Drum overheads - mic preferences

paulears

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Ah - but UK Ford isn't quite the same - and weirdly Vauxhall is a bit like Audio Technica, in that Nissan and Renault have an identical, but differently priced vehicle on sale too!
 

bouldersound

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SM81s are to overheads as SM58s are to live vocals. If your drum sound sucks it's not because you used SM81s on overheads.

I use the C1000S, but not for overheads. They oddly work on some difficult sources when other "better" mics fail. But it does tend to be a mic of last resort.
 

rocksure

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The SM81 is a great choice. I also like the AKG C451 and the Rode NT5 is a great value. If you can afford it, the AKG C414 is always useful on just about anything, and look at the Neumann KM series.
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I agree with all of those are good choices. The AKG C414 models are all quite different from each other. I like the old classic C414B ULS and AKG C451EB mics. Shure sm81 is a very useful mic too. The Rode NT5 is also good value as mentioned.
 

DonnyThompson

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I like the old classic C414B ULS and AKG C451EB mics.

Actually, the 414 ULS - while a great mic - isn't considered to be the "classic" of the 414 lineage. The 414EB - and before - was the series that most now consider to be the "classic" models, because they still used the original brass C12 capsule.
All subsequent models, from the P48 and on, incorporated a Mylar capsule.
 
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