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Rode NT5 mics as drum kit overheads

Discussion in 'Room & Overhead' started by RockHarlem, Mar 15, 2005.

  1. RockHarlem

    RockHarlem Guest

    how do the Rode NT5 condensers fare as drum kit overhead mics?
     
  2. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    Great! I use them to replace a pair of AKG C451EB's that were
    stolen from me several years ago. I use them on jazz drummer
    Les DeMerle's set of Pearls and on rock jamband drummers-awesome!
     
  3. o2x

    o2x Active Member

    I've used 'em. Think they're funky.
     
  4. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    "Funky"? As in, "That drummer can get downright
    funky!" ( this is good). Or, "That drummers' girlfriend
    smells funky" ( not good). Which?
    The NT5s are a fine mic, but like all mics, placement is key.
    So is the way that the drummer plays. The drummer MUST
    play the way he/she wants to sound. If the Rodes are placed
    with enough space between them (as a stereo pair),you
    can get a very good sound from them.If they are too far from the
    kit, and/or too close together, you can get some bad phase
    shifting that will yield less-than-ideal results. Properly
    spaced, they can help open up the kit and let it get...
    FUNKY!!! PEACE.
     
  5. o2x

    o2x Active Member

    funky = :D
     
  6. andershoeg

    andershoeg Guest

    Hey there! I have a pair of NT5's, using them for overheads. Though I do not have THAT much experience in the recording field, I do feel that these mics do a pretty good job! Cannot describe it, but they definitely sounds great! You can have a listen to my bands latest promo at http://www.frangoheep.dk . I used them for overheads on that recording. Maybe that can help you.
    B.R.
    andershoeg
     
  7. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    Thanks for your input. I have also used mine for stereo mic'ing choirs, a Yamaha C-7 grand piano, and at least a dozen different stringed instruments ( mandolin, 5-string banjo, Martins, Taylors,Doves, Hummingbirds, and more...). Not to mention small percussion, vibes, and rainsticks. I call them my "poor man's KM84..."
     

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