Drum Overhead Miking Preference

Discussion in 'Room & Overhead' started by stickers, Feb 10, 2005.

  1. stickers

    stickers Active Member

    Jan 31, 2005
    Lowell MA
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    I am just wondering what type of mic set up do you prefer for drum overheads..XY, spaced pair..?
  2. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Feb 10, 2001
    Usually an X-Y kinda thing with a couple of large diaphragm [not necessarily similar mics!!] condenser's... more often than not with tube based amplifiers.

    Another favorite is the Royer SF-12 stereo ribbon mic which is dual figure 8 [is that what they call " Blumlein"?]... it works very nicely as long as you have a good 15 foot of ceiling available.

    Best of luck.
  3. LittleDogAudio

    LittleDogAudio Active Member

    Sep 24, 2004
    I will sometimes use a spaced pair of AEA R84's for blues/jazz.

    For more aggressive stuff, I'll go for Shure SM81's in X-Y.

    For country/modern folk I'm into Nuemann KM 84's, spaced pair looking over the drummer's shoulders.

    So much of the choice depends on your room acoustics.


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