Back at Scott's studio, Charlie puts some popular tom mics to the test!

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The Batmobile - Toms Episode

The Batmobile - Toms Episode

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!

 

 

 

Dynamic Microphones

Shure SM57

Shure SM57

 

 

 

First up is the good ‘ol Shure SM57.

ATM25

ATM25

 

 

 

Audio Technica ATM25

Sennheiser 421 U5

Sennheiser 421 U5

 

 

 

Sennheiser 421 U5

PR 30

PR 30

 

 

 

Our final dynamic mic the Heil Sound PR30

 

 

Condenser Microphones

AKG C414

AKG C414

 

 

 

AKG C414

U87

U87

 

 

 

Neumann U87

CAD M-179

CAD M-179

 

 

 

CAD M-179

MXL V67i

MXL V67i

 

 

 

Our final microphone is the MXL V67i

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