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Tom Mic Recommendations

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Voiceofallanger, Dec 1, 2010.

  1. Voiceofallanger

    Voiceofallanger Active Member

    Hey guys. Just wondering what your personal preferences are on standard hi-mid-low toms.. I've got a basic set of samson tom mics and they do the job reasonably but I have to mess around a lot with EQ and gating to get them to sound right (even with an incredibly tuned kit.)

    Just wondering what you tend to use on your toms because I think I'll be looking to horde more mics when I next get paid.

    Hope you're all having a nice December so far :)

    - Dan
  2. Big K

    Big K Well-Known Member

    I tried a whole bunch of mics, but I always come back to the Sennheiser MD 421 for toms.
    Just watch out with this dreaded mic clip. I don't know how often I have adjusted the MD
    and accidently released the microphone. It is always good fun to see the mic gliding over tom and snare to finally land on the floor. The best part of it: this clip costs about 58 $, here. It is quite a bit cheaper, though, in the USA, for what ever reason.
    Anyway, there are other good mics, but this is my favourite for toms.
  3. Voiceofallanger

    Voiceofallanger Active Member

    Brilliant. Thanks for the reply. I'll add them to my list of mics to look into. I have heard a lot of good things about them locally but I would rather get opinions off here as there is a lot more experience floating around. Thanks for the reply.
  4. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    I like a mixture:
    ATM25 low tom,
    ATM35 mid and Hight
    SM57 High and mid
    D112 Low Tom
    Rode NT2 any Tom
    U87 and Tom
    AKG C3000 mid and high tom.
    RE20 low tom
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  5. Voiceofallanger

    Voiceofallanger Active Member

    I was thinking about having a look at the ATMs.. Something I never really looked at. I also do like the D112 on floor toms but.. I only have one and it's usually busy sorting my kick drum out hahah :D
  6. Steve@Russo

    Steve@Russo Active Member

  7. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    All of these recommendations are great, except for one of them:the A-T ATM25. This mic positively SUCKS at this type of application, don't even THINK about purchasing a couple of them for this, or any other drum mic'ing application! PLEASE and do yourself a favor, DON'T buy that mic! You will regret this
    the rest of your life..."Oy! Why did spend half the amount of a Sennheiser 421 on this mic that sounds twice as good, err, NOT as good-repeat NOT as good - as a 421!?!?" LOL!!!!!!!!

    Managing to drive the resell value of the ATM25 through the roof, Davedog and moonbaby (and now it looks like Link55) have unabashedly admitted a love fest with this lovely little morsel that the brainiacs at A-Tso brazenly and heartlessly removed from the planet.Bastards....
  8. soapfloats

    soapfloats Well-Known Member

    I usually use a 57 on the high tom, and the aforementioned 421s on mid and low toms.
    Because I have only two 421s...
  9. Jeemy

    Jeemy Well-Known Member

    I am a total drum pleb and don't really think toms make much of a difference, so I use Audix d2s on hi/mid toms and a D4 on the floor tom, as they then have the nice neat integral clips and I can forget about them.
  10. Steve@Russo

    Steve@Russo Active Member

    the nice part about 421's is they are soooo good at other things too. I love them on high gain amps, double kick is you run out of your normal kick drum mic, good for screaming to if you don't have a sm7b
  11. natural

    natural Active Member

    Yes, Do not use the ATM25. It will enhance all those great frequencies on all your toms and kick, and you don't want that kind of build up.
    Plus since it's a hypercardoid, it will reject the natural sound bleed from the rest of the kit.
    Oh, sure, there's a few of us that live for that kind of stuff, but we're just hopelessly insane.

    Secret Tip O' the day regarding the 421's stupid mic clip:
    Since you will never use this mic without the clip, or with any other clip, and you will never use the clip with any other mic....
    ...Super Glue solves all your problems !
  12. Voiceofallanger

    Voiceofallanger Active Member

    Hahahaha natural. What a funny post :D Thanks ;)
  13. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    While I do love the MD421 for its great sound and wonderful versatility, it truly sucks for placement in a densely populated drum kit.

    I love the sound of the Audix mics. I use D2's and D4's on the toms and a D1 for the under snare mic. Easy to place, great full-range response, and indestructible by drummers. They also sound great on guitars of all types, bass cabinets and leslies.

    You really do want to avoid the ATM25. Its the kind of mic that will haunt you if you ever use it. If you run across any of them, please send them to me so I can recycle them as is appropriate.
  14. Voiceofallanger

    Voiceofallanger Active Member

    You guys make me laugh :D Ok so................ Looking like I have a few to choose from... Wish I could try some out but its kinda hard to ask a store.. HEY.. MIND IF I BORROW THIS AND THROW IT IN WITH MY OTHER MICS FOR A TEST?

    Damn.. I'll probably end up buying more than one now if my terrible salary can afford it........... BLAST YOU!! :D

    Thanks for your input Dave... I'm mainly dealing with basic rock setups for the time being... so placement for the MD421 might not be an issue....... As for the ATM25......

    All I can say is... HRMMMMMMM
  15. Steve@Russo

    Steve@Russo Active Member

    so true, the size of it is its biggest downfall
  16. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    "so true, the size of it is its biggest downfall".... That's what she said!!!
  17. Steve@Russo

    Steve@Russo Active Member

  18. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

    Akg has some drum mics (ccs-d22) that the cheif engineer at the studio i work @ likes. he said they are about 1/3the price of 421's and sounded remarkably simlar when he a/b 'em. they are about half the size. One place i never though i'd see 421's was for room mics, but they actually sound nice, so nice i haven't used a digital verb in 3 months on the drums.
  19. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    I'm not saying the Senn e604 sounds just like a 421, but it gives you the sound you're usually trying to get from your 421 on a rack tom.
    I also like the D112 or D12e on a deep floor tom. I've also used the AKG CCS-D22 kmetal is referring to live and wasn't disappointed with them on a well tuned kit.
  20. Steve@Russo

    Steve@Russo Active Member

    Yeah I had the 604's for a while, very good mics for the price, if I was to start a studio again I would probably go that route in the beginning.

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