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Pick my drum mics

Discussion in 'Recording/Live Sound' started by Brusco, Sep 15, 2005.

  1. Brusco

    Brusco Member

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    I have about a $500 budget for micing a basic drumset. I'd like to invest in a few good mics instead of buying a cheaper drum combo mic pack.

    I already own two Oktava 012's as overheads for cymbals. How would you complete my set?
     
  2. LSchefman

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    SM57 for snare and ATM-25 for kick.

    If you decide to mic the hat, the inexpensive GT33 works fine.

    I'm not a big fan of miked toms. Overheads work for me.
     
  3. loudboy

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    If you'd like tom mics, I'd go for Sennheiser E-604s, I'll second the ATM-25 and the 57. You could do it all for $500 if you shop around.

    Loudboy
     
  4. covert

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    How big a kit?

    Alternatives to the 57 include AKG D1000e, Beyer 201, Sennheiser MD421

    The ATM 25 is pretty good, the Pro 25 is very similar.
     
  5. Brusco

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    The kit includes:

    -Kick
    -Snare
    -HH
    - 2-toms
    -floor tom
    -2crash
    -Ride Cymbal

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    Thanks for all the suggestions, they're all good ones!

    I'd like to try a MD421, the only thing I don't like is the size. How does the e-604 compare sound-wise? It looks much easier to mount.
    I noticed the ATPRO25 has a brother ATPRO35 (for toms and cymbals, etc.)
    Has anyone tried one of those?
     
  6. waxnsteel

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    EV ND 868 for kick, if you don't already have a 57 for snare, just get a Senn 604 3-pack. There's no comparing a 604 and a 421. That's probably why the 421's tend to go for 3 bills. You could just mick kick snare and OH's as you intend, but pull twio mic's out front about 4 feet from the kit, and listen for the best spot. I never bother with micing the hat. It usually bleeds plenty into everything else.
     
  7. Brusco

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    How did the EV868 escape me? From reviews it looks like a good mic. Which mics would you put out front at 4 ft... The 604's?
     
  8. kendog

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    57, ATM 25, and 2 OHs. The 57 will pick up the hat if placed properly and the OHs will pick up the hat as well plus the toms.
     
  9. waxnsteel

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    yup one on snare, 2 in front, or the EV 468's sound great, too. Little more hi-fi than 604's though.
     
  10. SarasotaSlim

    SarasotaSlim Member

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    Try some Audix mics.
    D6 on the kick - it's great live and for recording too
    D4's on the toms
    D3 on the snare or your favorite condenser mic
     
  11. justicetones

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    57's are the industry standard for live micing of snare and toms for a reason. They sound good and can be abused to snot on the road. That said they still work great in the studio for toms as well.

    I agree with all of the chatter about some mics out front of the kit. They almost always give you something nice and usable if you use your ear to guide you with placement.

    I also agree that the hat mic is "usually" not needed. I use it sometimes to play with the image or on Hip Hop but it usually is leaks enough through every other mic.

    If you have the inputs I would mic the toms especially if you are doing Rock. You can always discard them later but you can't get more toms out of the overheads later without getting more cymbals.

    Good luck:dude
     
  12. JP

    JP Guitarist of Mojo Radio

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    Drum kit mic suggestions

    $500 budget

    Do you paln to do over heads ? Do you want to mic the highhat ?

    Sennheiser E602 Kick drum
    Shure Beta57 Snake
    Sennheiser E604's for Tom
    SE SE1A for hi hat or 2 for over heads
    SE Z3300A "Large Diaphragms" 2 for over heads "My Personal choice"

    :dude
     

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