Upgrading my drum mics finally!!!

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Czar of Turd Polish
Member Since: Jun 20, 2006

So I have been using an Audix F series drum mic kit for years now. Not a bad set for the price and have served me well.

I am in the process of upgrading my drum mics and figured I would share my findings.

I now use NT5's on my OH's, beings I don't have a treated room I go recorderman or standard x/y. I love these mics.

I recently picked up two of the Audix D1's which I am using on my snare and high tom. I am doing much less as far as surgical EQ to make things sound good. A small amount of carboard removal and they sound fantastic.

I use the D6 on the kick still as most things I record are on the heavier end of the spectrum. Pretty tough to get a bad sound with this mic.

Anyways, I am picking up a D2 to use on the second rack tom, or in the case of a 4 piece I will use it on the high tome and double mic the snare with D1's.

Am also getting a D4 for the floor tom (and kick when needing a more natural tone). With the joy that the D1's have brought me I am super excited to have all D class mics backed up by the NT5's.

Anyway, I will post some drum samples when I get them in. My neighbor sets his drums up in his living room which is quite large. Just recording in that room alone has brought major improvement to the sound.

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Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Nov 04, 2008 07:15 pm

Sweet, can't wait to hear them. New toys is so much fun sometimes.

Since: Nov 27, 2007

Nov 04, 2008 09:33 pm

yeah man, keen to hear em too.
still dont have any to record our drums yet. been using EZDrummer for song writing.
its just not the same using software.

do you mind if i ask what the setup you are now currently using set you back?

Czar of Turd Polish
Since: Jun 20, 2006

Nov 06, 2008 01:00 pm

You mean the previous setup?

The F series was a 7 mic kit for $300-350 I think (been years). 2 OH's (F15's), Kick (F14), Snare and rack toms (3xF10) and an F12 for the floor tom.

The current Mic setup will run me around $950 and is as follows... (this of course does not cover stands\cables).

D1x2 for snare and high rack tom - $135 off ebay.
D6 for kick - $180 off ebay.
NT5 matched pair for OH's - $300 off ebay.
2xD2 - $190 off ebay.
D4 - $135 off ebay.

I decided to get two 2xD2's along with the D4. They are going to be running me around $315 after shipping from.... Ebay!!! Then I can over\under the snare, and still do a 5 piece kit.

I have never done an under\over snare setup and I imagine the snap\crack\pop will sound glorious!!

Pinnipedal Czar (: 3=
Since: Apr 11, 2004

Nov 06, 2008 01:16 pm

Hell yeah, Cap'n ! Veddy nice setup .

I've only recently started doing the over/under snare thing, and I must say, it is nice to be able to mix in that rattle-trap with the pop of the snare-head to the appropriate proportions .

Don't forget to flip the polarity . : )

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