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Old 06-20-2007, 09:14 AM
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Drum Recording Mics (what to get?)

Hey guys,

Iím looking for a set of drum mics (5+ mic set) and need some advice for the best ones to get.
They will be used for recording only, (not for live performances... just yet)
Iíve looked on eBay and found a few going for around 130GBP + case/leads but Iím worried about the quality these mics will record at.

Iím looking to spend anywhere from 100-300 GBP.

What mic sets can you recommend for this? Itís for a typical kit, 1 bass 3 toms 2 symbols, 1 snare, 1 hi hate

Ill be recording on a Yamaha AW1600 (8 track)

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Old 06-22-2007, 03:23 AM
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Well it all depends on the quality of recording you intend to do. I mean, if you have unlimited finances, go Sure mics all the way. Other than the usual top brand names (Roland, Marshall, Rhodes) I don't think it makes much difference, so long as they're not broken. You should be able to get a nice sound out of any specified drum mics.

As for the types of mics you'll need, start with a purpose built bass drum mic for the kick. These mics are made to record only the lowest end of sound and to withstand the shockwave of the kick without changing the sound.

Tom/ snare mics are also purpose built to add a little extra punch to the sound, whereas regular dynamic mics would not.

Hi-hats you can probably get away with a standard, balanced dynamic microphone, or possibly nothing at all depending on how important the sound is and how good the next items are.

Overhead mics for drum kits are usually condensor mics. These mics are capable of making the high-end of your cymbals sound crystal clear, but unless your mixing desk has assingable phantom power, be sure to buy mics that carry their own battery.

Most drum mic kits will have all these mics included, except for the hi-hat. If the company has gone to the trouble of making a pack like this, they'll probably do the job. Thankfully you have a pretty standard setup, so you should have no problem finding a set to suit your kit.

You'll need, One kick mic, four snare/tom mics and two battery powered condensors and maybe a dynamic mic for the hi-hat.

Of course, Look out for packs that include cables and rim mounts, these can be a godsend when you first start putting it together and you're missing one stand or lead.

Anyway, I hope this helped and let us know what you end up with.
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Re: Drum Recording Mics (what to get?)

Mr. Skinslapper is right about Sure mics.
My son works for PRG and is a sound engineer. I spoke with him and he told me that in most places like theaters and recording studios they use the Shure Beta 98 (Condenser Supercardiod) for over head mics. He suggested that placing them about 6 inches from the cymbals pointed straight is good. They also clip on to the drums and come with a flexible goose neck. They are quite pricey but they are worth it.

Good luck and happy drumming.
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Re: Drum Recording Mics (what to get?)

Why skimp on quality sound, get a "shure" thing and you will be happier you did. I have a sound engineer in my band and we use "shure" mics to record and play live.
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Old 04-27-2012, 10:34 PM
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Re: Drum Recording Mics (what to get?)

Just what I have been thinking about.
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Old 09-14-2012, 03:25 AM
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Re: Drum Recording Mics (what to get?)

Your Yamaha 8 track......does it have phantom power? If so, you will not need battery powered electret condensers. You may want to pickup a fairly inexpensive mic mixer that has phantom power, mix your drums on that, then send the signal to one or two inputs on the recorder, leaving the other six tracks for other instruments and vocals.
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