MXL A-5S SNARE DRUM MICROPHONE
There are plenty of ‘do-it-all’ microphones that people use for a range of drum applications in order to get the job done. But, the problem with these microphones is that they are often the same ones being used on guitar amplifiers, as well as a host of other instruments too. So, why would you use a guitar microphone on a drum when both sound sources are vastly different in volume, tone and dynamics? If you really want to do your drum sound justice, then considering a microphone that is designed for the purpose is going to be the best starting point, particularly for the snare drum. That is why the MXL A-5S is such a good addition to any microphone kit, given that it is purposely voiced for a snare sound.
MXL A-5T TOM DRUM MICROPHONE
When you use microphones in a drum kit, the first place to start is with a pair of overhead microphones to capture the stereo spread of the entire kit. This, in theory, should get you a complete sound, with all the drums in the kit falling within the range of these two microphones. But, it is for added definition and depth of frequency response that we will almost always see microphones on all the drums in a kit along with the hi-hats too. But of course, no one microphone is properly suited to the task of capturing every drum’s different characteristics up close, so a different tool is needed for each application. The one drum, or section of drums, that often gets overlooked is the toms, but MXL have changed that with the A-5T dynamic tom drum microphone.
Aston Origin Cardioid Condenser Microphone
Many of you won’t have heard of Aston microphones, and to tell you the truth, I had never actually laid my hands on one until this week. Having spent a little time with their Origin condenser microphone, I can now say that I am glad I got the opportunity. Coming from a small production team in the UK, these microphones are set to change what you think about vocal and instrument recording. You simply need to hear them to know what is on offer.
Audio-Technica AE2300 Instrument Microphone
With such a wide selection of dynamic vocal microphones available for both stage and studio, it seems that the humble instrument microphone often gets overlooked and yet it is just as important as the bold and proud vocal microphone that gets all the attention. One might even say that instrument microphones are more important, as they deliver most of the sound to the audience from a stage. So, maybe it is time to reconsider what you use for you brass, percussion and especially guitar cabinets when looking for a microphone option. Don’t just settle for a spare vocal microphone, a dedicated instrument like the Audio-Technica AE2300 is what your sound deserves.
Samson DK707 7-Piece Drum Mic Kit
I’ve tried and tested a range of Samson microphones over the last ten years. They always deliver good quality microphones for and excellent price, but that doesn’t mean it is always easy to get the setup you need for a specific task at hand, like capturing a complete drum kit. This leads me to introduce the DK707 Drum Mic Kit, which Samson have put together to take out the guesswork when recording or performing with drums.
Sennheiser e935 Dynamic Microphone
There will always be the ‘go to’ microphones that allow you to achieve a decent sound in a range of environments. But, when you are actually looking for definition, clarity and quality in a live performance dynamic vocal microphone, it is hard to go past the e935 from Sennheiser. These German made handheld vocal microphones deliver rugged handling and quality sound in a simple and sleek package that will deliver time and time again.
Neumann KMS105 Condenser Microphone
When you think of quality and excellence in microphone design and performance, I don’t know what comes to mind for you, but for myself, I instantly think of Neumann. The German stalwart of microphone engineering, Neumann continues to deliver microphones of excellence for both studio and stage. With their history in studio microphones, it is no wonder that when they began developing microphones for the stage use that they sought to reproduce that studio quality and clarity in a different environment. Because of this, we are afforded a number of hand-held condenser microphones that surpass the expectations of many users and deliver on results time and time again. That is what the Neumann name is all about and that is just what they have delivered with the KMS105 as I discovered this month.
Shure KSM8/N Dualdyne Dynamic Microphone
One name has been at the forefront of microphone design and use in the live arena for longer than most of our readers have been alive. It’s hard to imagine any musician today not having used a Shure microphone at some point, and quite understandable why so many use them as a regular tool in their live performance rig. With the SM58 being an industry stalwart for vocal performance microphones and the BETA58 taking that sound one step further, Shure have now gone and raised the bar once again with a revolutionary new dual diaphragm design in the KSM8, the first of its kind and a bold step forward in hand-held microphone design.