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Whats the best kind of drum mics for recording and live shows?
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donakmax
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« on: July 11, 2010, 04:38:45 AM »

I'm currently looking at some 'CAD Premium 7-Piece Drum Microphone Pack' on musician friend, and they look like a good deal. I'm also looking for something under $200 that works really good for live shows and recording.
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mariojuk
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« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2010, 12:49:23 AM »

That CAD set should work well for everything. Here is a great free book on recording drums:
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« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2010, 10:35:33 PM »

When you say "live shows" are you talking about the kind of "concert tapes" I make and put them up on archive.org?  If that's what you mean then read below.  If that's not what you mean... never mind.

Whatever mics the CAD kit includes for overheads... they are probably cardioid condenser mics... you can try them for recording live shows from the room (like tapers do).  A lot of the mics that us tapers use are recommended for overhead drums, or acoustic guitar micing.  So if the CAD kit includes a set of overhead condensers, try them.  They might sound sweet, or they might not, you won't know until you try them.

It you want to get mics which tapers typically use, I would suggest Studio Projects C4's (pencil mics - newer ones are black and come with 3 sets of caps, older ones were silver and have 2 sets of caps, either is fine).  Another great pair of mics for the money are ADK A-51's... they are Large Diaphragm, side address, so they are kind of big, but they sound great for the money, and I believe the ADK custom shop is unloading a bunch of older inventory for about $75 each on Ebay.  I have a pair and use them quite a bit.  They would normally sell for about $250 each.
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