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Amazing sound on live drums!
Old 30th March 2013
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Amazing sound on live drums!

I was a concert last night and noticed the cymbals on the drums sounding amazingly smooth for a live setting through PA speakers. After the show was over I went to ask the soundman what he was using on the drums for overheads. He was like "A single Shure SM27!"

For 300 USD, that mic sounds amazing on drums to my ears. The high-end was so smooth and the cymbal decay was very natural. I HAVE to get a pair of them now.
Old 30th March 2013
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At a live venue there are so many other variables than just the mic: was he using extreme eq? Did the drummer have really good playing technique? (Not bashing the cymbals to death). What type of cymbals were used? All of these things would have a greater impact than what mic was used IMHO. That's the kick I've been on lateley (though it doesn't feed my gear monster) finding great tones before recording, because it doesn't really matter what mic you use. Great sounding and in tune drums, nice sounding cymbals, great rooms.
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Originally Posted by abechap024 View Post
At a live venue there are so many other variables than just the mic: was he using extreme eq? Did the drummer have really good playing technique? (Not bashing the cymbals to death). What type of cymbals were used? All of these things would have a greater impact than what mic was used IMHO. That's the kick I've been on lateley (though it doesn't feed my gear monster) finding great tones before recording, because it doesn't really matter what mic you use. Great sounding and in tune drums, nice sounding cymbals, great rooms.
He showed me his settings on the board. All digital. No outboard gear. No compression on the OV, EQ was minimal. The mic just sounded great on the drums. I was impressed.

Drummer was very controlled. But honestly, I make sure that happens when I record anything. Didn't check cymbal brand or anything.
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