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Old 10-01-2016, 10:07 AM
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Hey guys,

I am building up an aresnal of mics to record drums. I am kind of torn on what to get for toms.

I'm kind of in the $100-300 range per mic.

I'm kind of deciding between the following:

Shure Beta 98
Shure Beta 56
Sennheiser MD 421

Any thoughts?

Thanks!
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Old 10-01-2016, 11:23 AM
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Md 421
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421.

Though a ton of records have been sold using the old Shure 57.
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The 421 is certainly a rock-solid choice(and much better IMHO than all the Shure mics, which I am very familiar with). You should also audition a couple of surprise contenders for toms in the Miktek PM11(their "kick" mic that actually kills on floor tom) and the Audix D6 which is now my favorite rack tom mic. Sennheiser e604 and 904 are another option that work very nicely. I also like the Miktek PM10, but the PM11 and D6 are the keepers for me
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Thanks guys.

Albee, do you like the d6 on small rack toms too?

I do have a d6 that I plan to use on kick.
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So - is there a good way to audition mics without buying them first? Do music stores rent very specific mics to try out?

Since I'm a home studio, I don't really know how to get my hands on "good" mics to see what I like Mostly, I'm just getting my first set of mics based on recommendations.
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Default Re: Which tom mics?

Everyone seems to gravitate to the Sennheiser MD421.

I've used that, I've also used Audio Technica ATM450s, AKG414s,
Audix d6s, Shure Beta52s, Shure57s, and others.

So, it really, in the end, does not matter.

As long as you hit within your budget, you should be ok.
As long as you realize that tom transients (the initial hit sound) can be very loud, and you get a mic that can handle that loudness (140dB or more) then you should be ok.

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For toms I use CAD E100. I have 3 of the original E100, but the current E100S is also getting good reviews:

http://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/cad-equitek-e100s
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I got myself some MD421
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I got myself some MD421
Lots of money, but as I said....you can't go wrong
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