Drum Mic opinions

Discussion in 'Drums' started by Randy Carrillo, Nov 4, 2014.

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  1. Randy Carrillo

    Randy Carrillo Active Member

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    Now that you mentioned the M80, it sounds really good on snare. I searched it and have been hearing some shootouts with it. I will have to try this down the road. For now the 57 is doing just fine.
     
  2. simman

    simman Active Member

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    Yeah it does sound good not to mention it is built like a freakin tank too. I give Fletcher from gearslutz credit for turning me on to the mic. Yeah it cost more than a sm57 but it is IMO worth the investment.
     
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  3. simman

    simman Active Member

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    No dispute that the SM57 has been used on countless hits on snares and just about anything else you can think off. I just provided an alternative for a snare mic irrespective of budget that IMO is a better mic both in quality and ability to capture sound.

    Will I sell all my 57s anytime soon - hell no but when it comes to my go to choice for a snare mic I go with the M80. It has proven to be worth the extra money at least to me.

    I could also offer the SM7 (albeit big) as an interesting alternative on snare as well. Just make sure you trust the drummer :D .
     
  4. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

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    Since we've now moved to snare mics I will now put in my standard reply of Beyer 201N. I also like the AT4041's on snares that need that 'sheen' or when the theres a lot of side-stick or brush work. Another probably little known condenser I like on close in snare/hat micing is a Kel HM-3C. If I'm looking for a sort of area kit micing technique I will use two of these , one just peeking over the rim of the floor tom about a foot back and one in the nexus of the snare/ hat confluence also at a foot. Add a kick just inside and a tube overhead or a nice ribbon, gobo off the kit and that makes a great representation of a kit in a room. You can expand on this to increase the "size" by adding distant room mics.

    Lately my SM7 has been the only mic I use on the floor toms.
     
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  5. Big_D

    Big_D Well-Known Member

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    A lot of great snare mic alternatives being mentioned here! My mainstay is the 57 but I'll sometimes add an SM81 or even an old Peavey PVM38. Yep a Peavey. It's a very bright mic but it works well when I really want to highlight the snares or use it combined with the 57 for a more natural sound.
     
  6. Basher

    Basher Active Member

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    I tell ya, I buy all my mics on a budget, so I went with the AT MB series mic package. I bought a GLS Audio 57 copy for the snare, and cheapo CAD'S for the OH's. Nice clean sound for the budget minded.
     
  7. Sean G

    Sean G Well-Known Member

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    You do realise that you are replying to a thread that is 2 years old, right?

    Not that there is anything wrong with bumping threads, but a few of the contributors to this thread are no longer around ;)

    FWIW
     
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  8. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Staff

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    I love reading through old threads, seeing how things change or don't change with the times, including how they can sometimes... stimulate old members back here :love: (some of them have passed to music heaven as well).
    fwiw... A huge percentage of "vintage RO" has some of the best pro audio content on the web, that was contributed by members whom only made their appearances here on the web. ;)

    Seek and you shall find. :)
     
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  9. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Staff

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    on that note: (y)

    definitely a huge factor.
     

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