The Best Drum Mic Kit For Your Microphone Collection

If you are searching for the best drum mic kit, there is a few things that we need to consider.  Firstly, do you need drum a drum mic kit?  For example, I have 5 SM57 BETA mics for my recording rig that I could use on stage.  The downfall of doing this is that these kits have clips that make it easy to attach for that particular mic.  It saves time having those clips which is what brought me to purchase a drum mic kit.  However, if you are on a budget, keep in mind that it is an option.

Do You Need Drum Overhead Mics


In my experience with live sound, I have found that the need for drum overheads depend on the size of venue you are running.  It would be absolutely unnecessary to have overheads in a smaller venue as cymbals get pretty loud naturally.  However, if you plan to use the drum mic kit that you purchase in the studio too, you may want to have a couple condenser mics available.  Note that condenser mics can get a little higher in price than dynamic microphones.  For more on the different types of microphones, check out our article over that here.

The Best Drum Mic Kit For Your Needs


All of these drum mic kits are great, but the one you should purchase depends on what your specific needs are or what you want to be prepared for.  (The following products contain affiliate links.  This means at no additional cost to you, I get paid if you click through and make a purchase)

Shure DMK57-52

  • 3 SM57's
  • 1 Beta 52A

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Audix DP7

  • 1x i5 mic for snare top or bottom
  • 2x 2D mic for toms
  • 1x D4 mic for floor tom/kick drum
  • 2x ADX51 condenser mics for overheads
  • 1x D6 mic for kick drum

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Shure PGA 5

  • 1x PGA52 for kick drum
  • 3x PGA56 instrument mics
  • 1x PGA57 instrument mic

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Shure PGA 7

  • 1x PGA52 for kick drum
  • 3x PGA56 instrument mics
  • 1x PGA57 instrument mic
  • 2x PGA181 condenser mics

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If you still find yourself wondering what the best drum mic kit is for your needs or if you have any questions at all about live sound or recording, we are always here to help!  We can be contacted through our contact us page found here.

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