Are drum mics and regular mics the same?!?

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    Are drum mics and regular mics the same?!?

    I herd from a freind that a drum mic is the same as a regular mic I'm pretty sure he's wrong but just making sure because I am recording soon and rather just use my regular mics then going out and borrowing/buying my own when I'm not even a drummer.

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    I know they do have a Bass Drum mic. So at least one mic is dedicated to drums

    EDIT: Also, that is the extent of my Mic knowledge

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    There is no such thing as a drum microphone per se (unless something is shaped to fit a drum). However, some are more tuned to being used on drums. The AKG D112 and Audix D6 tend to be used for kick drums, but you'll find anything from SM57s, i5s, MD421s or whatever else on snares, toms and anything like that.

    These same microphones will easily be used for other purposes too. A D112 and D6 can be used on a bass or guitar cab, and obviously an SM57 or i5 can do the same.

    Essentially, there is no set thing as a "drum microphone", only microphones which may sound better for whatever reason than others on drums.

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    There is no such thing as a drum mic.

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    They "tune" them for use with drums. They are usually bad.

    Affordable drum mics and even most expensive ones rarely sound as good as a regular non specific use mic. The frequency response curves they usually have are dull and a bad idea. The kick drum mics are the worst offenders. They assume you want lots of bass and nothing else, and it's not really impressive low end either just a boomy boost and a slightly extended low end response. And they roll off the highs like crazy. High end ones are done more tastefully and can be useful live sometimes, but they are really really out there expensive and some of those are useless too.

    In a studio setup you may not see a single application specific mic on the drums at all.

    Budget setup I like:
    Sm57 for kick and snare top
    Two condenser overheads
    Large Diaphragm condensers on toms
    Maybe two condensers for room mics if the room sounds good enough(not usually)

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    crooks is correct.

    certain mics will get you certain sounds. Some of these sounds work better for different kinds of drums. which might also work for non drums as well. i tend to use a d6 in the kick. i was using a beta 52 but preferred the d6 to it and now use the 52 on bass cabs.

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    I like the AKG now end bass drum mic better than the d6. I think its the 112. I own a d6 and wish I had gone differently.

    I like anything with fast transients. Ribbon microphone are actually my favorite things to put on drums but then you start getting expensive quick.

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    Drum mics are only a small part of the battle to recording good drums. It is my experience that the set itself, the room it is in, and last but not least the guy running the sticks are all much more important than having top shelf drum mics.
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