Drum Microphones

Drum Microphones come in all shapes and sizes, each with their own unique characteristics to capture different parts of the drum kit. Dynamic and Condenser microphones are the most common types of microphone used to capture drums. Dynamic microphones offer a good mid-range frequency response and will often be used on the Snare, Toms, and Kick Drum, and their rugged build makes them strong enough to survive the occasional miss-hit. Condenser Microphones are often used as room mics or overheads to capture the wide frequency range of the cymbals and the ambience of the live room. They are generally more sensitive and fragile, and often come with a ‘pad’ switch to attenuate high sound levels.

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About Drum Microphones

Mic’ing up a drum kit can be one of the most difficult tasks an engineer can face – thankfully, with the right microphone, the job can become much easier. Traditionally, a drum kit is mic’d up with a mic on the kick, snare, hi-hat and two overhead mics for the cymbals and toms. However, as with all mic applications, there is no rule to this. For achieving certain sounds, engineers may prefer to add specific tom microphones, or further room mics to capture ambience. Many manufacturers make drum mic sets that consist of the essential mics. The Shure PGDMK6 Drum Microphone Kit provides three PG56 snare/tom mics, a PG52 kick mic and two PG81 overhead mics.

The AKG D112 dynamic mic is a studio favourite for handling the high-pressure of a kick drum and is also available at Gear4music.com

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