Beyerdynamic TG D58c by Roland
The TG D58c is the new incarnation of the Opus 88 drum microphone. Predominantly designed for tom and snare drum miking duties it features a cardioid, eletret condenser element, mounted via an isolating rubberized yoke to a very innovative sprung, drum rim mount. The cable connector runs parallel to the side of the drum thus making it neat and more importantly keeping the cable (and xlr) away from things like cymbals.
The major improvement (according to Beyerdynamic) is increased SPL handling of the microphone element above and beyond what was available with the Opuss 88 version, obviously this is fairly critical when close miking things like tom tom's and snare's as SPL's can get very extreme.
Obviously with the clip on style mount the microphone is very definitely aimed at the live sound market, not that it should discourage engineers from using it in the studio.
The microphone comes well packaged and has a little nylon pouch to store it in. the microphone, once mounted on the shell has adjustment in the form of a 2" flexible "gooseneck" and the microphone can be swiveled, side to side by a number of "click" positions for further fine tunning placement. Due to it's incredibly low profile design, it is probably the easiest microphone to mount on a kit, even when the drummer (as is so often the case these days) likes to have cymbals a matter of a few inches above the toms. Likewise, the spring clip mounting system, works for all types of kit drums I've come across. Often, when presented with a rim mounted tom, some of the most popular clip based tom mic's can prove a struggle, not so the TG D58's.
Obviously it's no good having the ease of mount if ultimately the mic doesn't deliver, and I can report this is does. Soundwise there is a lot of detail and plenty of depth. Stick sound is particularly well captured, yet the sound still has weight. Spill is full frequency and as such doesn't appear to colour the sound as detrimentally as can often be the case.
There are a large number of dedicated drum mic's available both condenser and dynamic. Which you like is often down to personal preference. If you are in the market for a good quality tom mic at a reasonable price (street price around £120.00) these should be at the top of your audition list.