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Old 06-19-2008, 08:28 AM
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I need to purchase some microphones for recording, but I really don't know what i'm looking for. I don't have a lot of money to spend only about $150, with cables. I also am not sure if I want to buy drum mics, because I also play guitar and bass, and might want to record those too. I know I'm not gonna get the best sound on my budget but I want it to sound decent. Does anyone have any mic suggestions, or just buying tips (such as frequencies, how do I know if it can handle the volume of the drums, ect.) Thanks
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Old 06-19-2008, 12:26 PM
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Buy a single pair of overheads. AKG C1000 are the ones I will always recommend on a budget, but that is stretching it slightly - look into used ones. You'll have to make sure that any desk you use has phantom power. If that really is too much, just get one overhead - i.e. one AKG C1000, but that won't provide any stereo image. That's a general purpose condenser microphone that will be perfectly happy with guitar amps if you know what you're doing with it. Basically, as far as I see it, there is an order of priority for drum microphones. It goes something like this:

i) Overheads. These will pick up everything and are used as the basis of most sounds.
ii) Bass drum. Sometimes the overheads don't have enough low-end pickup, so you'd need a bass drum microphone just for more punch.
iii) Snare top. Will provide more focus to the snare - but this is largely picked up in the overheads anyway.
iv) Snare bottom. Can add another dimension to the snare sound, making it sound 'bigger'. This is a common technique in studios but less common in home recording because of the associated phase issues, etc.
v) Tom mics. Largely just for providing a little more focus. Toms are always picked up in the overheads.
vi) Extras like room mics or hi hat mics. Room mics can be very useful if you have a good acoustic space. Usually this will be a large diaphragm, omnidirectional condenser of one description or another. Again, this is a more advanced technique.

I prefer to use as few microphones as possible anyway, I like room mics as well. Sometimes a pair of condensers is all you need; but for 'rock' drumming, the low-end of the bass is usually fairly important. Nevertheless, I would recommend looking second hand for either a single or pair of AKG C1000's or Rode NT5's (which are similar in specification). The AKG C1000 can be powered using a 9V battery, which might be important if you haven't got a desk with phantom power.
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Old 06-19-2008, 08:16 PM
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The AKG is $220 for 1 mic. That's way out of my price range. Also I am going into an Alesis usb mixer with phantom power. I have recorded my drums before, but I just used the mics my band had on hand, so I know sort of how to set it up, and that even with crappy mics I can still get it to sound ok. I think last time I recorded I had a snare mic, bass drum, and 2 overhead. But I want it to be as good as possible.
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Old 06-19-2008, 08:26 PM
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Like I said, look second hand. You'll get a lot more for your money.
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Old 06-19-2008, 08:36 PM
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If you're recording try 2 overhead condenser mics and a bass drum mic if you mix it right you'll be surprised how good it sounds.

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Old 06-19-2008, 08:50 PM
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I have been happy with my results using a pair of naiant overheads ($60 a pair)
http://www.naiant.com/studiostore/microphones.html

I posted some examples here:
http://www.drummerworld.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=38647

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Old 06-19-2008, 09:21 PM
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I have been very happy with Behringer ECM8000 condensers for the past five years. I have two of them. They're phantom powered, omnidirectional and designed for sound engineering measurement and a very good bargain at $50 each new. They make great all-around mics for recording, live overhead miking and even vocal/PA applications. They have a very flat frequency response - they don't emphasize low or high tones and what goes into them is exactly what goes into the amp or mixer. These are excellent mics for the price point
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Old 06-19-2008, 10:12 PM
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I have been happy with my results using a pair of naiant overheads ($60 a pair)
http://www.naiant.com/studiostore/microphones.html

I posted some examples here:
http://www.drummerworld.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=38647

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Old 06-21-2008, 08:01 PM
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What do people think of these options for overhead mics for some basic recording of my drumming:

C-2 BEHRINGER STUDIO CONDENSER MICROPHONES: web-link

C1 BEHRINGER MICROPHONE, STUDIO CONDENSER: web-link

C-3 BEHRINGER MICROPHONES, STUDIO CONDENSER: web-link

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