Drum Overhead Mic Recommendations?

Discussion in 'Room & Overhead' started by diz, Jan 3, 2005.

  1. diz

    diz Guest

    I have been getting mixed answers on whether or not small diaphragm or large diaphragm mics are better for overheads on drums. What do you guys think? Can you give me a recommendation for some mics that cost between $299 and $399? If it was between a pair of Rode NT1000's or Shure SM81's which would be better?
  2. TanTan

    TanTan Distinguished Member

    Nov 30, 2003
    A stereo pair of Akg c451 (with the ck1 capsule)
  3. LittleDogAudio

    LittleDogAudio Active Member

    Sep 24, 2004
    I doubt that you can get a pair of AKG 451's for under $399, unless they come out of someone's trunk in a dark alley.

    Look into the Rode NT-5's. They fit your budget and I think they sound quite nice for overheads. They have a silky kinda sound.
    Hard to beat for the $$$

    The SM-81's are sort of bitey and a little harsh, which can work well for more aggressive drummers playing harder stuff.

  4. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    Lot of talk about this topic in archives. Use the search function, read and learn.
  5. J-3

    J-3 Active Member

    Jul 20, 2004
    I don't have tons of experience in this but I much prefer to use SD condensors for overheads. I'm using Oktava MK-012's now and hope to be moving up to Josephson C42's real soon. To me the SD's capture more of the high freq's with more detail. Are you planning on micing the whole kit or just overhead and perhaps a kick? Anyone else care to share? I'd love to hear others opinons.
  6. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    Its all about the pattern and the frequency curve.This is what you should consider.
  7. diz

    diz Guest

    I heard that with an omni pattern the drums get a very big sound. But cardiod is probably the standard. What polar pattern do you recommend?
  8. sproll

    sproll Active Member

    Oct 7, 2004
    Kurt likes the Studio Project C4's.

    If he likes em, that's good enough for me! (Plus I'm very happy with my C1)

  9. markmisinco

    markmisinco Guest

    I haven't had any problems with a pair of AKG c1000s, but I'm a newbie.
  10. sproll

    sproll Active Member

    Oct 7, 2004
    C1000's aren't bad, but I think I would use them more as a hi-hat mic than an overhead. That's just my opinion tho, and I may be way out in left field.
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