Do you know what the latest thing in drum recording is? It’s making the kit sound like a cohesive instrument recorded in a real space, not just a bunch of drums recorded in a dead space with each drum processed with different effects. That sound is why real drums have been replaced in recordings with electronic drums – and why rock drums have never been the same since the days of The Who and Led Zeppelin – when a drum kit was recorded with three mics instead of seven. If you want to give your recordings the sound of live, cohesive drums with the feeling of being there, then the Earthworks 3 Microphone DrumKit™ System is for you.
Exceptional Clarity and Cohesiveness
The typical practice of miking drums is to use a separate mic for most elements of the drum set, along with two overhead mics. This normally involves the use of five to seven microphones or more. While developing a new 25kHz Series of microphones for percussion, Earthworks went into the studio to try them out. They only used two mics for overheads and one for kick drum. Then they made a comparative recording of the same drum set using seven other mics that are some of the industry favorites for miking drums. In comparing these two recordings, the difference in detail and sound quality of the three Earthworks mics vs. the seven industry favorites was staggering. The Earthworks microphones captured every nuance of sound from each piece of the drum set with such an exceptional clarity and cohesiveness, that it sounded like a live set of drums, not a bunch of pieces. This discovery led to the development of the innovative DrumKit System, providing a “dramatic improvement” in the sound quality of miked drums. When we heard the DK25/R DrumKit™ System, it absolutely blew us away!
Three DrumKit™ Microphones
The Earthworks DK25/R DrumKit™ System is for recording and has two TC25 omnis for overheads, an SR25 cardioid for kick drum, a KickPad™ and a windscreen. The Earthworks DK25/L DrumKit™ System is for live performances and has two SR25 cardioids for overheads, an SR25 cardioid for kick drum, a KickPad™ and a windscreen. The Earthworks DrumKit™ System comes in an durable aluminum carrying case. The patented cardioid pattern on the SR25 provides a more uniform off-axis response and less susceptibility to acoustic feedback. Also available is the DK50/R, our premium DrumKit™ for recording, which comes with 2 QTC50 omnis for overheads, an SR30 cardioid for kick drum, a KickPad™, 3 LevelPads™, 1 stainless steel windscreen, 3 foam windscreens and comes housed in a Zero/Halliburton carrying case.
A good kick drum microphone needs to be designed and optimized for that specific purpose. This means the microphone is great for kick drum and nothing else. Therefore we designed the kick drum optimization in an external XLR package – the KickPad™. Just plug the KickPad™ into the mic line going to the SR25™ kick drum mic for magnificent results. With the KickPad™ removed, you can use the same SR25 for most anything.
All three high quality Earthworks microphones in the DK DrumKit™ Systems will provide stunning results on a wide variety of instruments and vocals. As an added bonus, the KickPad™ will improve the sound of other popular microphones used for kick drum.
Tom & Snare Miking
The DP30/C gooseneck condenser microphone for your snare and toms will add incredible detail and clarity to your recorded or live drum sound. Designed to capture all the subtleties and nuances of your drums, while being rugged enough to take a direct hit, the Earthworks DP30/C will change the way you think about miking your toms and snare. Combining a detailed and pure sound with a design that lets you get the microphone exactly where you want it and stays put, you will finally get worry-free miking coupled with pristine sound quality.
Rugged Enough to Take a Direct Hit
The DP30/C was engineered to give you incredible drum sounds in the studio and on stage—and tough enough to withstand the inevitable stray hits from your drumsticks. Now you can get your microphone placed exactly where you want it and get worry-free drum miking without sacrificing your sound.
Goes exactly where you need it, and stays put
Thanks to its small right angle mic head and flexible gooseneck, you can get the DP30/C exactly where you want it. What’s more? The drum mic will not move when the drums are hit hard thanks to the stiff gooseneck.