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Old 04-26-2006, 09:43 PM
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Default Drum kit overhead Mics

I'm on a very slim budget and have no top quality mics for overheads like 414's. Any ideas what I can use to get that clean crisp sound that overheads can produce? Most of my mics are sm57 & 58.

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Old 04-26-2006, 09:58 PM
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Rode NT4 or NT5's. I've got some great results with them and they clock in around $400. Also look at SE mics or even MXL's. On a budget all of the above will work well. Good luck.
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Old 04-27-2006, 12:44 AM
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Rode NT5's.
That, or the Oktava 012 which has multipattern option.
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Old 04-27-2006, 06:44 AM
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Anything that is a condenser mic...
It is easy to find a decent condenser that is inexpensive these days

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Old 04-27-2006, 07:32 AM
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I just assisted on a session with Kevin Breit & The Sisters Euclid, guitar player on Norah Jones's first two CD's, at a great music studio in downtown Toronto. All four toms were miced with 414s and the only mic used for the cymbals/overhead was the Shure VP88 coincident stereo mic and it sounded absolutely amazing. I don't know the price offhand but it has all kinds of features including a MS setting as well. Totally impressed with this mic!!!
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Old 04-27-2006, 08:08 AM
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VP88 is very nice, unless you want a spaced pair configuration for your overheads, which I really like, especially for heavy-hitting rock and metal.
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Old 04-27-2006, 09:55 AM
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Shure SM81. Actually, a fine mic, for about $350.
http://www.shure.com/microphones/models/sm81.asp
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Anything that is a condenser mic...
Except AKG C3000 will not work well, and neither does Shure KSM44. Also you want to avoid anything Sennheiser has to offer, and probably will do yourself a big favor if you skip the Behringer cheapos. It doesn't magically make a mic good if it's a condenser. In fact, I'd be happier with a pair of SM57 dynamics compared to anything that I mentioned earlier in this post.

For a small budget, IMO the best choices are Rode NT5 and Oktava 012 (but be sure to get original russian mics and not chinese copies).
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Old 04-27-2006, 11:14 AM
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I have a pair of AKG C1000'S I use as Overhead Mic's and they sound great. Audio Technica has a new mic out called the AT2020. It's getting great reviews and street price is around $100. You could easily afford two of these. Hope this helps.
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Old 04-27-2006, 11:18 AM
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I got a pair of AKG C1000's for about $300 from Guitar Center (aka Musicians Friend) about a year ago.

I think it was some kind of deal where the web site offered a special package set deal, and the store didn't have the "set", but matched the price on 2 seperate mics.

I think they are great for doing xy stereo micing.
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