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Good pair of tom drum mics??

Discussion in 'Drums' started by noamlev5, Sep 17, 2006.

  1. noamlev5

    noamlev5 Guest

    Hi guys! another easy qustion for me...
    I was woundering if any of you guys have a recomendation for a good pair of mics for a tom and flor tom...my price limit is around 350$ (max) anyone?? most of my recordings are hard-core/punk-rock/easy-rock sort of recordings...

    thanks a lot for everything and every one!
    noam from israel!
  2. MadMax

    MadMax Distinguished Member

    Mar 18, 2001
    Sunny & warm NC
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    There's SM57's, Used 421's, AKG 416's, Audix D4, D5 in that range.

    There's one of the new SHURE-PGDMK4 kit's on eBay. Don't know about em' but it's in your price range.

  3. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Guest

    Sep 26, 2005
    For hard-driving metal oriented rock, my favorite Tom Tom microphone is the Sennheiser MD421 since they are nearly impervious to overload. They have a beautiful solid fat sound to them. The Shure SM57/Beta 57 are also wonderful but not as fat sounding. Then there are the "Drum microphone kits", which frequently have miniature capsule condenser microphones for the Toms. The condenser microphones are a little more susceptible to overload but the smaller the capsule, the less sensitive they are and so, the less chance they will overload. Because they are less sensitive, their output noise level is higher than that of a standard small or large capsule condenser microphone but since we are talking within only a couple of inches off of a drumhead, the increased noise is not a factor.

    Now go beat off
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  4. zacanger

    zacanger Guest


    I usually stick with 57s because I know they're reliable.
  5. took-the-red-pill

    took-the-red-pill Active Member

    Jan 10, 2005
    Near Clagary
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    Okay, I've got my flame proof vest on, and I'm ready for the backlash...

    Who cares? Really, in the grand scheme of things, we hear a whole three minute song and there might be three tom shots in the whole thing. Nobody is ever going to listen and say, "Well, the song was great, but he chose the wrong tom mics so I don't like it."

    As I see it, the time to spend money just on a tom mic is when I have every other mic I could possibly imagine, including those I have only dreamed of, and I haven't yet run out of money.

    okay, my chin's out. Hit me...

  6. noamlev5

    noamlev5 Guest

    That acutaly dose make a lot of sense...but!!!!
    I realy like my setup of mics for everything, but what I use now for toms are AKG c1000 wich would be a hell of alot better if I use them on overheads for hihats and cinabels...wich means I need 2 more mics (for toms...)and I have 450$ wich I saved...don't you think that it would be a good idea to buy a good pair and just stick with them?
    thanks a lot guys for all your answers!!! :lol:

    what do you think about a pair of Shure Beta 56???
    or Audix D4 ?? anyone had any expirince with anyone of them?? thanks!
  7. anxious

    anxious Guest

    FWIW, a personal favorite is the recently discontinued ATM25. (Not any of the other AT "25" mics, though.) Versatile, and built like the proverbial tank. Smooth, deep, round sound. Often works for me on kick, toms, and even bass cabs.

    Easy to find for $150 now.
  8. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    MR.Anxious, even though he IS from Calipornia, is right on the mark.

    Remy too....A pair of ATM25's and you have enough left for a fine Scotch...or a pair of used MD421's. These are both mics you can use lots of other places, though the Senns are more versatile. So instead of thinking about 'tom mics' think of mics you can use on toms,guitars,bass,percussion,vibraslap,backing vocals,catfights, rectum surgery...etc.etc.etc.
  9. anxious

    anxious Guest

    No way, dude. I was like so totally born on the East Coast, and completely like dragged here many years later. But like now that I so kinda mmm talk like whatever, they won't let me move back, or anything.
  10. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    Like, uhh, wow, dude, I like can really attest to the pain thing.....dude.
  11. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Haha...Dave you are classic!

    I've been diggin' the Audix D2 lately. I've found that getting the right placement can be tricky. At one point my toms were sounding really un-natural with a huge extended low end (not in a good way), and changing the position a hair changed everything. I ended up with a round tom sound with a slap for days. Very versatile across many genres.
  12. BobRogers

    BobRogers Distinguished Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    Blacksburg, VA
    Can someone please give a quick primer on the various incarnations of the MD421? Anything special to look out for when buying them used?
  13. 3dchris

    3dchris Active Member

    Dec 29, 2002
    check out sennheiser e604 tom mic. it's small yet juicy.
  14. IIRs

    IIRs Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2005
    I think these are excellent tom mics (though I have only ever used them for live sound.)

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