In this lesson we will look at some mics that
work well for recording drums.
In this video, all the mics im using on my kit (except for the overheads) are “dynamic mics”, which means they will instantly work once plugged into the mixing desk. So they don’t need power from a battery or external power source. My overhead NT4 however, is an active/powered mic. For it to work, it needs a 9V battery inside.
Make sure that all your drum mics are high SPL – Sound Pressure Level. If you’re unsure if the mic you intend to buy is right for micing up drums, do your own research or check with the sales assistant. You definitely don’t want to buy the wrong mic, damage it, and void your warranty by using it in the wrong application.
Im using Shure SM 57’s on my snare and hihats. A 57 is a cardiod mic, which means its polar or pickup pattern its 180 dregree spread from the mic. My bass drum mic is a hyper-cardiod mic, which means the pickup pattern is much narrower, picking up less from the sides and more from the front. If you had a super cardio mic, ie a shotgun mic, that would only pic up directly in front and absolutely nothing to the sides.
The reason a bass mic is larger than the rest, is that in order to pick up low end frequencies clearly, the mic needs a larger diaphragm.