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Shure SM57 Drum Mics

Discussion in 'Drums' started by DKNUCKLES, Sep 25, 2007.



    Im looking to start a studio sometime in the near / distant future. I was looking into getting the Shure SM57 drum mic kit, and I was hoping to get some opinions on the kit. I've done some reviews on the kits as is, and they seem to be pretty popular, but I was hoping to get the opinions of some seasoned veterans.

    Any input would be greatly appreciated :)
  2. droc8705

    droc8705 Active Member

    if that's the kit that i'm thinking of, it's the one with 3 sm57s and a beta 52, and if that's true, then you're good to go. almost everyone on this forum will agree that sm57s sound great on toms and snare. will they disagree on what sounds better??? yeah, but they won't say that the 57s are bad, cuz they're not. as far as if the beta 52 is better than other mics in it's category (akg d112, audix d6), my experience with that is the same as asking a group of people if coke is better than sprite: you'll get different answers for different reasons, but at the end of the day, they're both still very popular thirst quenchers.

    i'm more of a root beer man myself.

  3. droc8705

    droc8705 Active Member

    oh yeah, one more thing...if that is the kit that i'm thinking of, it doesn't bring any condensers for the overheads, it's just the mics for the physical drums themselves. so you may wanna check out your budget and see if you're better off just gettting a nice kick mic and a nice pair of overheads, that way you get a good sound out of the kit as a whole and not just the individual drums.


    yea i'm aware...i was planning on running 2 compressors for overheads - to be determined which kind they are.

    I'm more of a Dr. Pepper man myself :)
  5. zemlin

    zemlin Well-Known Member

    I have this kit.
    I bought it because I wanted more SM57s, and sometimes need to record drums. The clamps in this kit are nice. You'll want to get some mic cables with right-angle connectors, otherwise it can be tough trying to stuff 57s into the middle of a kit. My experience with the Beta52 is that it's more of a THUD than a SMACK. I'm not saying that's a bad thing - you hear many different kick sounds in mixes. From what I've read, the D112 is smackier than the Beta52.
  6. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    Have to say I like the smack....
    of the D112 better.
  7. One thing to consider is what tyope of drummer/kit you're dealing with.
    If it's a pop/rock gig, 57s tight on the drums is going to do OK. Personally, I'm really liking the Audix i5 and D6, but like another poster said, Coke vs. Sprite.
    If you're dealing with a more "organic" drummer (i.e., jazz/big-band), a simple pair of OHs and a kick can do the kit great justice. I use a pair of SM81s and a Beyer M99 on the kick. Thud! Smack! Pow! Take that, Joker!


    i'm really wanting to get a good, deep sound out of the drum - I really love a beefy sounding bass drum. I do quite a bit of metal hardcore drumming so the beefier the better in my case :)

    any new advice with the new information?
  9. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    use two mics- A d112 for smack on the beater side and a BLue Ball or Subkick on the other side.
    Oh and don't forget the phase!
  10. HansAm

    HansAm Active Member

    Metal, and atleast hardcore need alot of SMACK to make the brain realise there are alot of FWOOMP there aswell. You need the bright tones to "highlight" the lower..
    Or something. I need a english course..
  11. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    The Shure 'kit' is all about the clamps. The mics can be bought individually at a lesser cost almost anywhere....just not with the clamps.

    As far as a plus or minus on the mics as drum mics, this is, as has been demonstrated so far, a very very subjective call. Will these work well on drums? Absolutely! Will they work for my style of music? Without a doubt! Will it sound like my favorite records?.....Uh.......idunno.......

    There are two main things that contribute 80% to a GREAT drum sound.

    ONE: The drums themselves. Well tuned, properly tensioned heads.... drums with the bearing edges well done....the CORRECT head for the style of music......drums with ALL the hardware properly tightened,all rattles and sympathetic tones controlled........and a drummer that understands where the inpact of the stick makes the most tone and volume and is in control of this.

    TWO: The room. Drums are creatures that are totally chained to the physics of the environment they placed in. They are ACOUSTIC instruments and any thought beyond this is pulling the plug on the ability to create a quality sound.

    The other 20% is the mics, the electronics of the recording path, and whether or not the drummer can count to 3 or 4 without losing or gaining time.

    So you CAN tailor the mics you use towards a particular sound or style, but without the rest of it, it doesnt really matter what you put up around the kit. Its gonna be a shot in the dark about the quality.
  12. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    Screw all of those microphone kits! They're OK and I love SM57's. But if you want that big fat drum sound then what you should get is a bunch of Sennheiser's MD421's. My favorites! Bass drum, snare drum, toms and even as overheads. That's the bomb! I might stick AKG414's as overheads, my favorite, maybe Shure SM 81's for overheads, if I don't like the cymbals. SM 81 or AKG 451/452 on hat and bottom snare drum. With pads engaged. That's my personal favorite. That's what I have. That's what I use mostly.

    If not that, I'll use all SM57's on all of the drums including bass drum. I don't like them on overheads but I would use them if I had to. Frequently on hat also.

    I have all of the popular bass drum microphones, D112, RE20, Beta 52 and I don't like any of them on bass drum. Rarely have I ever found them to sound as good as the MD421. Don't forget to flip the phase on the bass drum microphone if you want and even harder thud, with less flabbiness. Don't ask why not flip phase on all of the other drums instead of the bass drum. Just don't. You want a good sound right? Not a beginner sound.

    I love big and fat even though I've lost 50 pounds
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  13. zemlin

    zemlin Well-Known Member

    I picked mine up for $360 new (about the same price as one MD421) - so I felt I got a pretty good deal. I was looking to buy (3) 57s, so I added the clamps and the Beta52 for pretty slim upcharge.
  14. KingSix

    KingSix Active Member

    Why flip phase on the kick??
  15. TheArchitect

    TheArchitect Active Member

    Sorry, but I am calling BS on this. The kick and snare bottom are about the only drums with the head moving towards the mic on impact ie positive polarity. Snare top, toms etc move away from the mic creating neg polarity. Look at the recorded wave of the various mics etc. its plain as day. By flipping the polarity of these mics you get everything in line with the initial attack of the drums driving the playback speaker at you for everything

    Ultimately the difference either way is subtle at best 98% of the time. The exception being exceptionally poor mic placement to begin with. To suggest that one or the other is "beginner" is a bush league comment at best.
  16. sammyg

    sammyg Active Member

    I read something a while ago that seemed to make sense, it mentioned getting the snare mics (top and bottom) correct as far as phase and sound is concerned then get everything else on the kit sounding correct in relation to the snare, so the snare becomes boss. The theory behind it is that people react to the downbeat (which most of the time is the snare), so the snare shouldnt be phase cancelled by any of the other mics, so get the snare correct and everything else correct off of IT correct and you should be ok. I tend to keep this in the back of my mind when working on drums. I cant remember where I read this, was on the net somewhere, too many articles to remember! Was an interesting read though.
    My 2 cents.



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