Kel HM-1's

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by FootPrints, Dec 4, 2008.

  1. FootPrints

    FootPrints Active Member

    Jan 6, 2007
    Ok, so I am looking to buy a pair of mics to use as drum overheads, and I don't want to spend more than $300. Up until this point, I have been using either sm58's as overheads, or an MXL large diaphragm condenser borrowed from a friend. I was originally looking for a pair of SDC's, but anything cheaper than Rode NT5's seemed to get mediocre reviews at best. I checked out the HM-1 after hearing about it on this site, and they seem like good mics, but everything I read says that they are not a go-to mic for all applications. Has anyone used these as overheads? Or is there something better for the money out there.


  2. My HM-1s have exactly one application: drum overheads. And in my budget, they excel over everything else I own. I should mention, however, that I'm not usually a fan of pencil-type SDCs as overheads, or of unnaturally bright drums.

    But this is the only thing I love them on. Occasionally they work well for boxy-sounding acoustic guitars, but I almost never favor them for guitar amps or vocals.
  3. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    I also like mine as a second outside-the-drum kick mic. Very woody.

    As a guitar amp mic I think this mic excells. I DO use it as a second mic there also....usually with an old SM57 or even an ADK A51 LDC.

    Its very 'forward' without being too bright.

    Two would be great overheads.

    AND it would have to be our little secret........K?
  4. FootPrints

    FootPrints Active Member

    Jan 6, 2007
    Thanks for the response, its reassuring. I will most likely be ordering a pair in the next couple of weeks, and don't worry, I'll keep it on the down-low. The price already increased from when I first saw these mics, I don't want them going up any more.
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