After struggling with the MXL Drum Cubes placement and spill from other instruments I decided to make a change. The cubes sound great and would work better for me if I were using them in a lower tom count like a trap set. I prefer to have all of my toms individually miked to allow the fills and tom work to be mixed in with more clarity. I was getting major spill on each of the tom mics that made it difficult to mix and made the kit sound huge. Not bad in itself, but not what I am trying to accomplish with my kit.
I thought long and hard about what to do and decided to talk to Matt Fuller at Sweetwater as I discovered I had a credit and they offer an awesome no interest plan on purchases for 6 months or greater. I also have a great track record with Matt and his guidance during this home recording adventure. I told him my dilemma and we discussed other options. He recommended Audix Tom Mics. Like the MXL Mics I would be buying them based on feedback and reviews without actually being able to demo them properly.
He explained that they were a Hypercardoid mic that would really focus the sound in front and minimize sound from around and beyond the tom. The MXL Drum cubes sound wonderful but I had to have them far off the tom heads than I liked thus adding to the spill. Matt then recommended the Audix D2 and D4 series as an affordable option to help tighten up my kit sound.
So far I am very impressed. I am getting a much tighter sound from each mic from the drum. I have noticed some resonance still from the bass drums resonating through the larger toms and plan to correct that this weekend. I also hear more of the Hi-Hat than I like in the 8 and 10 inch tom mics. They just need a little readjusting. Here they are on the kit:
I will have the MXL Drum Cubes on my website for purchase at a great price soon. I may keep a couple to have on hand to use for other musicians or a room mic. Like I say, I do love them but just weren’t an exact fit for my toms.
As always, keep on drumming. I am still awaiting some final mixes to share with my drumming submissions.