Drum Overheads - Is There an SM81 Killer Out There? Next Last. Mid range pres are fine these days, and the noise floor trade-off is worth the tone for most situations. The thing with ribbons is that they (especially inexpensive ones) are low output and require a lot of clean gain, something inexpensive interfaces and boards don't really have. Which would you recommend for drum overheads in a good sounding but small room? Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri 7:30AM - 11:30PM (EST). Not sure, either TC20 or TC 30. They can still be bought 2nd hand and come with a shock mount. Shure Small-Diaphragm Condenser Microphones. But is it really that bad. You must log in or register to reply here. Regardless, the LAST thing you wanna go cheap is on the Achilles heel of audio. But we’ll talk about overhead primarily because that’s what it’s mainly known for. Best Use: Drum Overheads, Hi Hats, Snare, Percussion, Cymbals. I need one pair of mics that can do it all do it really well. Recording loud drums so I'm leaning on the earthworks which have a SPL of 145db Currently I'm using SM81's and wanted to know if anyone has any comparison to the earthworks. A Rode M5 on the hi-hats from below with an Audix ADX-51 on top. Use what you already have and spend LOTS and LOTS of time experimenting with their placement and LISTEN to the differences. I really like large diaphragms on drum overheads (which is what the TL's are); Josephson c42's and Beyer MC930 are great choices for SDC's in this price range. Thread starter shiek_yerbouti; Start date Jan 28, 2020; Prev. Show Printable Version; Email this Page… 03-30-2006 #1. farewellending. Sign in to disable this ad which do you prefer, if not these, what others. Split your cost over a number of months using your own payment card. I have not considered any ribbon mics because I always thought they are more delicate. Not really cheaper but the Beyerdynamic MC-930 are my go to overhead. You can use them as OH, vocal, guitr amp, (grand/upright) piano and much more. You'd be surprised at they can do. I have done a bunch of "blind" testing of overheads in my home studio - SM81's AT4033, AT4050, AT3035. For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding. But in a loud studio or stage environment, the backside bleed can be extreme. Moderator. I've got a Beta 52 just inside the kick and an SM57 on top of the snare. The Shure SM81 pair can be similarly found in studios all over the world, and the mic is a particular favorite thanks to its detailed and clear sound. So don't put them in a kick port. Still this thread has given me a few things to look at in case I ever get back into gigging. For mics with an obtainable cost, I prefer the Beyerdynamic MC-930's over the Octava 0-12's. All get wired to a Soundcraft MXFi-16 mixer tied to a Tascam SD-20M recorder. Did you? Joined Jan 20, 2010 Messages 2,762 Reaction score 444 Location Boston. 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Tuned drums comes in mighty close . The SM81 is an industry standard for high hats. Microphone PLACEMENT is key. I begged, borrowed and rented just about everything in the workingman's spectrum. zZounds.com. Recording in a room with low ceilings (8'). These would be purchased mainly for drum overheads so flexibility isn't an issue. I think that ADK TL's are the best in this $$ category. The sm81 has a very flat frequency response and this makes the mic useful for a lot of acoustic instruments. Listen, listen and listen to placement. (42) Read 5 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product I record in MY living room. Shure SM81-LC. GS67 Audix D2 on each rack tom. Whether used for acoustics, strings, pianos, or as drum overheads, the Shure SM81-LC has proven its worth time and again. 19 of 20 people (95%) people found this review helpful. I'm using the Glyn Johns method for the set up and I don't like sizzle or bright drums, but I do like punch and snap. ? The Shure SM81 is a high-quality, unidirectional condenser microphone designed for studio recording, broadcasting, and sound reinforcement. A temporary customer reference number is assigned to each customer only while they are shopping on A ten-dollar sound starts with a lousy ten dollar cable. I'm still up … Thread Tools. Mogami and Canare with Neutrik connectors rule here. I use a pair of Josephson c42's for overheads, and they sound great. View Profile View Forum Posts View Articles Junior Member Join Date Feb 2006 Posts 98 Thanks 0 Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts Rep Power 15. drum overheads... SM81 or AKG 451? for us to answer any questions you have about products, services or purchases. A classic small-diaphragm cardioid condenser microphone, the Shure SM81 captures drum overheads, piano, and any acoustic source with detailed accuracy. Thread: drum overheads... SM81 or AKG 451? JavaScript is disabled. Am I wrong about ribbon mics being more delicate? The MOST IMPORTANT thing that is always missed. I have played with many other fine microphones, but none are a substitute. I have great dynamic control in my drumming. Jan 29, 2020 #21 drummertom Moderator. The 0-12's do grab more of the ambient room which can be desirable too. A 3-position highpass filter switch and lockable -10dB pad round out the SM81’s robust features. Big open sound, and are a huge step up from NT5's IME (and 414 B-ULS for that matter). The friggin cables! For my two overheads the Audix ADX-51 and a pair of the Rode NT-1 for room mics fit perfectly for what I want recorded in MY living room.

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