I'm trying to decide between a few options for stereo pairs that will primarily be used as drum overheads, but sometimes used for my grand piano, other percussion, and marimba/vibes/xylo. Drum OH priority number one, though.Full disclosure: I work for a company that sells AT and Shure. I don't profit from selling their products, but just wanted to let you all know.These mics will be used both in the studio, and live. So I'm looking for something fairly accurate, but with reasonable rejection and off-axis tonal characteristics so they'll work in a live (wedding band) scenario. I tend to dislike hyped sounding mics. They make all my vintage and dark cymbals sound modern, so what's the point? Here are the main options I'm considering.ATM450:I've used these live and love the depth and 3D feel that they give my drums. Price is certainly right too! However I found them a little crunchy in the midrange and wasn't nuts about what they did to hi-hats. Is this something that can be EQ'ed out?AT4041:Haven't used these, but from what I hear, they don't have the midrange crunch. How do they compare to the ATM450?AT4040:Generally a fan of these. Haven't used them much on drums. I wonder about the directivity in a live application. I find myself more and more interested in using ORTF live, and I don't know if an LDC will be suitable here in terms of even HF response, bleed, and off-axis response in this configuration.Shure KSM137:I have never used these, but I seem to remember hearing that they were modelled after a Schoeps, which is why they appeal. I've used CMC6 and vintage CMC5 a few times on piano and chamber music stuff, and was blown away at the transparency and openness. Don't know how either would be on drums though.I appreciate all comments about these mics, and an open to suggestions for over pairs around the 500-600 range. Of course I want to stick with AT and Shure due to the fact that I have dealer pricing available to me.
AT4041:Haven't used these, but from what I hear, they don't have the midrange crunch. How do they compare to the ATM450?
I have 6 ea 4041 and love them. I do not know what "midrange crunch" is but doubt I'd like it on acoustic guitars or mandolins or orchestral section pickup. I think the 4041 is superior to the SM81. We don't have any KSM137 so I can't compare them.
I have two pairs of KSM 137's I bought when they first came out, having had great luck with the 32's. Now that the 141's are out, I'd opt for them over the 137's.That said, I prefer to use a pair of AT 871r's pulled down as tightly as possible onto the kit. Properly positioned, the pair of them and a kick mic are all I usually need.
Thanks Dick. Are you sure you mean 871R? That seems to be a boundary mic.
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