I'm looking to get some new clip-on tom mics and was just after some suggestions, so what are your favourite mics at the moment? I'll mainly be using them for louder rock/pop music but occasionally Jazz as well. Also what are peoples opinion on the Sennheiser e604 vs. e904?? Worth the extra money?Cheers!
the biggest difference turned out not to be the sound between mics, but the actual placement we use.
Yup. Unfortunately, placement becomes problematic when dealing with your average stick-wielder. Yes, you can get better sound with the mic in just the right place. Will it allow the player to work within his "comfort zone"? Will the mic survive the stick hits?
You are right, but now, looking at the pics I see the difference between e604 placement was even less than I remembered it being. I think the holder design of 604 could be better, it sits too much at the edge giving that timbale-like overtone sound that we need to go in and scoop out. If we would be able to have the mic just-a-bit more on the tom it would make a big difference. I see Audix has a pretty nice tom clamp if you buy a kit of mics, does it give a better control over where you can set the mic on a drum?
Use the e905 That's my go to on top and any decent sdc on the under mic.
the only change i would make: a D3 on the bottom
Oh, and for snare mic position, I got my favorite from an old studio cat. Unorthodox and all the drummers seem to want to "fix" it for me, but it goes out on the edge of the rim, almost touching. The mic aims straight across the head with the capsule split in half (top/bottom) by the top edge of the rim. Seems to capture a near perfect snare sound without many of the funky resonances and it nicely balances the volume between stick hits and cross sticking.
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