Mic pre drums for jazz/r&b



Hello to all
Ive enjoyed the information on this site :cool:

Heres my question
Im in the process of upgrading my studio
To record a jazz drum set (Gretsch)
The person who will be playing the set is a very capable player.
We are in the process of purchasing these mics.. ( any other suggestions/comments/Criticism
Is welcomed

Overheads 4033x2

As far as mic pres goes …. We are looking for some guidance or any experience with
Mic pres for jazz/ r&b sound for a live drum set

I know better than to think the Alesis mixer pres are going to get the sound we want
So we are looking to possibly get 2 good pre amps. $4500 Budget

Those of you that have recorded Jazz and R&B ( 70’s funk ) sound do you have any suggestions toward which pres to go with

Im thinking I cant go wrong with a combination of an API lunchbox and maybe a UA 2-610 to start out.

Of course these will be my first good pres so I would also like to use them for guitar (same Jazz & R&B format) and keys …..
And will be going into a DAW
My Sound Card is a Delta 1010 which will work for now… I personally would like to get the better pres now and upgrade the Delta in the near future

Any comments and or suggestions are welcomed
Thank you for your time


Well-Known Member
Sep 24, 2004
That's exactly where I was going William.
You can get an API 3124+ (4 channels) for under $2,500.

I might suggerst a different kick mic though. Look into the Sennheiser e602 or, if you can find it, an AKG D12.



Just to chime in...
Love api312's
Even better for me in Jazz land is the GML 8304


just a thought...

I have heard nothing but good things about Universal Audios new mic pres, the 4ch version (4110) for around $2500, and the 8ch version (8110) for about $4300. These pres have abput 80db of gain meaning for the quiet Jazz stuff there is still plenty of gain. And if you can swing picking up some ribbon mics, even better.

Speaking of mics, I have been using Josephson C42 (matched pair) for overheads for over a year now and they sound amazing. Best $800 bucks ive spent on mics yet.



just a thought brother...
you want to sound like 60s, early 70s jazz and funk? then you gotta use what they used. Don't forget that heaps of those classic james brown breaks were recorded with 1 or 2 mics: 1 mic (ribbon or large condensor) a couple of feet in front of the kit and mic number 2 as an overhead - a couple of feet above and pointing at the snare. make sure your kit sounds like funky drummer in the room you plan to record in - i.e. get your source right. the rest is all soul.
I have recorded in great studios with great pres/compressors etc and i am obsessed with the sound of early 70s curtis/james/kool and the gang etc - if you use 57 d112 etc using modern techniques you won't sound like those old breaks - you will sound like ugly 90s acid jazz. I use 2 ntks in my local church hall straight into my old ampex tape machine = gold man! there's a lot more to it than pres man - otherwise dj shadow wouldn't be stuffed finding all those obscure breaks - he'd just play new ones.
man it's cool you're chasing that sound dude - good luck!


Well-Known Member
Jun 23, 2003
In the FWIW column,

I've worked with Clyde Stubblefield (James Brown's former drummer) and A LOT (most) of that sound is because of his incredible playing. I've worked with some great drummers in jazz and classic r and b, but no one's backbeat was even close to what he can create live.
You've got to hear it to believe it.
As far as recording goes, simple is usually better and Kurt Foster's advice to have 'em beat the skins and go lightly on the cymbals is always a great idea.


You guys are the best. Thanks for all of your input and suggestions :D
This site rules :cool:

I know I cant go wrong with the API that’s probably what im going to do and be done with it … I have been looking at the UA 4110 but I would rather wait for some more feedback or actually get my hands on one for a period of time to “try out” Although its UA I don’t want to run to the store and pick it up.
I know Im not the only one that get excited on new products

thanks again !!!!!!!!