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: files.me.com/scotbox/6o7clq 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: Kick 1. 421 2. 2. ATM25 Snare 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: ATM25 ATM250DE cond + dynamic Snare: MXL V67 card MXL V67 hypercard AKG451B -20 with 150hz roll off Rack Tom: AKG451B Audio Technica250DE cond + some dynamic Kick: 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 OH: 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.