Audio Samples: Drums

Hear comparative recordings of Earthworks microphones on drums.

DK25/R Recording DrumKit System

You will hear two comparative recordings of a set of drums miked with two different sets of microphones.

1st – a drum set miked with 7 popular microphones; 2-AKG 300 cardioids for overheads, 2-Sennheiser 421s on toms, Shure SM57 on snare, Shure SM81 on hi-hat and an Audix D-6 on kick drum

2nd – the same drum set miked with 3 Earthworks microphones: 2-TC25 omnis for overheads and 1-SR25 cardioid with KickPad™ on kick drum

(there is a short blank space between each recorded segment)

Comparative Recording

Drum set recorded with 7 conventional microphones, then Earthworks DK25/R   |   download wav

Individual Recorded Segments

Drum set recorded with 7 conventional microphones   |   download wav

Drum set recorded with DK25/R   |   download wav

DK25/L Live Performance DrumKit System

You will hear two comparative recordings of a set of drums miked with two different sets of microphones.

1st – a drum set miked with 7 popular microphones; 2-AKG 300 cardioids for overheads, 2-Sennheiser 421s on toms, Shure SM57 on snare, Shure SM81 on hi-hat and an Audix D-6 on kick drum

2nd – the same drum set miked with 3 Earthworks microphones: 2-SR25 cardioids for overheads and 1-SR25 with KickPad™ on kick drum

(there is a short blank space between each recorded segment)

Comparative Recording

Drum set recorded with 7 conventional microphones, then Earthworks DK25/L   |   download wav

Individual Recorded Segments

Drum set recorded with 7 conventional microphones   |   download wav

Drum set recorded with DK25/L   |   download wav

KickPad™ with Earthworks SR25 Cardioid Microphone

The KickPad™ is an in-line device that plugs into the mic line feeding your kick drum microphone that has a specially designed EQ curve to provide you with an “instant” drum sound, using any kick drum mic of your choice. So no need to sit at the console for long periods of time to get a good kick drum sound. The KickPad™ can do this for you almost instantly.

One of the top recording engineers in Nashville carries a KickPad™ in his pocket. He states that the KickPad saves him time in obtaining a good kick drum sound.

1st – an SR25 on a kick drum

2nd – the same SR25 on a kick drum, with the KickPad™

(there is a short blank space between each recorded segment)

Comparative Recording

Kick Drum recorded with SR25 with no Kickpad™ then with Kickpad™   |   download wav

Individual Recorded Segments

Kick drum recorded with SR25 (without Kickpad™)   |   download wav

Kick Drum recorded with SR25 (with KickPad™)   |   download wav

KickPad with AKG D112 Cardioid Mic

The KickPad™ is an in-line device that plugs into the mic line feeding your kick drum microphone that has a specially designed EQ curve to provide you with an “instant” drum sound, using any kick drum mic of your choice. So no need to sit at the console for long periods of time to get a good kick drum sound. The KickPad can do this for you almost instantly.

One of the top recording engineers in Nashville carries a KickPad™ in his pocket. He states that the KickPad™ saves him time in obtaining a good kick drum sound.

1st – Kick drum recorded with AKG D112

2nd – Kick drum recorded with AKG D112 (with KickPad™)

(there is a short blank space between each recorded segment)

Comparative Recording

Kick Drum recorded with AKG D112 no KickPad™, then with KickPad™   |   download wav

Individual Recorded Segments

Kick Drum recorded with AKG D112 (without Kickpad™)   |   download wav

Kick drum recorded with AKG D112 (with KickPad™)   |   download wav

Earthworks SR25 Cardioids as Drum Overheads

Whatever your preference for drum mics, your overall drum sound can be dramatically improved by using a pair of Earthworks SR25s as overheads. The two recordings below will let you experience this improvement for yourself.

1st – Drum set miked with 7 popular microphones; 2-AKG 300 cardioids for overheads, 2-Sennheiser 421s on toms, Shure SM57 on snare, Shure SM81 on hi-hat and an Audix D-6 on kick drum

2nd – The same drum set using the same microphones, however, replacing the AKG overheads with Earthworks SR25 overheads

(there is a short blank space between each recorded segment)

Comparative Recording

Drum set miked with 7 popular microphones, then replace overheads with Earthworks SR25s   |   download wav

Individual Recorded Segments

Drum set miked with 7 popular microphones using AKG 300 cardioids as overheads   |   download wav

Drum set miked with 7 popular microphones using Earthworks SR25s as overheads   |   download wav

Earthworks DK50/R Premium DrumKit System

During a recording session, we decided to try some 50kHz mics as overheads. The results were stunning. In fact this was so dramatic, we decided to create a Premium DrumKit system with 2 QTC50 omnis and an SR30 with KickPad for kick drum. We would like for you to experience this difference for yourself.

1st – Drum set miked with 7 popular microphones; 2-AKG 300 cardioids for overheads, 2-Sennheiser 421s on toms, Shure SM57 on snare, Shure SM81 on hi-hat and an Audix D-6 on kick drum

2nd – The same set of drums miked with 2 QTC50s for overheads and a SR30 with KickPad on kick drum

(there is a short blank space between each recorded segment)

Comparative Recording

Drum set miked with 7 popular microphones, then Earthworks DK50/R   |   download wav

Individual Recorded Segments

Drum set recorded with 7 conventional microphones   |   download wav

Drum set recorded with DK50/R   |   download wav

Earthworks DFK1 Drum FullKit System

We had tried a number of microphone combinations for miking drums. So, we decided to mike every element of a drum set using only Earthworks microphones. First, hear a drum set miked with 9 conventional microphones, then the same drum set miked with 9 Earthworks microphones from the DFK1.

1st – Drum set miked with 9 popular microphones; 2-AKG 300 cardioids for overheads, 4-Sennheiser 421s on toms, Shure SM57 on snare, Shure SM81 on hi-hat and an Audix D-6 on kick drum

2nd – The same drum set miked with 9 Earthworks microphones; 2-SR25s for overheads, 4-DP30/Cs on toms, a DP30/C on snare, an SR30 on hi-hat and an SR30 with KickPad on kick drum

(there is a short blank space between each recorded segment)

Comparative Recording

Drum set miked with 9 popular microphones, then Earthworks DFK1   |   download wav

Individual Recorded Segments

Drum set recorded with 9 conventional microphones   |   download wav

Drum set recorded with DFK1   |   download wav

Earthworks DP30/C on Snare

1st – A recording of a snare drum miked with the Shure SM57

2nd – The same snare recorded with an Earthworks DP30/C

(there is a short blank space between each recorded segment)

Comparative Recording

Shure SM57 on Snare, then Earthworks DP30/C   |   download wav

Individual Recorded Segments

Shure SM57 on Snare   |   download wav

Earthworks DP30/C on Snare   |   download wav

Earthworks DP30/C on Toms

TThe Earthworks DP30/C drum and snare microphone mounts on the drum rim and has a rugged gooseneck that allows exact positioning of the microphone head. Designed to capture all the subtleties and nuances of your drums, while being rugged enough to take a direct hit from a drumstick, the DP30/C will change the way you think about miking your toms and snare.

1st – A recording of a tom miked with the Sennheiser 421

2nd – The same tom recorded with an Earthworks DP30/C

(there is a short blank space between each recorded segment)

Comparative Recording

Sennheiser 421 on Tom, then Earthworks DP30/C   |   download wav

Individual Recorded Segments

Sennheiser 421 on Tom   |   download wav

Earthworks DP30/C on Tom   |   download wav

Audible Differences of Microphone High Frequency Response on Drums

Scientific studies have shown that harmonics in music can go up to 100kHz and beyond. Other studies indicate that most humans can perceive sounds above 20kHz. This can be demonstrated in the following series of separate recordings of a drum set, each recorded with different overhead microphones with varying high frequency response from 20kHz up to 50kHz.

1stTC20 with a 20kHz response

2ndTC25 with a 25kHz response

3rdQTC30 with a 30kHz response

4thQTC40 with a 40kHz response

5thQTC50 with a 50kHz response

(there is a short blank space between each recorded segment)

Comparative Recording

20kHz to 50kHz microphones as Drum Overheads   |   download wav

Individual Recorded Segments

TC20 on Drums   |   download wav

TC25 on Drums   |   download wav

QTC30 on Drums   |   download wav

QTC40 on Drums   |   download wav

QTC50 on Drums   |   download wav

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