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I don't have a lot of mics to go around and I'm looking to use what I have as much as possible.

One of my band-mates has two SM58's and I'm hoping they are usable for drum recordings.
Maybe hit-hat Micing ?

So far the mics I have for the drums session are; RODE NT4, Beta 57A x 2, Beta 52A, SM57 x 3, SM58 x 2.

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BusterMudd Wed, 05/12/2010 - 09:41

I've used SM58s for nearly *every* part of a drumkit in a live PA situation: kick, snare, toms, ride cymbal, & hihats. In a studio I don't think I've ever had to resort to 58s but I'd still use 'em if that was all I had. Only place I'd avoid is for Overheads.

And if you've got good overheads I'd skip the hihat mic altogether.

dvdhawk Wed, 05/12/2010 - 10:22

You've got all the mics you need. I assume you're thinking of using the Rode NT4 as a stereo overhead, the Beta 52A on the kick drum, 2x SM57 as top and bottom snare mics. With a well-tuned drum kit in a really good sounding room I'd be tempted to stop there and see what it sounds like. But in less than ideal conditions, go ahead and mic the toms and hi-hat with the remaining 57s and 58s. They're very capable mics.

Best of luck.

RemyRAD Mon, 05/24/2010 - 16:50

Just remember you can always unscrew the metal ball on your SM58/Beta 58 and it becomes a 57 and much easier to place in tight situations. I've used both 57's & Sennheiser 421's on entire drum sets including overheads. And if it's a good drum set you're going to get one heck of a great recording with those microphones that you already have. It's the standard MO for drum sets.

Same MO
Mx. Remy Ann David

soapfloats Mon, 05/24/2010 - 22:26

The only thing I can add to the above is that if you have a spare 58 (not micing toms), use it as a room mic.
Put it anywhere, put it everywhere.
Depending on the size and acoustics of your space, your results will vary, but it's worth a try.

And skip the hi-hat mic - unless you're doing a disco song or you have the channel to burn

BobRogers Tue, 05/25/2010 - 04:32

As was said above, the 58 is essentially a 57 with a pop filter. But I've always felt that when you removed the big silver ball the capsule looked kind of vulnerable. So, if you do that, I'd use it on things like under snare or high hat where it is harder for the drummer to hit.

BTW, I usually throw a mic on the high hat if the track is available. You are not forced to put every mic that you track into the mix - but it's nice to have them if you want to highlight them.