Drum Overhead Mics

Discussion in 'Room & Overhead' started by stinkybleach, May 22, 2007.

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  1. stinkybleach

    stinkybleach Guest

    Can anyone recommend a good pair of Drum Overhead Mics???
  2. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    Mar 31, 2007
    North Vancouver
    Earthworks QTC50. They are truely amazing.
  3. skawful

    skawful Guest

    I think it really depends on your budget and what you're looking for.

    I'd also say it depends on the rest of your drum setup... and even the room...

    Also (this doesn't always apply to overhead mics but) try and grab something you can use elsewhere ... so they aren't only being used in one situation and you're really getting bang for buck.
  4. Imago

    Imago Guest

    yeah definitely depends on the budget. I don't know what yours is , but a pair of u87s always do the trick. on a little tighter budget however try a pair of mojavi audio MA-100s they run like 1500 per pair. I've been really impressed with the mojavi line(props to david royer) and the MA-100s are no different. SD condensers with military grade tubes and interchangable cardioid and omni capsules.....Yeah!
  5. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    Use the search engine on this site and you will likely find other comments on this subject.

    While any pair of mics can be used for overheads, the Earthworks as great mics for overheads and in general for many other sources.

    BROKENBONES Active Member

    Jul 18, 2004
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    Earthworks QTC50 is an awesome overhead mic. very open and detailed.
    clarity of the cymbals really comes through.
  7. Bently

    Bently Guest

    Ive been using AKG C414's with good results.
  8. johnthemiracle

    johnthemiracle Active Member

    Jul 26, 2004
    vienna, austria
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    414's are ok of course. if you have some money, get mkh40's (sennheiser). if you don't have that much money Neumann km184's will sound great, too. dpa 4011's come to mind, too. there's a lot of choices, really...!
  9. tifftunes

    tifftunes Active Member

    Jan 13, 2003
    I use a pair of EV RE200s (SDC) or TLM193s (LDC)for stereo, and a KSM44 in omni for mono overhead. I have also used a pair of SM57s (stereo) and an EV RE27 (mono) as overheads in a pinch. The RE27 sounded as good as many condensers too!

    I've been wanting a matched pair of Oktava MC012s with the extra capsules for a long time, and only wish I could afford a matched pair of Schoeps pencil mics...
  10. IzovAge

    IzovAge Guest

    AT4050/AT4047 reasonably priced and does a nice job as well.
  11. Tascaman2488

    Tascaman2488 Guest

    Audix studio overhead mics or the live show mics both are outstanding
  12. multoc

    multoc Active Member

    Jun 18, 2005
    For a budget you can't beat two $59 MXL condensors. They work well, they're cheap, they reproduce nicely and give you just enough sizzle and just enough body to be wonderful
  13. TheBear

    TheBear Guest

    ive used akg c 1000's and they work pretty nicely.
  14. TheArchitect

    TheArchitect Active Member

    Mar 26, 2005
    If you really have no budget, hell even if you have a huge budget, the Kel HM-1's are really sweet on overheads. I've been using mine for a few years now and have felt no need to change. They add meat to the kit and do great things for the cymbals because they lack the top end boost so many mics have
  15. Truth. If you position them carefully around a kit, you may not need many other mic's.
  16. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    I agree with this. Kel mics sound really good as a sort of intermediate room mic as well as a close mic. I used mine on the room not long ago and have found ANOTHER use for this thing.

    I see no reason why you couldnt close mic the snare and kick and use a pair of HM1's on the overheads and get everything you could ever want from a drum kit.
  17. THeBLueROom

    THeBLueROom Member

    Jan 15, 2005
    GT44s are freakin' killer on OHs.

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