKG 535
Overheads - Coles, B&K, C-24, KM-184, U-87, U-67, C-800, 4047, U-195
Shoulder - Coles, U47, U-195, RE-55, U-67, U-95, RCA Ribbons, R-84
Room - Coles, 4047, C-24, U-47, RE-18, RE-16, RE-10, RE-55, U-95, R-84

All depends on drummer, drums, room, style of music, pre-amps, tape v. digital.
Old 7th June 2006
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No mention of Beta 98s?
Old 7th June 2006
  #33
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Originally Posted by JSVice
No mention of Beta 98s?
I was about to say Beta98.
Very nice mic. I would advice any drummer to get a set of them for live, rehearsal and studio recording.

Then again I totaly like one KM84 infront of each tom pair, about 20cm out.
A MD441 in the same position is nice too.
Old 8th June 2006
  #34
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Thanks for the feedback.

Any more nuggets to share?
Old 8th June 2006
  #35
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Lately my picks would be:

Kick: ND868
Snare: Audix i5 top, SM57 bottom, sE Electronics SE3
Toms: CAD M179 (set to hypercardioid with pad engaged)
Room: AEA R84
Hi Hat: AT3031
Overheads: KM84, CAD VX2, AT4041, Earthworks SR30

The CAD M179 is by far the best tom mic I've ever encountered.

sE Electronics SE3 is my favorite snare mic but REAL HARD hitters can overload it. The Audix i5 has taken over dynamic duty, the low/mids don't box up like a 57 does...the i5 has a very open low end sound and good punch.

The ND868 is just so damn all purpose! Works on all styles and takes EQ like a champ.

That AT3031 mic with the hi-pass engaged = "that sound".

KM84 for a present sound, CAD VX2 for a big explosive sound, AT4041 for a woodier / tighter sound, SR30 for more of a cymbals only sound.

The R84 ribbon about 3' in front of the kit, hi and low Pultec style EQ cranked and pumping with an 1176LN and mixed in to taste = heaven. Also takes EQ real well.

War
Old 8th June 2006
  #36
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Lynn, you mentioned a while back about finally getting a pair of AT 4041s that you had wanted for a long time. Do you now use the AT 4041s as drum overheads or do you prefer 4040s or 4047s? I'm looking to improve my OH mics, so I'm curious which Audio Technica pair might work best. Or, perhaps a pair of Beyer m160 instead? Thanks for any thoughts/suggestions, everyone.
Old 8th June 2006
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Overheads -Coles 4038s (tried tested and flat out awesome)

Snare - Top and Bottom, Josephson e22s.... I don't care to ever hear anything else again on snare

Room - Elam 251s or Innertube Mag Mics.... but if those are too $$cy, 414s will do great

Kick - 421 on the Beater side, D25 on the outside head

Toms - Josephson e22s top and bottom

Hat - Royer R121 is magical

Tuning and playing is more important than all of that tho

Wow. This combo has my vote. Whoa....
Old 8th June 2006
  #38
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Kick RE 20

Snare Sm57

Toms Sen 421s

Overs AKG 414s Or ATM 33s

Room AKG 414s


Simple, but effective




steve



Old 10th June 2006
  #39
Quote:
Originally Posted by digibird
Lynn, you mentioned a while back about finally getting a pair of AT 4041s that you had wanted for a long time. Do you now use the AT 4041s as drum overheads or do you prefer 4040s or 4047s? I'm looking to improve my OH mics, so I'm curious which Audio Technica pair might work best. Or, perhaps a pair of Beyer m160 instead? Thanks for any thoughts/suggestions, everyone.
I've not tried the 4041s for overheads yet. I might, now that you suggest it. I like the 4040s typically, but it really depends on the room and the style of the music. I've been known to change OH mics between songs depending on what style of music is being played.

Also, people talk about the 4051 and its nice HF rise. The thing I like about the 4041 is that it doesn't have that high end boost that so many mics typically incorporate these days.
Old 10th June 2006
  #40
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kick - D6, U47 FET, NS10 speaker mic
snare - 57 & KM84 top (sometimes 414 top), 57 bottom
toms - 414 or 421
hats - SM7
ride - KM84
ovr - U87
room - U87 (and many other random if possible)
Old 10th June 2006
  #41
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great info

question re room mics: mono or dual? and WHERE and WHY?
Old 10th June 2006
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My favorite drum mics are:

a good drummer on a good kit in a good room. you could put some bull**** sm57s everywhere with chinese condensers for overheads in that case and get a usable sound.
Old 10th June 2006
  #43
I have a pair of 4040s and 4041s and greatly prefer the latter on overhead duties. Very smooth and directional with just the right amount of the room from the off-axis response.

Other stuff I've been using to great results lately:

Kick in - ATM25
Kick out - 47fet, Soundelux U195, sE 3300A, homemade "subkick"
Snare top - ATM23he, AE3000 (good call, Lynn!), 57 in a pinch
Snare btm - ATM23he, AE3000, 441, 414
Toms - ATM25, ATM23he, AT4040
Rooms - 414s through Distressors
Old 10th June 2006
  #44
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Quote:
Originally Posted by BrianT
Anybody who used to be a 421 fan for toms been blown away by something else more recently?

I still use my 421s a lot for toms, but I have to admit that for rock drums, I have been digging the Audix D2 for the smaller toms and the D4 for the floor tom lately. Am I "blown away"??? No, not blown away, but they are really solid and tight, and make for great rock toms. Very easy to mix, and they take EQ very well. When you consider the price, they are a pretty cool package.

One of these days I need to try some condensers on toms... I keep promising myself that I am going to do that! I have heard quite a few folks sing the praises of the Oktava 012s, although I have never personally tried them. Anyone here using the Oktavas for toms?
Old 10th June 2006
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Doublehelix
I have heard quite a few folks sing the praises of the Oktava 012s, although I have never personally tried them. Anyone here using the Oktavas for toms?
we've got a pair with pads laying around in the cabinet somewhere, and i too have been meaning to try this out, but i have probably mic'd toms two or three times in the last year or so...so whatever.
Old 10th June 2006
  #46
I only saw one other vote for MK12s on toms...bummer. They sound great, stay out of the drummer's way, and are easy to place (they fit underneath a low ride cymbal WAAAY better than a 421!). They tend to compliment good overheads (where the whole kit is properly balanced) and don't sound as "close-mic-y" to my ears. I personally use a pair from the Soundroom, in cardioid, with the pad, usually into UA 610s.

I'm also partial to a 441 on the top snare; it's more neutral (READ: but NOT boring) than a 57, has a nice woody pop, and takes to compression nicely. Be sure to experiment with placement (they excel at keeping loud hats out), and using the treble-boost switch. That thing can do wonders for overly-dark snares.

414s are nice on top snare for brushwork, especially the newer ones (sorry, guys!!).

For overheads, I really dig omnis (TC30s especially) set up as ear rings, if the room sounds good.

As a sort of aside: has anyone had a chance to compare the 500-compatible GAMAs with the rack-mounted one? I really dig the pair I've got in my lunchbox, and I was wondering if their rack-mountable cousins sound the same or similar.
Old 14th June 2006
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Kick- Audix D6 or AKG-D112 (inside)/ Yamaha Subkick (outside)
Sn- 57 or Audix i5 (no bottom mic)
Toms- 57's or 421's
OH- 414's 0r 451's
Ride- 451(if miked)
Rooms- 87's
ALWAYS ON 2" TAPE!!
Old 14th June 2006
  #48
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Here's one for the budget minded:

OH - oktava 012
toms - studio projects b1
snare top - 57
bottom - studio projects c-1
kick - d112
room - adk hamburg

all through an onyx 800r. I'll put those tracks up against anyones(not really, but they're really tight and alive).
Old 14th June 2006
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kick - D12
snare - 57
rack - D19
floor - D112
over - ATM33
room - either 149, 47, or 77
Old 14th June 2006
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Kick- RE20
Snare- 57
Hat- MK012
Tom 1- Beta 98 clip on
Tom 2- 421
Ride- MK012
OH- 414's
Room- TLM193
Old 14th June 2006
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i used AKG D-24 for toms alot, very hard to find though they sound upfront compared to senheiser 421 wich i also have and very round from top to bottem, d12 in the basdrum, sm69 tube stereo as overhead and km56 as snaremic.
Old 15th June 2006
  #52
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EV 868 on Kick - has a nice attitude to it...
Old 15th June 2006
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ATM25's work out great on toms.
Old 15th June 2006
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For those who have tried the Sen 421's and the ATM25's, which one is winning the shootout most of the time (with today's music)?
Old 15th June 2006
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I got the most amazing drum sound the other day with a (modded) U87Ai as a mono overhead, a metre above the snare, and a EV RE15 in the bass drum. The U87 went through a ADL 1000 compressor. Retro heaven!

Recky
Old 16th June 2006
  #56
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Kik In = Beyer M88TG
Snare Top = Beyer M201TG
Snare Btm = Oktava MK319
Toms = Beyer M201TG
Room = Sontronics SIGMA
Old 16th June 2006
  #57
Kick - D112 + Ns-10 woofer
snare - sm57
toms- 421
floor - 421\414\tlm103
overheads - 414's\U87's\Beyer 160's
room - beyer 160
Old 16th June 2006
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not gunna lie. im really surprised to see a lack of beta52s on kick. i think i saw only 1 guy uses it. i always thoguht it was prefered above the d112. hm...
Old 16th June 2006
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Kick - D112 + Ns-10 woofer <= using a speaker actually works...thumbsup and this NS10 has great response....

Why you shouldn't use a D112 or this beta: Always the same blame sound bléh.
ATM25 for kick....

Great mike-Tips guys, thanks!
Old 16th June 2006
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I see these "favorite for" threads a lot, and they're cool.
I wasn't going to post in this one, but I had a real cool combo last night. It might be somewhat typical, but a first for the room I'm in now.

I moved the drums out from the corner, more to the middle. Took up the big area rug, and put down a door mat type thing.

Kik out - 414
snare top - 57 (57 snare bottom, but don't need it)
toms - 58's
overs - R84's
room - U99 omni - squeezed her hard
F'n loved the R84 overs this time, and I ain't going back! thumbsup

Up until last night (in this room) it had been...
Kik - D112
sna top & bott - 57
toms - 58's
overs - 414's
room, FOK - R84 or U99
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