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Old 05-22-2012, 12:27 AM
falcifer falcifer is offline
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I'm hoping to get some opinions on a few mics;

Firstly, I should say that I don't own any recording equipment or mics; I'm just looking and getting ideas for the future at the moment. Most of what I know is based on gathering info from various forums and websites on the subject.

1. I've read that the Sennheiser MD421 is better at picking up the low end and so is a good mic for the floor tom(s), but the price of it puts it way above the SM57s (my choice for rack toms). Is the price worth it or will the SM57 be good enough?

2. I notice that a lot of people agree on the SM57 for the snare and the D112 or the Beta 52 for the kic, but overheads are not so narrow in terms of the choices that people make. I managed to narrow my choices down to three, based primarily on them having similar price ranges: AKG C451B, Oktava MK-012 and Rode NT55. Anyone have experience with (preferably all of) them? I'd be interested in knowing how they compare.

If it makes a difference, I'd be using the overheads to capture some of the overall sound of the kit, not just for the cymbals. On the scale of "drums" to "cymbals" it would be more towards the cymbal side of things, but I do want to capture some of the drums, too.

3. How important is it to have a matched pair of overheads? I'm sure I'll end up buying a matched pair anyway, but I'm curious to know if it's really vital. What possible effects would there be in buying two separate mics of the same make and model without them being "matched"?

Thanks in advance for any information on any of the above!
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