I'm in the market for new overhead mics for my drums. I've done a lot of sessions with Rode NT5's (and even NT1-A's) and was happy with the results. I'd like to purchase something that won't require a second mortgage on the house.... but still has a nice crisp sound. What are your thoughts on mics in the $500-$800 range (for the pair)? Stick with the Rodes??
The Rode's will get the job done. If you can afford it, shell out the extra cash for a pair of 414's...I think you could get more uses out of em in the long run. This is such a personal opinion thing, that I hate to even give advice. Experiment with everything you can.
A friends studio where I record almost all my drums uses them. I have no big complains about them.
But every now and then I bring there some Oktava MK012 or some KM84. Those sound more "rock and roll" to me. Fuller, warmer and a bit dirtier, in a good way.
For me , that have had both, the Oktavas are the poor man's KM84.
I've never tried C42 or M300 though, that are said to be in the same ballpark too.
I think that ADK TL's are the best in this $$ category. Big open sound, and are a huge step up from NT5's IME (and 414 B-ULS for that matter). I really like large diaphragms on drum overheads (which is what the TL's are); Josephson c42's and Beyer MC930 are great choices for SDC's in this price range.
Thanks again for all of the feedback. In the end, I decided to go with the NT5s. With a recession-friendly price tag of $420 I couldn't resist. Plus, to my non-audiophile ears, they sound pretty decent. You can check them out on my latest post: