? Past that, they're pretty durable. For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding. 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. I have three of these, as in addition to micing hats, they also make excellent overheads. Shure SM81-LC. Recording in a room with low ceilings (8'). What gave ME what I wanted in MY living room was Rode and Audix microphone gear. Whether used for acoustics, strings, pianos, or as drum overheads, the Shure SM81-LC has proven its worth time and again. I use a pair of Josephson c42's for overheads, and they sound great. Really nice sounding mic. I use a pair of Josephson c42's for overheads, and they sound great. A Rode M5 on the hi-hats from below with an Audix ADX-51 on top. Mogami and Canare with Neutrik connectors rule here. For mics with an obtainable cost, I prefer the Beyerdynamic MC-930's over the Octava 0-12's. From RadioShack to Royers. That'll save you a ton of money. The Shure SM81 is a high-quality, unidirectional condenser microphone designed for studio recording, broadcasting, and sound reinforcement. Which would you recommend for drum overheads in a good sounding but small room? I need one pair of mics that can do it all do it really well. A Rode M5 on the hi-hats from below with an Audix ADX-51 on top. Little or no EQ and no compression. Ribbons, especially old designs, can't do gusts of air. The MOST IMPORTANT thing that is always missed. A ten-dollar sound starts with a lousy ten dollar cable. Tuned drums comes in mighty close . I will use these for live overheads as well as home studio. Use what you already have and spend LOTS and LOTS of time experimenting with their placement and LISTEN to the differences. Shure SM81 Microphone Pros See more product details on Amazon. Listen, listen and listen to placement. Consider the place you are recording in FIRST!! Next Last. I'm digressing toward more recording based and more expensive than The Shure. I record in MY living room. All get wired to a Soundcraft MXFi-16 mixer tied to a Tascam SD-20M recorder. Big open sound, and are a huge step up from NT5's IME (and 414 B-ULS for that matter). I'll be damned (some people will laugh, others will scowl) if my lowly Apex 435's don't win the blind tests every time. First Prev 2 of 3 Go to page. What's your actual budget and are you looking for 2 or 3 mics? I have done a bunch of "blind" testing of overheads in my home studio - SM81's AT4033, AT4050, AT3035. Audix D4 on the floor toms and a D6 with Rode M5 on the Bass drum. I love the older KSM127 mics. Compare price @ Amazon or Sweetwater. I've got more money in top quality cabling than on stinking microphones. Extremely robust, it really can take the abuse which comes with life on the road, and even the occasional off target attack from an enthusiastic drummer's stick. Shure includes very useful specifications and you can find micing tips on-line. Go. Jan 29, 2020 #21 drummertom Moderator. Shure SM81 Cardioid Condenser Microphone A classic small-diaphragm cardioid condenser microphone, the Shure SM81 captures drum overheads, piano, and any acoustic source with detailed accuracy. 19 of 20 people (95%) people found this review helpful. from in back. Rode M5 on the snare. They can still be bought 2nd hand and come with a shock mount. Tighter and less low end and a little more accurate to my ear. Moderator. 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. Split your cost over a number of months using your own payment card. it's kinda like your favorite pizza. 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. Not sure, either TC20 or TC 30. Did you? The 0-12's do grab more of the ambient room which can be desirable too. there's all kinds but you know exactly the one that satisfies you every time. Recording in a room with low ceilings (8'). I have great dynamic control in my drumming. A thousand dollar microphone becomes a piece of junk with a lousy cable attached to it. Thread starter shiek_yerbouti; Start date Jan 28, 2020; Prev. Looking at getting a matched set of earthworks. This workhorse mic has a switchable low cut and 10 dB pad, and of course, includes a clip, windscreen, and case. Obviously they are ribbon so I don't know how the figure-8 would do live, but for recording I haven't found anything I like better. JavaScript is disabled. The sm81 has a very flat frequency response and this makes the mic useful for a lot of acoustic instruments. What do you think it is about the Apex 435’s that it wins against such more expensive mics? Still this thread has given me a few things to look at in case I ever get back into gigging. The friggin cables! You can have the most costly microphones in the world and they will suck if your recording place isn't set up for them. A lower end mic well placed will beat a high end piece placed in a lousy position. If you do not have an account simply enter a user name and password to create one. But in a loud studio or stage environment, the backside bleed can be extreme. They'll work, there's just a chance that you'll have more background hiss than you're used to if you're going into a budget preamp. Audix D2 on each rack tom. This is fine (even desirable) if you’re recording just drums. (Almost all) Ribbons are figure 8. Tons of bang for your hard-earned dollars. You can also use it for hi hats, percussion, and even snare. Too many folks hear and not LISTEN. Thread: drum overheads... SM81 or AKG 451? Best Use: Drum Overheads, Hi Hats, Snare, Percussion, Cymbals. These would be purchased mainly for drum overheads so flexibility isn't an issue. Secondly, top grade microphone cables. The SM81 is an industry standard for high hats. 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I haven't gigged anywhere big enough that I've needed an overhead live in quite a while, but for recording I use a pair of Cascade Fathead II (with the Lundahl transformers, totally worth it) and I LOVE the sound. 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. Shure Small-Diaphragm Condenser Microphones. Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri 7:30AM - 11:30PM (EST). Not really cheaper but the Beyerdynamic MC-930 are my go to overhead. I have played with many other fine microphones, but none are a substitute. 1; 2; 3; Next. Show Printable Version; Email this Page… 03-30-2006 #1. farewellending. The sm81 is a little punchier than the cemc6 though, in the mid-range. Drum Overheads - Is There an SM81 Killer Out There?

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