favorite overhead mics for recording drums?

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  1. riffmeister

    riffmeister Gold Supporting Member

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    I'm using Audio Technica 4041's for the moment.......not sure these are doing it for me, though.

    What are your favorite mics for this application?
     
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    hey riff,

    Rode NT4 stereo mic is all i use for my setup. a little heavy, so you'll need to put a few sandbags on the mic stand. but great when you dont wanna deal w/ out of phase crap, and only takes one mic stand.

    but, if you need split pair, then the NT5's are great, too.

    i have both setups, and am extremely happy w/ their performance. not as dark or buried sounding as the cheapie OkTava's i got from GC, yet, with their own sorta sweetened sound. highly recommended.
     
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    I have used AT 4033's but like SM81's a whole lot better. When I was partners in a studio years ago we used KM-84's and got good results.

    Rico
     
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    Beyer M160's & M260's are great for OH.
     
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    What don't you like about the 4041s, or maybe more to the point, what do you want to hear that you don't, currently?

    Michael
     
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    I use 2 AKG C1000's and they do a fine job. I think they are a pretty good value.
     
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    I really like sm 81s. On the cheap, Audio Technica pro 37Rs work well.
     
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    I have Josephson C42's. I haven't had a chance to compare them to a lot of different mics, but I have been really happy with the sound I get from them.
     
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    Depends what you want the drums to sound like, IMHO. I like a very round, natural cym sound, so I like the Oktava MK012s too. But I often use a pair of AKG 414s for rock...they have a lot of reach and pick up a lot of tom and snare sound, which is cool. I've used Neumann 87s, 184s, 84s, AKG 451s, etc with good results too. If you want a very 3D sound, try out a pair of DPA (fomerly B&K)s.
     
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    Actually, it might be the drummer's cymbals I'm not liking......a bit too low-pitched, perhaps. Time for some EQ work.

    Thanks everyone for the suggestions.
     
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    AKG c-28 so good it hurts
     
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    vintage mic? 30Hz-30KHz.........nice!!!
     
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    Yes they're vintage, but they're not crazy $$$. Basically they're a small diaphragm version of a c-12. Just great sounding mics. I don't Like xy or any of the other techniques to enhance the stereo spread. Just put one over the HH and one over the floor tom / ride area at roughly the same hight and distance from the snare and you great a really nice sound. I've tried a bunch of mics and haven't found better.

    best,

    J
     
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    If it's a little more snap that you're needing, there are a couple of directions you can go. The AT 4051s have a little more top on them than the 4041s. If - and that's an important qualification - you're generally happy with your 4041s, that route would give you two takes on a workable flavor.

    The AKG C451 (in any of its several iterations) is also going to have a little more character up top and is a classic OH choice.

    The mic that I'd really like to try right now is the new DPA 4090/1 which is their 4060/1 element reconfigured with a SDC body and XLR termination. These have a couple of different filter grids and might provide some additional flexibility. Plus, DPA's stuff, even on their low end, is simply fabulous.

    Hope this helps.

    Michael
     
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    On the cheap end, the MXL 603s will add some sizzle.
     
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    My overall favorite is an Earthworks QTC-1 pair, but it does really depend on what I'm going for. I've also had good success with AKG 414s, Neumann KM184s, and Coles ribbon mics (I think the 4038).
     
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    Is there anything that the 4038 doesn't sound great on? :AOK
     
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    I gave a pair of MG's that I really like, and of course I love ribbons too :)
     

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