Looking for gift - Good tom mic?

Discussion in 'Drums' started by nizl, Dec 2, 2003.

  1. nizl

    nizl Guest

    Hey all,

    I'm looking for a gift. Trying to find a good tom mic that I can buy a couple of and won't break the bank. Maybe around $100 or so each. Looking for that DEEP tom sound.

    Anything I should look at other than SM57's and the MD421?
  2. Doublehelix

    Doublehelix Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2001
    I bought a few of the Audix D2's earlier this year to use a "second sound" as tom mics, and they work pretty well.

    My first choice are my MD421's, but I have found the D2's sound pretty good also, and are just bit "different" sounding.
  3. bgavin

    bgavin Guest

    ATM25 fit the requirement, and are plentiful on eBay for 85 ~ 100 used. They are $139 shipped every day from Zzounds. I own (3) for drums, and like what I hear.
  4. nizl

    nizl Guest

    Cool, thanks for the tips. What about the EV 408? Anyone have good luck with those?
  5. nizl

    nizl Guest

    Any other suggestions? Audix D2? Bueller?
  6. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    ATM Pro35 clip on condenser.. 135 each... killer I love mine !
  7. denial

    denial Guest

    Try a Beyer M201.
    It's makes for a great snare mic too with far less hat bleed than a 57 due to it hypercardiod polar pattern.

    For a bit more coin but not necessarily better try a Sennheiser 441 or 421.
  8. dymaxian

    dymaxian Guest

    What do you folks think of the Beta56? I see them all over, and they're pretty close to the same price as the D2...

    I've never had a chance to really test either one out. No one here mentions the Beta56 tho... I hear good stuff about the D2 all the time ;)

    "to hell with the CD sales- download the MP3s and come to the shows!"
  9. nizl

    nizl Guest

    Well for now I wound up w/ the Audix DP-2 drum combo kit: 1 D1, 2 D2's, and 1 D4 for $300 on eBay! Too good to pass up.

    I figured this will fit the bill for a while, until I can afford to upgrade. Or maybe they'll be good enough! I'll let you know...

    Thanks for all the responses.
  10. jtvrdy

    jtvrdy Active Member

    Dec 9, 2002
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    Sennheiser E604

  11. tonio

    tonio Guest

    It may be hard to find a Ev408, the new one is EV468. The D2's are pretty cool, and E604.
    I think the e609 has a more smooth top end. The D2
    sounds similar to the 421, but not as bitting or a lack of a better word/description.
  12. coysoundnyc

    coysoundnyc Guest

    belive it or not, AKG 451 with 10 or 20 db pad !
    that rules.
  13. I like my BLUE Ball for a deep tom tone, especialy floor tom, but it's beyond your budget (which is a moot point anyway, because you've already bought a mic) :)
  14. Doublehelix

    Doublehelix Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2001
    I have heard the D4 and the D1, and was not as impressed as I am with the D2's. The D2's and the D6 are just great drum mics...period!

    I thought I would never say this, but I am beginning to turn to the D2's more often then the MD421!!! This last session there was no doubt that the D2's sounded much better imho then the 421's! Ouch! That hurts to say that!

    Obviously, each kit, style, song and player makes a difference. I have not given up on the 421's, quite the contrary, but it has been a real eye-opener lately to see how Audix has just been stealing my heart (and money!) for drums.

    Now to try their lollypop condensor.... :)
  15. henryrobinett

    henryrobinett Active Member

    Jan 30, 2002
    Well I use the Beta 56 all the time. I too think it's strange nobody talks about them, but I think it's because nobody uses them. They are very good. I've done many recordings with them. No complaints and a lot of compliments. Good sound. Though but because we have them and 421s in the studio already I'm probably going to purchase D2s for toms at home. Maybe SP B1s. I'm still open. I have some Christmas money you see . . .
  16. Davedog

    Davedog Well-Known Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    The Audix drum kit with the D1,D2's, and the D4 at $300 is a great buy! Congratulations! As you get opportunities to use these mics you will find many many more uses for them than is listed in the brochure.In recent sessions, I used the D1 for harmonica.It was as good as any mic I've ever heard on this!Clean and clear yet it had the attitude of your typical harp mic.The D4 is a great mic on bass guitar and guitar cabinets.Very full and ballsy, plus the sensitivity is a bit lower so you can really get it in close.I use the D2 on the upper and lower mic on a leslie.Very nice and its basically an instant sound as it needed nothing but proper placement.The D4 also makes a nice kick drum mic.I use it right on the beater and use an ATM25 out at the edge of the drum and combine the two sounds.It makes it very easy to build a great kick sound with the two.I also use the D2's on top and bottom snare.And as always, the D2's are really good studio and live tom mics and the D4 works really well on a floor tom.
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