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Title: A good tom mic?
Post by: trebor_zaid on September 23, 2005, 08:08:46 PM
Yes, yet another freaky email question from me. I have a Ludwig Rocker 2 set that I adore. It's been with me since I was a teen, almost 20 yrs now.

The big toms are easily mic'd with D112's (15" and 18" floor). They sound huge with those mics. I am looking for a good mic for the 8", 10" and 13" toms. I can't seem to get a great sound. I have tried SM57's and 58's and Audix D2's, and they sound good or ok, but I think there is something out there that might sound better. Any suggestions? Thanks for any help

Feet kick ass!!!!!!
Title: Re: A good tom mic?
Post by: josh on September 23, 2005, 08:28:46 PM
Of course, KEL HM-1

for boring, MD-421
Title: Re: A good tom mic?
Post by: bigbone on September 23, 2005, 08:49:02 PM

sennheiser 604    great on 10-12 '' rack toms......
Title: Re: A good tom mic?
Post by: hargerst on September 24, 2005, 01:21:10 AM
We use mainly the 504/604 on the high toms, but sometimes I'll switch over to the Shure SM57's for the high toms.  I like that sound at times.
Title: Re: A good tom mic?
Post by: James Duncan on September 24, 2005, 01:56:03 PM
I'm a fan of the D2's, what was it that you didn't like about them? They really seem to be my go-to high tom mic nowadays.
Title: Re: A good tom mic?
Post by: trebor_zaid on September 24, 2005, 02:59:48 PM
I got wonderful response with the 8" and 10" on the D2. But then lost lows when I put it on my 13". So maybe use a D2 on the 8 and 10, and a different mic on the 13, then D112's on the 15 and 18?

But what on the 13"? An MD421 (yikes, pricey, although I have hear you should at least one in your mic arsenal), a Audix D4, a Shure Beta 98?

What about Shure Beta 98's, anyone ever used them and got good results?
Title: Re: A good tom mic?
Post by: James Duncan on September 25, 2005, 03:15:10 PM
trebor_zaid wrote on Sat, 24 September 2005 13:59


But what on the 13"? An MD421 (yikes, pricey, although I have hear you should at least one in your mic arsenal), a Audix D4, a Shure Beta 98?



I normally use an MD421, although I just picked up a D4, and used it for the first time on a floor tom with excellent results. One tune had a pretty significant low-tom part played throughout the verse, and it really rocked with the D4.

This was my only session with it so far, and it was only a 4-song demo, so I have limited data so far, but I expect that I will be using it again based on my initital results.

I have however used the D2 successfully on toms up to 14"...I prefer the MD421 when things start getting up that big, but the D2 has worked there, and done a fine job.
Title: Re: A good tom mic? try a D4 for a test drive
Post by: theo mack on September 27, 2005, 04:17:46 AM
another vote for the audix D4.
This is a great tom mic.
A/B one with a 421 set to M on a tom. a lot of similar qualities between those two, but the D4 is way easier to place.
I am not a huge fan of the other D series mics on toms.  With the exception of the D4. The D6 is a super kick mic btw.  I mixed the finn bros for a tour and we used a lot of audix mics, (thanks cliff). I think audix has a lot of real winners that are sleepers in the studio world.

Live, the shure b98 d/s micro clamp on condencer, is a standard. It can sound good in the studio too, but it's not what I want to hear.
IMHO, in the studio the 98 is a little noisy and a bit funky in the mids. like a bit of a scoop.
I did read a bob clearmountan (sp)? article a while back where he was tracking with original drum mount sm98 mics with the little pattern adjuster on.  (Yes he does tracking too!)

The D4 in a U suspension clip is really rocking on toms.
If you buy a few mic-ez clips and U suspension clip,s you can clip on to toms with no mechanical coupling. beefy big toms with real solid and eq friendly mids.
Title: Re: A good tom mic?
Post by: trebor_zaid on September 27, 2005, 02:22:58 PM
Will do. Have you heard anything about the CAD TSM411? I couple of replies put this little mic close to the sound quality of a AKG D19? I have a D2 already. What I might do is pick up 2 D4's put them on my 10" and 13" and use the D2 I have, on my 8" tom. Thanks so much for all the great advice.
Title: Re: A good tom mic?
Post by: bigbone on September 27, 2005, 03:21:09 PM
trebor_zaid wrote on Tue, 27 September 2005 19:22

Will do. Have you heard anything about the CAD TSM411? I couple of replies put this little mic close to the sound quality of a AKG D19? I have a D2 already. What I might do is pick up 2 D4's put them on my 10" and 13" and use the D2 I have, on my 8" tom. Thanks so much for all the great advice.



I did try the CAD TSM411 on my floor toms, and it sound pretty good......but the
tone is more like a audio-technica ATM 25.....but i was surprise
with the CAD ................love it