I've decided to pick up a pack of three sm57's and a beta 52 off of musicians friend for 399$ I'm already liking the price because if bought seperately, it'd be well over 400$. I have a four piece drum kit I record so now I'm thinking I need to pick up some good mics for overhead usage, the thing is I don't want any one trick ponies, I'd like them to be useful on other sources. I mainly record heavier styles of music so I don't want anything with a hyped high end.
I've heard good things about NT5's, CAD 179's, and various Ribbon mics. Just want to see if anyone could chime in about anything they own and like. At the moment I have a pretty strict budget of 400$ max and I'm willing to buy used so if anyone has any suggestions I'd love to hear them!
Right now I'm really lacking in the preamp department. I'm just using the stock pres on my tascam us800 but I'm upgrading to a focusrite interface relatively soon. I'll be sure to check out the cascades, I've really been wanting some nice ribbon mics for quite some time. Thanks for the replies!
Cascade Fatheads (darkish/warm, good on amps and more), CAD M179s (clean and accurate, sweet on toms, usable for basically everything), AT Pro 37s (crystalline, not hyped, pretty great on AC and perc if that's a thing)... I love my Pro 37s, personally, because they're versatile and not overbright. I've also had good luck with Oktava MC012s, but I don't know how well they'd translate for heavy music. Oh, and I hear great things about Little Blondies, which are omni and will likely catch all your thrash/crash.
The CAD Trion 7000 ribbon mics work great as drum overheads. I've used them many times with a beta 52 on the outside and a SM91 in the drum and on playback, I got more low end from the ribbons than I ever got from the kick mics. I own a fathead also, but prefer the sound of my 7000s a lil better for overheads. There cheaper than. Flatheads too. Runs at 940ohm so you'll need a pre with alot of gain.
I got a matched pair of KAM MC3 condensors on eBay for less than $400. It comes with 3 separate caps (Cardiod, omni, and vocal,) and shock mounts and cases for both mics, and they sound awesome.. Especially in omni mode.
I'm not associated with Kam in any way, but I would not hesitate to use these on any drum, especially overheads, or any of his other mics.