Re: Best way to use Shure 57-52 drum mic kit?
You are using the mics correctly, you just need to pick up a couple of compressors to use as overheads.
For smaller gigs you can use the 57 and 52 to just mic the kick and snare. For larger outdoor gigs you can try and move 2 of the 57s to the top and use them for overheads while still micing the snare and kick. I have found however that 57s are lacking as overheads due to their more unidirectional nature and the fact that as standard dynamic mic they dont pick up cymbal decay as well as compressors.
You can get decent compressor mics for pretty cheap, just remember that you will likely need phantom power for any compressor mic so make sure your board can support.