Back at Scott's studio, Charlie puts some popular tom mics to the test!
Charlie is playing a Pearl Reference Series kit, a.k.a. The Batmobile, and it’s outfitted with Remo Clear Emperors on top and Evans EC Resos on the bottom. The kick drum has an Evans GMAD on the batter side and a Remo Ebony Ambassador on the resonant side. The snare is a Gretsch 6×14 US Maple with topped off with an Evans G2. The crash cymbals are Paiste 602s accompanied by 14″ Dark Energy hi-hats.
There are lots of mic choices and opinions on micing toms. Charlie will show you where to start, how to adjust for attack and tone, and compare several popular dynamic microphones as well as condenser microphones. Our mic setup consisted of a spaced pair of Audio Technica 4050s for overheads, an SM57 on the snare and a Beta 57 on the kick. Now lets check out the tom mics!
First up is the good ‘ol Shure SM57.
Audio Technica ATM25
Sennheiser 421 U5
Our final dynamic mic the Heil Sound PR30
Our final microphone is the MXL V67i