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how do the Rode NT5 condensers fare as drum kit overhead mics?


mchakravarty Tue, 03/15/2005 - 19:44

Rode NT5

A true matched pair with tight cardioid pickup. This pair provides a very realistic stereo image in both X-Y as well as spaced configurations. When used within 2 ft (overhead) provides realistic punchy toms and snare pickup and clean cymbals. Even when used as the only drum recording option picks up the kick sound rather well.

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moonbaby Wed, 03/16/2005 - 09:31

Great! I use them to replace a pair of AKG C451EB's that were
stolen from me several years ago. I use them on jazz drummer
Les DeMerle's set of Pearls and on rock jamband drummers-awesome!

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moonbaby Fri, 03/18/2005 - 14:52

"Funky"? As in, "That drummer can get downright
funky!" ( this is good). Or, "That drummers' girlfriend
smells funky" ( not good). Which?
The NT5s are a fine mic, but like all mics, placement is key.
So is the way that the drummer plays. The drummer MUST
play the way he/she wants to sound. If the Rodes are placed
with enough space between them (as a stereo pair),you
can get a very good sound from them.If they are too far from the
kit, and/or too close together, you can get some bad phase
shifting that will yield less-than-ideal results. Properly
spaced, they can help open up the kit and let it get...

andershoeg Sat, 04/16/2005 - 12:26

Hey there! I have a pair of NT5's, using them for overheads. Though I do not have THAT much experience in the recording field, I do feel that these mics do a pretty good job! Cannot describe it, but they definitely sounds great! You can have a listen to my bands latest promo at . I used them for overheads on that recording. Maybe that can help you.

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moonbaby Sat, 04/16/2005 - 17:36

Thanks for your input. I have also used mine for stereo mic'ing choirs, a Yamaha C-7 grand piano, and at least a dozen different stringed instruments ( mandolin, 5-string banjo, Martins, Taylors,Doves, Hummingbirds, and more...). Not to mention small percussion, vibes, and rainsticks. I call them my "poor man's KM84..."