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We have the best selection of microphones and audio equipment to bring your talent to the audience. Check out our drum mics for sale. Don’t go to Amazon, Sam Ash or Guitar Center, talk to a drummer who’s actually used these products! We offer many different brands of mic sets - anything for your studio or your live setup! We have bass drum mics, snare drum mics, and entire kit mics! Most of the drum mic sets come with a snare drum mic, a bass drum mic, and then a few overheads. These need to draw on phantom power, something to check out! It comes from your recording device (or whatever is powering your mics).
Some mic sets come with enough dynamic mics that you can mic each tom. This is great when you want to record, so you can isolate and hear each tom drum separately. We are happy to offer Shure mics. Shure mics offer several different levels from high end to sets and kits that are a little more cheap. Shure makes the famous vocal mic, the SM58. To pick up other instruments, Shure offers the SM57. These are the classic industry standard microphones, and we here at MyMusicSupply are happy to carry them! The SM57 is one of the most popular microphones out there for recording a guitar amp.
Sometimes, when an amp doesn’t have a recording out, or you’d really like to record the warmth of your amp, you’re going to want to mount a mic in front of the amp to pick up that tone. You want it about halfway between the center and the edge, with the mic tip pointed directly at the center of the speaker. A mic that’s closer to the amp will have more bass tones, and one that’s further away will have less bass response. Placing a microphone a little closer to the center of the speaker will give you a little more midrange, and a little farther away from the center will give you more high end and low end tones.
Set Up Your Drum Mic ProperlyYou want to make to make sure the amp isn’t too loud, you want to avoid any clipping. There’s a lot of small adjustments you can do to pick up that perfect recording tone, and we can work with you to get you the perfect microphone for your setup! You can use drum mics for recording your drumset. You will generally want to have as many drum mics as possible! You want to have a mic on your bass drum, one to pick up the snare drum and hi hat, and one on each tom tom.
Additional Drum Mic Ideas For You
You’re also going to want to have a couple of overhead mics! These will try to pick up a combination of everything. These are generally connected to a mixer of some type, and then recorded.
Generally, for single drums (not the overheads) and guitar and bass amps, you’re going to want to use a dynamic microphone. These are a little less sensitive and a little more durable than condenser mics. They use a coil’s movement to form a magnetic field. The microphone responds to pressure from sound waves to move that coil. Shure, AKG, and Samson microphones all have great dynamic mic options. These tend to be a little less expensive than other models, which is good since a good studio will have several of these! Check out our mic kits and mic bundles to see all of your options if you need a few.
For drummers who want to capture overhead sounds from the kit, you’re going to want to go with a condenser mic (or two). These are very sensitive microphones that need a little bit of extra power - often called phantom power on your mixer. Condenser mics have a backplate and a small diaphragm that vibrates in response to sound waves. Most drumset mic kits come with two of these, along with several dynamic mics. These can either be tube or solid-state mics.
Microphones For A Variety Of UsesWe don’t just carry mics for drummers! We also carry mics for vocals, amps, or any other instrument that needs to be recorded. These can be used in tandem with a mixer, either live or in the studio. We may even have used mics and mic kits, so give us a call to check our selection! There are even options for USB microphones these days! You can plug these mics directly into your laptop or desktop computer and record into any software you like. These generally function just like any other microphone, and it’s just the connection that sets it apart.
Pick The Right Mic For Your Needs
When you’re picking a microphone, the other thing you want to take into account is the shape of the sound profile. In other words, different mics pick up audio from different physical directions. Take, for example, the Cardioid pattern. This type of microphone is really good at picking up only sound coming from right in front of it, without picking up anything from the sides or behind it. This is really good for a live recording situation when you don’t want other instruments to bleed over into other mics. This also fights against feedback.
There are also Hypercardioid and Supercardioid mics that are even more directionally-sensitive. Some of these are difficult to use because some do have rear lobes that may pick up unwanted ambient sounds. If, on the other hand, you want to pick up atmospheric or ambient noise, an omnidirectional mic is perfect! It’s the opposite of a Cardioid - it picks up the same amount of sound from any direction. You’re going to pick up everything around, but at least you don’t have to spend any time fiddling with this one. A figure-8 microphone picks up sounds coming directly in front of an behind the mic, but nothing from the sides.