This is the first time I have gotten my hands on any microphones made by Miktek and I have to say, I am mightily impressed by the build quality and the sound you get from these American made tanks. Hailing from Nashville, the team at Miktek Audio should know a thing or two about making and capturing great music, so it just stands to reason that their four piece drum microphone set is going to get a few of you excited.
WHAT’S IN THE BOX?
Packages in a more than sturdy road case you get three Miktek PM10 super cardioid dynamic microphones for use with snares and tom drums and one Miktek PM11 dynamic microphone for use with your kick drum. Along with these, you get three tom mounting arms for placing the PM10s right up close to the skins without the need of additional microphone stands getting in the way. These microphones look great, they are ruggedly constructed with some clever internal shock mounting to reduce unwanted noise coming through the shells and into the capsule. This is an absolute must for all tom mounted drums, but a design feature that isn’t always created to deal with the problem at hand. Miktek have ensured this is dealt with, so the only signal you get is coming from the air in front of the capsule and not the housing behind it.
AND THE SOUND
There are a few words that come to mind instantly: clear; crisp; punchy. These three words sum up the sound of the Mikteks pretty much in a nutshell. They handle exceptionally high SPLs, which is a must for drum microphones. I didn’t feel the need to pad any of the input channels on the console for fear of unwanted distortion from the capsules either. They take the full brunt of the drum’s attack and deliver it to you PA or recording rig just as you would want them to be heard. The initial transient attack of the snare is spot on. It jumps right out of the monitor speakers almost before the drum is even hit, so you do not lose anything in the punch of you drum hits.
The PM11 is a great sounding kick microphone too. It captures plenty of low end, but doesn’t overlook the snap of the beater on the skin, still able to give you a really sharp attack when placed right up close to the skin inside the kick drum. The combination of the PM10s and the PM11 really work quite well together and it is easy to see why you would want to buy these microphones as a kit, for once you got to using one you would want them all. These microphones represent just what most sound engineers are looking for in a drum microphone kit. A sturdy build, direct control over the sound and a really solid reproduction of what the drum is putting out. Give them a try and have a listen to your drum kit in a whole new light.
BY ROB GEE
Distributor: Federal Audio