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    AE3000 or MD421 II for toms, snare, and kick

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    Which would be better for toms, snare, and kick AE3000 or MD421 II?

    I have one MD421II and I love it. I use it as a room mic because it picks up so much punch from the kick, it's amazing!

    Any other opinions? What mic's would do a better job than these two in the same price range?

    This is what I plan on doing:

    AE3000 or MD421II on the top of the toms (four)
    Shure 57's on the bottom of the toms (four)
    MD421II in the kick
    Audix D-6 in the kick
    Audix D-6 Beater side
    Audio Technica ATM25 clamped on the rim of the resonance side of the kick
    AE3000 or MD421II on the top of the snare
    Shure 57 on the bottom of the snare
    AT4041 three as left, right, and center over heads
    ATM450 three over snare, and to the left and right shoulder of drummer

    20 mic's in all

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    WOW man...wow...you are definitely in the overkill zone. Most of the time the resonate side of drums don't get miced. Two mics on the kick is plenty. Two overheads is plenty. To be honest, your recording would probably be worse off if you used all those mics.

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    Talk about a phase nightmare!

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    I haven't had any phasing problems yet and the kit I have miked up right now has 13 mics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xiwiwix
    I haven't had any phasing problems yet and the kit I have miked up right now has 13 mics.
    You're lucky.

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    could you post samples of what your drums sounds like now

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    Yes, I will today.

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    I've got to hear this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xiwiwix
    I haven't had any phasing problems yet and the kit I have miked up right now has 13 mics.
    yes, you do
    In His Name
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    I have an AE3000 and I think it's a great mic. I did a comparison of it against a number of other mics, and found it to be my favorite overall mic. It sounded good to great in almost every application (including throughout the kit, and guitar cab), except for the kick. I couldn't bring myself to put it inside the kick, but outside, it sounded like crap. And it was my favorite on the snare (just poking out above the rim... but try lowering it to mic the shell to capture a little less attack and more of the shell itself).
    I agree with the others, do you really need 20 mics on a kit? I've never heard of anyone going through that much trouble. Remember, you will have 20 mics and their settings, and overall sound to check every time you go back to do another session. I've always understood the point to use as many mics as necessary to capture all the sounds, but also to use as few as possible to minimize difficulty and redundancies. I really can't imagine ever needing to put more than about 10 mics on a 5 piece kit. But good luck. I think you're doing a lot more work than you need to, for a very minimal (if any) increase in quality, at the cost of a great deal of hassle.

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