Epic Drum Mic Shootout

Discussion in 'In the Studio' started by El Borrachito, Jul 22, 2010.

    Jul 22, 2010
  1. El Borrachito Premier Staff

    On Friday Charlie Waymire, Tyler Walton, and I did an epic drum mic shootout.

    The audio files (48k .wav) can be downloaded as a .zip archive here:

    The kit was positioned at the far end on my 10’x19’ studio. The ceiling vaults from 8’ to 12’ at the peak.

    In the interest of being scientific, we tried to position all of the mics as similarly as possible.
    All recordings were made with a Millennia HV-3D directly in to Pro Tools HD at 24bit 96K. No compression or other processing was added.








    Things we learned:
    All types of Shure 57s sound totally different.
    There are lots of reasonably priced great-sounding mics out there.
    Audix mics totally suck.
    Charlie can eat a whole bowl of mini-candy bars in one evening.

    These were my favorites:

    1. 421
    2. 2. ATM25

    1. SM57 Unidyne III
    2. ATM25
    3. MXL Fox

    Rack Tom
    1. 421
    2. ATM25
    3. MXL Fox

    Floor Tom
    1. ATM25
    2. MXL Fox

    Mono Overhead
    1. MXL Revelation - figure 8
    2. Audio Technica 4047
    3. 3. AKG 452EB

    Stereo Overhead
    1. AKG 451B-452EB
    2. Audio Technica 4050

    Stereo Room
    1. Audio Technica 4050 –ms
    2. MXL V76N – spaced omni
    3. AKG 451B-452EB – xy

    Mono Room
    1. Pearlman TM1 – omni
    2. Audio Technica 4047
    3. MXL V87

    Here are Tyler's picks:

    Floor Tom:
    ATM250DE cond + dynamic

    MXL V67 card
    MXL V67 hypercard
    AKG451B -20 with 150hz roll off

    Rack Tom:
    Audio Technica250DE cond + some dynamic

    421 in/out
    ATM25 in
    ATM250DE cond + dyn in hole
    MXL A-55

    Mono RM:
    Pearlman TM1 card

    Mono OH:
    AKG451B -10
    AKG452 card
    MXL V87

    Audio Technica 4050

    Sterio RM:
    MXL V89xy

    Overall, I liked the MXL's as overheads and stereo room mics, thought they sounded pretty good on the drums too. The Audio Technica's were very solid too.

    Thanks to Charlie, Tyler, and Mr. Wein for their assistance in this noble endeavor.

  2. Jul 22, 2010
  3. Mark Wein :mad:

    Thats killer. Tyler put the clips in iTunes on the studio machine here..I'm going to go listen in a bit.

    And yeah, the Audix mics that I sent up are pretty lame.
  4. Jul 22, 2010
  5. T-BoneBarnet Kick Henry Jackassowski

    Interesting to see the MXL mics make the list. I was looking into these at one point.
  6. Jul 22, 2010
  7. Mark Wein :mad:

    Apparently Charlie is really into those.

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