Rode NT5 mics as drum kit overheads

Discussion in 'Room & Overhead' started by RockHarlem, Mar 15, 2005.

  1. RockHarlem

    RockHarlem Guest

    how do the Rode NT5 condensers fare as drum kit overhead mics?
     
  2. mchakravarty

    mchakravarty Guest

    Rode NT5

    A true matched pair with tight cardioid pickup. This pair provides a very realistic stereo image in both X-Y as well as spaced configurations. When used within 2 ft (overhead) provides realistic punchy toms and snare pickup and clean cymbals. Even when used as the only drum recording option picks up the kick sound rather well.
     
  3. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

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    Great! I use them to replace a pair of AKG C451EB's that were
    stolen from me several years ago. I use them on jazz drummer
    Les DeMerle's set of Pearls and on rock jamband drummers-awesome!
     
  4. o2x

    o2x Active Member

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    I've used 'em. Think they're funky.
     
  5. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

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    "Funky"? As in, "That drummer can get downright
    funky!" ( this is good). Or, "That drummers' girlfriend
    smells funky" ( not good). Which?
    The NT5s are a fine mic, but like all mics, placement is key.
    So is the way that the drummer plays. The drummer MUST
    play the way he/she wants to sound. If the Rodes are placed
    with enough space between them (as a stereo pair),you
    can get a very good sound from them.If they are too far from the
    kit, and/or too close together, you can get some bad phase
    shifting that will yield less-than-ideal results. Properly
    spaced, they can help open up the kit and let it get...
    FUNKY!!! PEACE.
     
  6. o2x

    o2x Active Member

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    funky = :D
     
  7. andershoeg

    andershoeg Guest

    Hey there! I have a pair of NT5's, using them for overheads. Though I do not have THAT much experience in the recording field, I do feel that these mics do a pretty good job! Cannot describe it, but they definitely sounds great! You can have a listen to my bands latest promo at http://www.frangoheep.dk . I used them for overheads on that recording. Maybe that can help you.
    B.R.
    andershoeg
     
  8. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for your input. I have also used mine for stereo mic'ing choirs, a Yamaha C-7 grand piano, and at least a dozen different stringed instruments ( mandolin, 5-string banjo, Martins, Taylors,Doves, Hummingbirds, and more...). Not to mention small percussion, vibes, and rainsticks. I call them my "poor man's KM84..."
     

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